South Vietnamese Buddhists are continuing active opposition to the ruling military junta. In Saigon on?
Saigon demonstrators running; police with gas masks; jeep on fire; Heu monk addressing crowd.
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Background: South Vietnamese Buddhists are continuing active opposition to the ruling military junta. In Saigon on Tuesday, bands of Buddhists burned two jeeps and clashed with riot police. Meanwhile, in the dissident northern city of Hue, the situation remained confused, with thousands of altars set up a week earlier in passive resistance to the government still lining the streets of the city.
In Saigon, about 500 youths and monks tried to march to the United States Embassy, but were stopped by riot police and barbed wire coils. They turned back to burn an American and a South Vietnamese jeep, seizing a sub-machine gun and ammunition from the American one.
As the demonstrators clashed again and again with the riot police, monks tried to stop youths from hurling backs gas grenades. A 19-year-old girl was shot and severely wounded.
In Hue, Government riot police set up three machine guns near the central market "to impress the people" and patrolled through the main streets of the old university town. But they remained careful not to provoke the mainly Buddhist population or the several thousand troops of the locally-based First Division.