• Short Summary

    In Saigon on Thursday (November 2), special services were held to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the assassination of former President Ngo Dinh Diem, killed only one day after being deposed by a military coup.

  • Description

    In Saigon on Thursday (November 2), special services were held to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the assassination of former President Ngo Dinh Diem, killed only one day after being deposed by a military coup.

    The details of President Diem's death have never been clear. A year after the start of open hostilities between the North and the South, the Diem regime was becoming increasingly unpopular with all factions. Communist influences in the North were opposed to his Government from the South; the people of the South became disenchanted with his authoritarian persecution of all opponents - including non-Communists and even religious sects. Village government was abolished and a concentration act was enacted. The president's brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, formed a secret political party (the Can-Lao), with sweeping powers.

    The persecutions of the Buddhists led to sacrificial suicides by burning of Buddhist monks and nuns. On the military side, the United States was said to be growing more dissatisfied with the lack of cooperation for their programmes of defence and development of the country.

    Eventually, on November 1st, 1963, a group of officers stormed the Presidential Palace, taking control of the Government. The following day, both President Diem and his brother wee killed.

    Since then, semi-clandestine commemorative services have been held by President Diem's former supporters. This year, while not officially supported by the Government, the service was held openly in Saigon's Catholic Cathedral - with political and military officials present.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6JNLAMK7J3PVT60EMSXRZ1VGY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JNLAMK7J3PVT60EMSXRZ1VGY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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