• Short Summary

    PREPARATIONS FOR THIS MONTH'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN SOUTH VIETNAM WERE STEPPED UP EARLY THIS WEEK WITH MORE THAN 300 CANDIDATES CONTESTING IN SAIGON ALONE.

  • Description

    PREPARATIONS FOR THIS MONTH'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN SOUTH VIETNAM WERE STEPPED UP EARLY THIS WEEK WITH MORE THAN 300 CANDIDATES CONTESTING IN SAIGON ALONE.THEIR SUPPORTERS WERE HARD AT WORK DISTRIBUTING LEAFLETS AND STICKING UP POSTERS, WHILE THE CANDIDATES THEMSELVES HELD ELECTION RALLIES SEEKING VOTES FOR THE POLLING ON AUG 31.

    THE ELECTION WAS BEING FOUGHT AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF EXTENSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS BY BUDDHISTS PROTESTING AT ALLEGED RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BY PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM AND HIS PREDOMINANTLY ROMAN CATHOLIC GOVERNMENT.FOUR MONKS AND A NUN HAD BURNED THEMSELVES TO DEATH IN RITUALISTIC SUICIDE PROTEST.

    YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THE DISPUTE CAME TO A HEAD AS MONKS AND LAYMEN FOUGHT GOVERNMENT TROOPS OCCUPYING THE BUDDHIST PAGODAS.PRESIDENT DIEM DECLARED MARTIAL LAW AND HUNDREDS OF BUDDHIST MONKS AND NUNS WERE SEIZED.SAIGON ITSELF IS NOW UNDER COMPLETE CURFEW -- ITS SHOPS CLOSED, ROADS BLOCKADED AND ALL MOVEMENT BARRED, EXCEPT FOR SECURITY FORCES.

    THE NEW AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH VIETNAM, MR.HENRY CABOT LODGE, WHO WAS ALREADY ON HIS WAY TO TAKE UP HIS POST, HAS BEEN ORDERED TO FLY DIRECT TO SAIGON.STOPPING OVER IN TOKYO, HE HAD NOT BEEN DUE TO ARRIVE UNTIL NEXT MONDAY.

    IN WASHINGTON, MR.TRAN VAN CHUONG, SOUTH VIETNAMESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, RESIGNED TODAY.HE SAID: "I CANNOT GO ON REPRESENTING A GOVERNMENT WHICH IGNORES MY ADVICE AND OF WHICH I DISAPPROVE." MR.CHUONG, A CONFUCIAN IS THE FATHER OF PRESIDENT DIEM'S SISTER-IN-LAW, MADAME NGO DINH NHU.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6KHCC0AVXC5R8H49YM4HW69A
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KHCC0AVXC5R8H49YM4HW69A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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