• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE BUDDHIST YOUTH LEADER THICH THIEN MINH WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED BY A GRENADE EXPLOSION ON WEDNESDAY IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN SAIGON.

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE BUDDHIST YOUTH LEADER THICH THIEN MINH WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED BY A GRENADE EXPLOSION ON WEDNESDAY IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN SAIGON. HE WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL, WHERE HIS CONDITION WAS DESCRIBED AS "VERY SERIOUS." BUDDHISTS LATER ASSEMBLED WITH BANNERS ACCUSING THE MILITARY JUNTA AND THE UNITED STATES OF BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THROWING THE BOMB AT THICH THIEN MINH'S CAR, AND THERE WAS A MASSIVE TORCHLIGHT DEMONSTRATION.

    THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OCCURRED AS THICH THIEN MINH WAS DRIVING FROM THE VIEN HOA DAO PAGODA TO BUDDHIST YOUTH HEADQUARTERS. THICH THIEN MINH, A CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF MILITANT BUDDHIST MONK THICH TRI QUANG, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE LEADERS IN THE PRESENT ANTI-GOVERNMENT AGITATION.

    THE UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH LATER ISSUED A COMMUNIQUE SAYING THE GOVERNMENT WAS HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK. SIGNED BY THE MODERATE BUDDHIST THICH TAM CHAU, THE STATEMENT DESCRIBED THE ATTEMPTED MURDER AS PART OF AN ANTI-BUDDHIST PLOT.

    SHORTLY AFTER THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT A SMALL GROUP OF BUDDHIST YOUTHS BURNED AN AMERICAN MILITARY JEEP IN THE STREET NEAR THE VIEN HOA DAO PAGODA. IN THE EVENING, THOUSANDS OF BUDDHISTS SWARMED THROUGH THE CITY'S STREETS IN A MAMMOTH DEMONSTRATION. THE TORCH-CARRYING DEMONSTRATORS, DEFYING APPEALS FROM THEIR OWN LEADERS, BURNED AN EFFIGY OF PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND THREW PORTRAITS OF PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CAO K??? AND OTHER SOUTH VIETNAMESE LEADERS ON THE FLAMES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LNGGBZAG8X2MMY8SNJ5MC9LY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LNGGBZAG8X2MMY8SNJ5MC9LY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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