• Short Summary

    More than 1,000 businessmen, intellectuals, Catholic priests and Buddhist monks took part in a government organised "work-in" in the Saigon region on Friday (16 April).

  • Description

    More than 1,000 businessmen, intellectuals, Catholic priests and Buddhist monks took part in a government organised "work-in" in the Saigon region on Friday (16 April).

    The men attended a "work-in" rally in the capital before going out to work in the fields around the Thanh My Hamlet, some 30 miles north-west of Saigon.

    At the rally they were addressed by the Chairman of the City Peoples' Revolutionary Committee, Mr. Vo Ven Kiet. Mr. Kiet said that carrying a hoe was "carrying a vote for peaceful, independent, unified and socialist Vietnam".

    Amongst the group were many university professors and tutors and for most of them it was the first time they ever held a hoe or a shovel.

    Buddhist monks stripped off their robes and helped dig a canal in preparation for the district's first rice crop in 30 years.

    The district was a main target for U.S. bombing during the Vietnam war, but now an attempt is being made to turn the wasteland into a thriving agricultural area.

    SYNOPSIS: More than a thousand businessmen, intellectuals, Catholic priests and Buddhist monks took part in a government organised "work-in" in south Vietnam on Friday. The workers attended a rally in Saigon and were addressed by the Chairman of the City Peoples' Revolutionary committee, Mr. Vo Van Kiet.

    Mr. Kiet told them that carrying a hoe was "carrying a vote for a peaceful, independent, unified and socialist Vietnam".

    After the rally a brass band led the workers in a parade through the streets of the capital.

    Amongst the group were many university professors and tutors -- many of whom had never held a shovel or a hoe before. But they soon got used to their new tools in the fields around the Thanh My Hamlet, about 30 miles north-west of Saigon.

    The district was a main target for U.S. bombing during the Vietnam war and an attempt is now being made to turn it into a thriving agricultural area. The workers helped dig a canal in preparation for the district's first rice crop in 30 years.

    Buddhist monks stripped off their robes and helped cut bamboo poles to build houses and rest rooms for the working group. A woman lawyer, who was among the group, said helping the land return to prosperity "was easier than arguing all day with a judge".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6PMGFXI7M4EDOWDTZU61AVF41
    Media URN:
    VLVA6PMGFXI7M4EDOWDTZU61AVF41
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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