Troops loyal to Premier Nugyen Cao Ky have crushed the Buddhist uprising in the northern South Vietnamese city of Danang.
Troops loyal to Premier Nugyen Cao Ky have crushed the Buddhist uprising in the northern South Vietnamese city of Danang. On Monday (23 May) 400 rebel troops and hundreds of civilians - many of them children - surrendered to Premier Ky's troops.
The defeat of the rebel forces in Danang came after bitter fighting on Saturday and Sunday.
The peak of the fighting was reached on Saturday when government troops seized one of three Buddhist pagodas where rebel soldiers and minks were holding out. This was the first Buddhist pagoda to fall to government troops. And, it was at this pagoda where the first two monks were killed in the civil war.
Dozens of shells hit the pagoda, chipping away hunks of plaster and decorations and partly demolishing the outside fence. Many civilians were hurt. A dazed boy, helped to safety by his mother, was wounded in the fighting near the city market. He was rushed to the hospital in the same army truck that brought up more ammunition to the government Marines. The ammunition carried the hand-clasp sign that showed they were give by the United States as foreign aid to fight the Viet Cong.
One rebel captured by government troops was summarily executed by a Marine captain.