• Short Summary

    South Vietnamese police and anti-government demonstrators clashed violently in the suburbs of Saigon on Thursday (31 October), leaving at least 60 people injured, 10 of them seriously.

  • Description

    South Vietnamese police and anti-government demonstrators clashed violently in the suburbs of Saigon on Thursday (31 October), leaving at least 60 people injured, 10 of them seriously.

    The clash began when police surrounded Catholic church on the outskirts of Saigon to prevent leaders of he largely Catholic anti-corruption movement from joining some 5,000 of their supporters more than half a mile away.

    In the two-hour battle, the leader of the movement, Father Tran Huu Thanh, was slightly hurt in the face, while an opposition Assembly Deputy was seriously injured and had to be taken to hospital.

    Earlier, Father Tranh told a crowd of about 2,000 at the Tan Sa Chau church that President Nguyan Van Thieu should resign immediately and hand over power to the people.

    It was the first time Father Thanh had called for the President's removal.

    Central Saigon returned to normal late Thursday afternoon after police removed road blockades set up earlier in the morning to precent demonstrators marching to the Supreme Court.

    But demonstrations are expected to continue despite concessions by President Thieu and the dismissals of prominent government and military officials. The leaders of the anti-government movement have said that it is a change in government policy, and not a change personnel within the government that is needed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7E1FQBMRUUJZTXJKLJHPEEP4V
    Media URN:
    VLVA7E1FQBMRUUJZTXJKLJHPEEP4V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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