• Short Summary

    Supporters of former President Ngo Dinh Diem attended a Requiem Mass at Saigon Church on Saturday (2 November), and then walked in procession through the streets of the South Vietnamese capital to the President's grave in the Mac Chi Cemetery.

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    Supporters of former President Ngo Dinh Diem attended a Requiem Mass at Saigon Church on Saturday (2 November), and then walked in procession through the streets of the South Vietnamese capital to the President's grave in the Mac Chi Cemetery.

    A simple memorial ceremony was performed before the grave by various notable supporters, including the former Chairman of the South Vietnamese National Assembly, Trong Vinh Le, and Senator Ngo Trong Hieu, formerly the Minister for Civic Action. Also present was the Chairman of the Senate Mr. Tran Van Lam, and President Diem's brother, Mr. Ngo Dinh Nhu.

    The church service and the graveside ceremony did not attract a large number of people, and it seemed that most of those that did attend were women. The previous day, the beleaguered President Nguyen Van Thieu had visited a military cemetery to light a flame before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate National Day.

    As with the earlier ceremony, the procession for former President Diem was provided with a tight security net, to prevent any further demonstrations by Catholics and Buddhists against president Thieu. Earlier in the week, the man who replaced President Diem after his downfall, General Minh, had attacked President Thieu by saying the country needed a new "set of leaders".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7LJQ84L4EG03I0S5ESG45CKWJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7LJQ84L4EG03I0S5ESG45CKWJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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