• Short Summary

    TROOPS OPENED FIRE ON A CROWD OF ABOUT 3,000 ROMAN CATHOLIC DEMONSTRATORS IN FRONT OF THE NATIONAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

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    TROOPS OPENED FIRE ON A CROWD OF ABOUT 3,000 ROMAN CATHOLIC DEMONSTRATORS IN FRONT OF THE NATIONAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). ONE EYE-WITNESS REPORTED ABOUT 20 CASUALTIES AND ALTER REPORTS HAVE STATED THAT SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED.

    THE 3,000 PERSONS INCLUDED MANY YOUTHS ARMED WITH AXES, STICKS, KNIVES AND BOTTLES. THEY TIRED TO STORM THE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING SHOUTING SLOGANS DEMANDING THAT THE MILITARY JUNTA UNDER GENERAL KHANH SHOULD STAY IN POWER DESPITE BUDDHIST DEMANDS THAT IT SHOULD QUIT.

    GENERAL KHANH RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT THREE DAYS AGO IN THE FACE OF STRONG BUDDHIST OPPOSITION.

    ABOUT 100 WELL ARMED TROOPS AND MILITARY POLICE GUARDED THE GATES OF THE HEADQUARTERS AS THE DEMONSTRATORS THREATENED TO BREAK THROUGH THE BARBED WIRE BARRICADES. SUDDENLY A SHOT WAS FIRED IN TO THE AIR AND THE CROWD RUSHED THE GATES. DEMONSTRATORS THREW STONES AND OTHER MISSILES AS THE SHOOTING CONTINUED. BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE RIOT AND MANY MORE INJURED.

    IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER THE DEMONSTRATION WHEN THE FUTURE OF SOUTH VIETNAM'S RULING MILITARY JUNTA BECAME KNOWN. A COMMUNIQUE SAID THE MILITARY JUNTA WOULD DISSOLVE ITSELF LEAVING A TRIUMVIRATE LEADERSHIP COMPOSED OF GENERAL DUONG DAN MINH, UNTIL RECENTLY CHIEF OF STATE; GENERAL KHANH; AND GENERAL TRAN THIEM KHIEM, FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER.

    THE NEW LEADERSHIP DOES NOT HAVE ANY SPECIFIC TERM OF OFFICE, AND THE EXISTING CARETAKER GOVERNMENT IS TO CONTINUE IN OFFICE WITH THE TASK OF CALLING A NATIONAL CONGRESS WITHIN TWO MONTHS TO ELECT A NEW NATIONAL LEADER.

    THE MILITARY JUNTA'S DECISION CAME AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF DISCUSSION. LATTER-HALF OF OUR FILM SHOWS GENERAL KHANH LEAVING A MEETING ON THE PREVIOUS DAY WHEN THE MILITARY JUNTA HAD SPENT SEVERAL HOURS DISCUSSING THE LEADERSHIP WITHOUT COMING TO A DECISION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7NTCPR5RCB3PSGI0Q3AGBWPZ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA7NTCPR5RCB3PSGI0Q3AGBWPZ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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