• Short Summary

    "The City of Hue remains the center of Buddhist resistance, however, and it was there that the first of nine Buddhist suicides occurred last week.

    (Sound of chanting in background)
    "They burned themselves in fanatic, sickening rituals.

  • Description

    "The City of Hue remains the center of Buddhist resistance, however, and it was there that the first of nine Buddhist suicides occurred last week.

    (Sound of chanting in background)
    "They burned themselves in fanatic, sickening rituals. The flames which ravaged the nine bodies symbolized opposition to the government, anti-American, and a chaotic division within Buddhist ranks. The suicides also suggest something else: the unhappiness of a nation so benumbed by 20 years of war that it cannot express shock any more at seeing these human torches of protest.

    "Holding the American responsible for their trouble, students in Hue decided to attack the U.S. Consulate Building, which has been hastily evacuated. They charged that Premier Ky's province chief, with American support, denied them the radio station they had used for two months. This called for a show of force. And to show their displeasure with the province chief and with the American for supporting the Juanta, thousands of students stormed the building, left unprotected by Ky's troops.

    (Sound of shouting from crowd)
    "Pleased at being able to run amuck through the streets, the students gutted the building.

    (Sounds of shouting up)
    "And today Hue is still a bastion of the Buddhist extremists. Still as volatile as the butane gas cylinder that exploded during the fire.

    Saigon was volatile, too, with the venerable Tien Min, lieutenant of Buddhist leader Tri Quang, the victim of an assassination attempt. Min was seriously wounded by an unknown assailant, and Buddhists said that the grenade thrown of his car came from the hands of a junta supporter. The attempt, made during the compromise moves, further aggravated Buddhist-government relations. As usual, partial blame for the attack was cast on Americans.

    "Funeral for those who burned themselves to death attracted thousands of mourners in Saigon. Extremists in the Buddhists' ranks could have used this funeral for an emotional anti-Ky incident, but due, perhaps, to the temperizing of the venerable Tam Chau, who led the procession, there were no incidents. Chau was one of the architects of the compromise plan. Some nuns and monks attacked him for his efforts of trying then to achieve a peaceful settlement and for attempting to prevent the suicides by fire.

    "It was up to the venerable Ho Chiao, a Buddhist extremist turned moderate, to outline the compromise plan for 15,000 in Saigon. 'By Monday,' he said, 'the ruling junta would be doubled with the addition of ten civilians.'
    "But while he spoke, Buddhists at the edges of the crowd began to demonstrate against the compromise efforts and against the Americans. They surged forward, and ran through the meeting with signs that accused Ky of having surrendered at the Honolulu conference to President Johnson, whom they called an international imperialist.'
    (Sound of Vietnamese speaker up)
    "Buddhist youths tried to stop the protest, and before the meeting was over, twenty Buddhist extremists, dead-set against the compromise plan, had to be forcibly restrained by the crowd from carrying out threats to burn themselves on the spot if the Ky government did not immediately resign.

    (Sound of crowd talking and shouting in background)
    "The moderate Tam Chau, the head of the Buddhist Institute for Secular Affairs, the political arm of the church, now says the Buddhists won't cooperate in setting up the enlarged Directorate. What they want is Ky's resignation.

    "The extremist, Tri Quang, not only wants Ky's resignation, he also says he'll order a boycott of the elections this September if the government doesn't step down. Attempts, therefore, to achieve political peace by compromise have failed. The Buddhists will exert additional pressure to make Ky resign. And until he does, there'll likely be more suicide by fire and more riots.

    (Sound of person talking in another language - and then another man saying, 'She looks beautiful.' Then an announcement of advertisement - by Ed White, to young people, to continue their education, to visit their state employment service for training programs in case they have left or been graduated from school)
    "If Tri Quang's boycott materializes, an important segment of South Viet Nam's voters, the Buddhists, will not take part in

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8DWIVLKE445I71FW5CMGQC76M
    Media URN:
    VLVA8DWIVLKE445I71FW5CMGQC76M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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