• Short Summary

    TEN THOUSAND YOUNG ROMAN CATHOLICS IN HOME-MADE MILITARY-STYLE UNIFORMS PARADED THROUGH SAIGON STREETS ON SUNDAY IN A MASSIVE WELL-DRILLED SHOW OF STRENGTH.

  • Description

    1.
    GV. YOUTHS WEARING STEEL HELMETS
    0.03

    2.
    SV. TILT DOWN FROM FLAGS TO YOUTHS
    0.11

    3.
    GV. TILT UP...BANNER "YOU'RE GREAT"
    0.15

    4.
    GV & CU'S. GIRLS MARKING TIME IN UNIFORMS
    0.26

    5.
    SV. TILT UP...DITTO
    0.29

    6.
    SV. POLICEMAN IN CROWD WATCHING IN B/G
    0.32

    7.
    GV. PARADE STARTS
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    8.
    GV. PARADE
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    Initials AA/V--S/MGT/JG



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    Background: TEN THOUSAND YOUNG ROMAN CATHOLICS IN HOME-MADE MILITARY-STYLE UNIFORMS PARADED THROUGH SAIGON STREETS ON SUNDAY IN A MASSIVE WELL-DRILLED SHOW OF STRENGTH. THE DEMONSTRATIONS, STAGED AS A WARNING AGAINST GOVERNMENT WEAKNESS IN THE FACE OF BUDDHIST POLITICAL AGITATION, FORMED UP ON THE SAIGON WATERFRONT WHERE A LEADING CATHOLIC PRIEST DENOUNCED THE COMMUNISTS AND "ANY PLOTS LEADING TO A FAKE PEACE."
    AT THE SAME TIME, ABOUT 6,000 BUDDHISTS HELD A PRAYER MEETING IN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BUDDHIST UNIFIED CHURCH AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CITY. FEARS THAT THIS MEETING MIGHT LEAD TO A STREET PARADE AND POSSIBLE CLASHES WITH THE CATHOLICS PROVED UNFOUNDED. BOTH CATHOLICS AND BUDDHISTS WENT HOME QUIETLY.

    SLOGANS IN ENGLISH SCRAWLED ON PLACARDS IN THE CATHOLIC DEMONSTRATION COUNTERED RECENT BUDDHIST ANTI-AMERICANISM. "YANKEES, KOREANS, AUSSIES, AND NEW ZEALANDERS, YOU'RE GREAT," READ THE PLACARDS.

    HUNDREDS OF STEEL-HELMETED POLICE, ARMED WITH TEAR GAS, BATONS AND WICKER SHIELDS STOOD BY, BUT YOUTH LEADERS KEPT THE DISCIPLINED PARADE IN ORDER.

    SMARTLY DRILLED COLUMNS OF GIRLS SANG PATRIOTIC SONGS. THEY WERE DRESSED IN MAUVE SHIRTS, BLACK SLACKS, BLUE SASHES, YELLOW SCARVES AND GREEN JUNGLE HATS. OTHER GIRLS REPRESENTED THE FIRST-AID GROUP OF ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT REFUGEE CENTRES.

    AT THE WATERFRONT MEETING A CATHOLIC LEADER SAID THE RECENT DISORDERS HAD BEEN "INTENTIONALLY OR UNINTENTIONALLY PRODUCED BY A VIOLENT MINORITY DUPED AND ENSNARED BY THE COMMUNISTS ." THE RULING GENERALS MUST QUICKLY RESTORE DEMOCRACY TO SOUTH VIETNAM, HE SAID.

    HE MADE NO DIRECT MENTION OF THE GENERAL ELECTIONS PROMISED FOR SEPTEMBER 11TH, WHICH MANY LEADING CATHOLICS FEEL ARE BEING ORGANISED TOO HASTILY AS A RESULT OF BUDDHIST AGITATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8SQRMKX2J7C18LWNPIE2NL4IS
    Media URN:
    VLVA8SQRMKX2J7C18LWNPIE2NL4IS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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