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    THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM ON FEBRUARY 27 THERE WERE DEMONSTRATIONS OF POPULAR SUPPORT AND LOYALTY FOR PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM.

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    THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM ON FEBRUARY 27 THERE WERE DEMONSTRATIONS OF POPULAR SUPPORT AND LOYALTY FOR PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM. EARLIER IN THE DAY THE 61-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT HAD ESCAPED INJURY WHEN TWO FIGHTER-BOMBERS OF HIS OWN AIR FORCE, SENT ON A MISSION AGAINST THE COMMUNIST VIET CONG REBELS FROM NORTH VIETNAM, INSTEAD ATTACKED THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN SAIGON, THE CAPITAL. ONE WING OF THE PALACE WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY MACHINE-GUN BULLETS, ROCKETS AND FIRE-BOMBS. FOUR PEOPLE WERE LATER REPORTED KILLED AND ABOUT THIRTY WOUNDED.

    ONE MASS RALLY SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT WAS HELD IN THE TOWN OF CAU MAU, IN AN XUYEN PROVINCE, 150 MILES FROM SAIGON. AMONG THOSE REPRESENTED AT THE RALLY WERE YOUTH AND WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS, ORGANISATIONS, MARINES OF THE VIETNAMESE ARMY ENGAGED ON HOPPING UP OPERATIONS IN THE REGION, AND SCHOOLCHILDREN. THEY HEARD THE LOCAL ARMY COMMANDER, LT.-COL. PHAN VAN UT, APPEAL FOR CALM AND FOR LOYALTY TO THE PRESIDENT. AFTER THE SPEECHES A PARADE WAS HELD THROUGH THE TOWN. THE MARCHERS CARRIED PORTRAITS OF THE PRESIDENT AND BANNERS WITH LOYAL SLOGANS.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAM AIR FORCE LATER JOINED PATRIOTIC ORGANISATIONS IN DEMANDING "DRASTIC SANCTIONS" AGAINST THE TWO PILOTS, - ONE WAS CAPTURED WHEN HIS PLANE SHOT DOWN AND THE OTHER CRASH-LANDED HIS PLANE IN NEIGHBOURING CAMBODIA. THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT LED THE OUTCRY FOR THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE PILOTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8ZAR38HPIYV6C6U9290NOXROM
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ZAR38HPIYV6C6U9290NOXROM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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