• Short Summary

    YOUNG MILITARY OFFICERS EXECUTED A PARTIAL COUP D'ETAT AGAINST SOUTH VIETNAM'S AMERICAN-SUPPORTED GOVERNMENT IN SAIGON ON DECEMBER 20.

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    YOUNG MILITARY OFFICERS EXECUTED A PARTIAL COUP D'ETAT AGAINST SOUTH VIETNAM'S AMERICAN-SUPPORTED GOVERNMENT IN SAIGON ON DECEMBER 20. THIS MILITARY MOVE CAME AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF POLITICAL TENSION IN SAIGON, RESULTING FROM BUDDHIST OPPOSITION TO THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. TRAN VAN HUONG.

    THE COUP WAS LEAD BY NINE OFFICERS POPULARLY KNOWN AS THE "YOUNG TURKS". UNDER PRESSURE FROM THESE YOUNG GENERALS THE 17-MEMBER HIGH NATIONAL COUNCIL WAS DISSOLVED ON THE GROUNDS IT WAS INCAPABLE OF DEALING WITH THE PRESENT POLITICAL CRISIS. THE COUNCIL SERVED AS A LEGISLATURE.

    DESPITE THE COUP D'ETAT THE CHIEF OF STATE MR. PHAN KHAC SUU AND PRIME MINISTER TRAN VAN HUONG, BOTH SUPPORTED BY WASHINGTON, HAVE REMAINED IN OFFICE.

    THE GENERALS WHO LED THE MILITARY PURGE AGAINST VIETNAM'S HIGH NATIONAL COUNCIL AND DISSIDENT POLITICIANS TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE PREMIER AND THE CHIEF OF STATE HAD AGREED TO THEIR DECISION.

    BRIG.-GEN. NGUYEN CHANH THI, APPARENT LEADER OF THE GROUP, SAID THE CHIEF OF STATE MR. PHAN KHAC SUU WOULD EXERCISE ALL LEGISLATIVE POWER UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT CONVENED A NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WITHIN THREE MONTHS. THE GOVERNMENT OF MR. TRAN VAN HUONG WOULD CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER THE AFFAIRS OF THE STATE.

    ON THE SAME DAY THERE WAS WIDESPREAD RUMOURS THAT A TOP BUDDHIST LEADER WOULD BURN HIMSELF IN PROTEST AGAINST THE TRAN VAN HUONG GOVERNMENT. AT THE NATIONAL BUDDHIST HEADQUARTERS, AMID FEARS OF MORE SUICIDAL ATTEMPTS BY BUDDHIST LEADERS, VEN. THAM CHAU, THE WIRY LITTLE MONK WHO DECLARED "POLITICAL WAR" ON THE BUDDHISTS AFTER PRAYERS.

    THE BUDDHISTS WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THERE HAVE BEEN MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT BUDDHIST ACTIVITIES AND TO ANNOUNCE A CLEAR-CUT TIMETABLE FOR THE FORMATION OF A NATIONAL CONVENTION, WHICH WILL SERVE AS A LEGISLATURE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA905FKFZMQFUNXGTNT76LQ5CVC
    Media URN:
    VLVA905FKFZMQFUNXGTNT76LQ5CVC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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