Nearly 4,000 people attended a sampan rally on the Perfumed River in Hue on Saturday (10 February).
GV Sampans on river arrive for demonstration(3 shots)
SV Signs & loudspeakers
GV Crowds waving flags
SV Effigies of Mme Binh & Ho Chi Minh
SV Crowds listen to speech
SV Effigies of Mme Binh, & Ho Chi Minh burnt & thrown into river
GV Sampan crowded with people drifts down river
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Background: Nearly 4,000 people attended a sampan rally on the Perfumed River in Hue on Saturday (10 February). The rally was organised by the Government against the Viet Cong, with special emphasis on the guerrillas' 'slowness' correspond to the cease-fire.
The sampan protesters heard speeches attacking Viet Cong and North Vietnamese leaders, effigies were burnt of madame binh, the Viet Cong spokesman at the Paris Peace Talks, General Giap and the late President Ho Chi Minh of North Vietnam. The boats then dispersed -- because Saturday was a working day.
SYNOPSIS: Dozens of Sampans were paddled to a mass gathering on the Perfumed River at the South Vietnamese city of Hue on Saturday. They were answering a government call to an anti-communist rally.
Denouncements of both Viet Cong and North Vietnamese leaders blared over loudspeakers as nearly four thousand people gathered for the demonstration. Effigies of communist personalities were mockingly displayed.
Government speakers denounced the Viet Cong and said they'd been slow to respond to the cease-fire.
The rally came to its climax when the effigies of the communists denounced in the speeches were set alight. Among the personalities depicted in the dummies were Madame Binh, the Viet Cong Paris Peace Talks representative, General Giap and Ho Chi Minh, the late North Vietnamese President.
After that, people drifted away, to finish their day's work.