• Short Summary

    POLICE SEALED OFF SAIGON'S PAGODAS AND ARRESTED AT LEAST 150 BUDDHIST YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) AFTER BLOODY CLASHES WITH MONKS AND NUNS DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S RELIGIOUS POLICY.

  • Description

    POLICE SEALED OFF SAIGON'S PAGODAS AND ARRESTED AT LEAST 150 BUDDHIST YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) AFTER BLOODY CLASHES WITH MONKS AND NUNS DEMONSTRATING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S RELIGIOUS POLICY.

    BUDDHIST SOURCES SAID NEARLY 300 WERE ARRESTED BUT INDEPENDENT REPORTS PUT THE FIGURE LOWER.

    THE TROUBLE STARTED WHEN ABOUT 100 BUDDHIST MONKS AND NUNS WITH SOME 500 FOLLOWERS TRIED TO STAGE A PROTECT MARCH FROM A SMALL PAGODA IN THE WESTERN SUBURBS TO THE BIG XA LCI PAGODA A MILD AWAY WHERE BUDDHIST LEADERS ARE ON A 48 HOUR HUNGER STRIKE IN PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY.

    THEY FORCED THEIR WAY THROUGH A DOUBLE BARBED - WIRE CORDON BUT POLICE WITH BATONS HELD THEM BACK.GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, USING A MICROPHONE TOLD THEM TO DISPERSE, BUT SAID THEY WERE PROTESTING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S VIOLATION OF AN AGREEMENT TO GIVE THE BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS EQUALITY.WHILE THE EXCHANGES CONTINUED COUNTER-DEMONSTRATORS, APPARENTLY ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT AGENTS, ARRIVED AND DECLARED THAT THE BUDDHIST WERE CREATING DISSENSION AND PLAYING INTO THE HANDS OF THE COMMUNISTS.

    AFTER TWO HOURS THE POLICE MOVED THE CORDON AND MOVED IN AGAINST THE DEMONSTRATORS, BEATING THEM WITH TRUNCHEONS, AND LOADING THEM INTO TRUCKS, MANY WITH BLOOD STREAMING FROM THEIR FACES.POLICE SOURCES SAID THAT ON THE WAY TO DETENTION A NUMBER OF BUDDHIST TRIED TO JUMP FROM THE TRUCKS AND SOME WERE BADLY INJURED.

    THE BUDDHIST ACCUSE THE GOVERNMENT OF ROMAN CATHOLIC PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM OF FAILING TO FULFILL A MONTH-OLD AGREEMENT ENDING RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA7UM4RQIWTFPE36TIV6Z2A36Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7UM4RQIWTFPE36TIV6Z2A36Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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