Militant Buddhist students continued to riot nightly in Saigon, protesting the military government of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky.
Militant Buddhist students continued to riot nightly in Saigon, protesting the military government of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky. On Wednesday night (April 6), a mob sacked a newspaper office.
A mob of several hundred youths attacked the offices of Song, a leading afternoon daily paper in Saigon. The paper had been critical of the anti-government demonstrations. The youths sacked the offices and dragged newsprint and other material out into the streets. They burned it, and threw a number of motor bikes into the fire.
At the curfew hour -- 9:00 p.m. -- the youths withdrew to their Buddhist headquarters. The police fired tear gas at them and also fired machine guns over their heads to keep the youths from coming back into the streets again. Many of the demonstrators wore plastic bags over the upper part of their faces to protect themselves from the tear gas. They displayed empty tear gas canisters to newsmen.
Some of the youths in the mob appeared to be no older than 6. None seemed older then 18.