South Vietnam's opposition movement appears set a new stage of activity following the lesignation of four finishers from president nguyen van Theu's cabinet last week.
FATHERK THAN ARRIVING AT CHURCH: THANH PROVIDES OVER MEATING OF OPPOSITION MOVEMENT: BO??? AT AN QUANG TSMPES: DISABEED WAR VETERANS ON SOLDIERS CLOSED DOWN.
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Background: South Vietnam's opposition movement appears set a new stage of activity following the lesignation of four finishers from president nguyen van Theu's cabinet last week.
The resignations, announced on Thursday (24 October), reflected a move by President Thieu to defuse mounting triticisms of corruptrod within his Government and the country's maran preas restrictions.
The opposition campaign, now in its second month, is formally known as the people's Movement of Struggle for the Eradication of corruption for National Salvation and Peace Restoration.
It is made up of a coalition of Catholic Clergymen, Buddhists from the Militant an Quang wing, journalist, and the 200,000 - strong Vietnam war Veterans Association. Owned its leader is a Catholic priest. Father tarn huu Thann.
Since early September, father than has staged rallies in Saigon and the surrounding suouras, and, more recently, he has tested the movement's popularity in the mekong Delta.
The announcement last Thursday of a cabinet resnufile, involving information ministers Hoang Duc Nha, a cousin of President Thieu and his closest conficaht, and the trade and information Minister, Nguyen Due Quong, has not ciminiened and movements support.
Although both men has figured prominently in the movement's attack of corruption within the government, father thieu has pledged to continue his campaign. "A change of personnel is not important to us" he said last week. "what we are asking for is a change of and policy.
But it can count among its supporters a powerful groups of buddhist monks from the militant An Quang wing. The An Quang group played a key role in the overgrow of the late President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1965.
Corruption within the South Vietnamese civil service is the main target of the opposition movement. The problem was recognised by President Thieu in a nation-wide speech earlier this month, he has promised a clean-up campaign within three month.
Existing press laws have allowed the government to censor and confiscate newspapers. Several saigons newspapers have been close down by the government. One leading opposition newspaper, has vsiuntarily suspented publication in protest against the government's press restriotien."