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    More than 10,000 South Vietnamese Catholics held a mass rally on Sunday (5 November), in support of President Thieu's stand on peace negotiations.

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    More than 10,000 South Vietnamese Catholics held a mass rally on Sunday (5 November), in support of President Thieu's stand on peace negotiations. It was the biggest demonstration seen in Saigon for years.

    The gathering of Catholics form Saigon, and the villages and hamlets around the capital had been planned several days before with official approval, despite a curre??? martial-law ban on street meetings.

    Police said the demonstration was the biggest in the capital since 1966 when Catholics took to the streets in a show of strength during an upsurge in Buddhist political influence.

    The demonstrating Catholics were mainly former refugees who moved south after the Geneva agreement in 1954. They are considered the main source of the President's support as he opposes the political and ceasefire provisions of the draft peace agreement between Washington and Hanoi.

    SYNOPSIS: This was the biggest demonstration seen in Saigon for many years. In all, more than ten-thousand South Vietnamese Catholics demonstrated in support of President Thieu's stand on peace negotiations. The gathering had been planned with official approval, despite a current martial-law ban on street meetings.

    Police said the demonstration was the biggest in the South Vietnamese capital since 1966 when Catholics took to the streets in a show of strength during an upsurge in Buddhist political influence. The Catholics consisted mainly of former refugees who'd moved south after the Geneva agreement in 1954.

    The former refugees are considered the main source of the President's support as he opposes the political and ceasefire provisions of the draft peace agreement between Washington and hanoi. The Catholics -- many of them youths and old people -- insisted that a political solution which was against the will of the people could never be accepted for South Vietnam. Other resolutions include a demand that the North Vietnamese pull put their troops, and military equipment. Generally, the march and rally through Saigon was orderly.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAS99I74UVBIVF2Z3TYKUSK48D
    Media URN:
    VLVAAS99I74UVBIVF2Z3TYKUSK48D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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