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    3,000 ROMAN CATHOLICS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF SAIGON ON FRIDAY PROTESTING AGAINST THE WORDING IN THE PREAMBLE OF THE COUNTRY'S NEW CONSTITUTION.

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    3,000 ROMAN CATHOLICS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF SAIGON ON FRIDAY PROTESTING AGAINST THE WORDING IN THE PREAMBLE OF THE COUNTRY'S NEW CONSTITUTION. THE ROMAN CATHOLICS WERE COMPLAINING THAT THE WORDS "RESPONSIBLE BEFORE GOD ALMIGHTY" HAD BEEN LEFT OUT OF THE WORDING. THE FOLLOWING DAY IN THE NEW CONSTITUTION WAS FORMALLY PROMULGATED IN SAIGON BY THE COUNTRY'S HEAD OF STATE, LIEUTENANT GENERAL NGUYEN VAN THIEU.

    THE ROMAN CATHOLICS ASSEMBLED FIRST AT THE SAIGON CATHEDRAL. CHANTING "DOWN WITH THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY" THEY MARCHED TO THE OLD OPERAHOUSE WHERE THE ASSEMBLY HAD DRAWN UP THE NEW CONSTITUTION. THE ASSEMBLY CHAIRMAN, PHAN KHAC SUU, CAME OUT AND ASSURED THE DEMONSTRATORS THAT A SUITABLE PHRASE WOULD BE DEVISED TO SUIT ALL RELIGIOUS AND THAT THIS WOULD BE PUT BACK INTO THE CONSTITUTION AT THE END OF THIS WEEK. THIS SEEMED TO SATISFY THE DEMONSTRATORS WHO THEN CONTINUED THEIR MARCH TO THE PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE AND DEMONSTRATED PEACEFULLY WHILE RIOT POLICE STOOD BY.

    THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE NEW CONSTITUTION WAS PROMULGATED AT THE INDEPENDENCE PALACE IN SAIGON BY HEAD OF STATE, LIEUTENANT GENERAL NGUYEN VAN THIEU. 4,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE 30 MINUTE CEREMONY, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER KY AND GENERAL PHAM XUAN CHIEU THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE.

    THE NEW CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR THE ELECTION OF A PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT, A SENATE AND A HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ELECTIONS WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER.

    GENERAL THIEU SAID THE DECISION TO ESTABLISH ALL THE INSTITUTIONS INCLUDED IN THE CONSTITUTION WITHIN SIX MONTHS DEMONSTRATED THE GOOD FAITH OF THE ARMED FORCES. HE ASKED THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY, WHICH IS TO REMAIN IN EXISTENCE DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, TO DRAW UP THE ELECTORAL LAWS BY THE END OF THIS MONTH, AND CALLED FOR CONTINUED COOPERATION BETWEEN THE ARMED FORCES AND CIVILIANS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB8V46TAE981HL0CFOEE3BXSL2
    Media URN:
    VLVAB8V46TAE981HL0CFOEE3BXSL2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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