Visit of the Prime Minister of South Vietnam Air Vice-Marshal Ky to Canberra was notable for its lack of anti-KY demonstrations.
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Background: Visit of the Prime Minister of South Vietnam Air Vice-Marshal Ky to Canberra was notable for its lack of anti-KY demonstrations. Before Air Vice Marshal Ky arrived it appeared likely several thousand people would demonstrate against the visit at all the centres on the South Vietnamese Prime Minister's itinerary. Thursday was his first full day in Australia, and only 150 people turned up to demonstrate at Air Vice-Marshal Ky's first public appearance, a wreath laying ceremony. Of these 150 demonstrators at least one third were pro-Ky. This contrasts with the several thousand demonstrators who protested against the visit of President Johnson late last year. The Leader of the Federal Opposition, Mr Calwell expected to lead upwards of ten thousand demonstrators but found himself addressing groups of one hundred or less, many of whom were protesting against Calwell's protest.