Militant Buddhists in Saigon began a 48-hour hunger strike on Sunday (31 May) demanding an early end to the war.
GV Street scene near An Quang
GV People outside pagoda
SV Monks outside pagoda (3 shots)
SV Two old monks arrive and enter pagoda (2 shots)
SV Thick Thien Minh with walking stick arriving
SV Madame Kieu Mong Thue talking to crowd (2 shots)
GV Troops and barbed wire across street
GV INTERIOR.. pagoda, Thich Thien Hoa assisted to seat by other monks
SV Monks praying (3 shots)
SV Others praying with monks (2 shots)
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Background: Militant Buddhists in Saigon began a 48-hour hunger strike on Sunday (31 May) demanding an early end to the war.
The Buddhists, who belong to the activist An Quang movement, are also protesting against the abolition by the South Vietnamese Government of decree recognising the moderate Quoc Tu faction as the official Buddhist church of the South Vietnam.
The leaders of the hunger strike said that at least 10,000 monks, nuns and laymen throughout South vietnam would be involved.
Among the Baddish leaders involved in the two-day fast was Thich Thien Minh, who was injured by a grande during the 1966 Buddhist uprising and Thich thien Hoa, the titular head of the An Quang group. A National Assembly Deputy, Madame Kieu Mong Thu, also attended after making her way past a police cordon put around the hunger-strike pagoda. Police had attempted to stop Buddhists reaching the temple but many supporters found their way through a maze of alleyways around the pagoda.
The An Quang movement has called for all Buddhist to support the effort to end the war.