• Short Summary

    THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN SOUTH VIETNAM REMAINS UNEASY AS BUDDHISTS CONTINUE THEIR AGITATION AGAINST THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN SOUTH VIETNAM REMAINS UNEASY AS BUDDHISTS CONTINUE THEIR AGITATION AGAINST THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT. IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), THE VIEN HOA DAO PAGODA, HEADQUARTERS OF THE POWERFUL UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH, WAS THE VENUE OF MASSIVE RALLY ATTENDED BY 10,000 BUDDHISTS.

    THE RALLY, ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOUNTED IN RECENT MONTHS, CALLED FOR A POLITICAL CHANGE AND CONDEMNED PREMIER NGUYEN CAO KY'S GOVERNMENT FOR ITS RECENT USE OF FORCE IN CRUSHING THE BUDDHIST-LED REVOLT IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF DANANG. IN THE EIGHT DAY AS OF FIGHTING THERE, 76 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED KILLED.

    WHILE THE RALLY WAS IN PROGRESS, A BUDDHIST MONK ATTEMPTED SUICIDE BY STABBING HIMSELF WITH A KNIFE. A GROUP OF BOY SCOUTS QUICKLY CARRIED HIM AWAY TO A HOSPITAL. HIS CONDITION WAS DESCRIBED AS CRITICAL. (AT NIGHT, TWO YOUNG NUNS BURNED THEMSELVES IN PROTEST AGAINST PREMIER KY'S GOVERNMENT).

    DESPITE THE GOVERNMENT'S STRONG WARNING AGAINST DEMONSTRATIONS, THE BUDDHISTS, AT THE END OF THE RALLY, TOOK TO THE STREETS. SPEARHEADED BY MONKS, THEY MARCHED THROUGH THE HEART OF SAIGON AND RAN HEADING INTO A FORBIDDING WALL OF POLICE AND GOVERNMENT MARINES. HEATED ARGUMENTS TURNED INTO RIOTING.

    THE GAS-MASKED COMBAT TROOPS FIRE TEARGAS GRENADES IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISPERSE THE DEMONSTRATORS. IN REPLY, THE MONKS TOSSED TEARGAS CANISTERS BACK AT THEM.

    THICK, CHOKING CLOUDS OF GAS QUICKLY ENVELOPED THE AREA. THE TROOPS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION AND CHARGED AT THE RIOTERS WHO SCATTERED IN SEVERAL DIRECTIONS..SOME THROUGH NARROW ALLEYWAYS.

    WHILE THE RIOTING WAS GOING ON, GOVERNMENT REINFORCEMENTS RUSHED TO THE NEARBY VIEN HOA DAO PAGODA AND SEALED OFF THE ROADS WITH THICK COILS OF BARBED WIRE. THE MOVE WAS TO PREVENT THE DEMONSTRATORS FROM ENTERING ITS COMPOUND. AT ONE STAGE, TWO GROUPS OF RIOTERS FACED EACH OTHER FROM ACROSS THE BARRICADE. IN BETWEEN WERE COMBAT TROOPS TRYING TO PACIFY THEM TO OFF THEIR DISTURBANCES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEZ1L86RVMPIXWS6DEOL8QDC54
    Media URN:
    VLVAEZ1L86RVMPIXWS6DEOL8QDC54
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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