• Short Summary

    Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky attended the funeral in Saigon on Friday of a disabled war veteran who committed a protest suicide against the exclusion of the Vice-President from the October Presidential elections.

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    Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky attended the funeral in Saigon on Friday of a disabled war veteran who committed a protest suicide against the exclusion of the Vice-President from the October Presidential elections. Thirty-six year-old Tran Viet Nghia burned himself to death in front of Saigon's Town Hall on Monday afternoon.

    At his funeral, fighting broke out among students in the procession, but Vice-President Ky insisted on remaining at his position behind the hearse.

    Vice-President Ky is now back in the running in the elections, after the Supreme Court decision on Saturday which reversed the decision to disqualify him.

    There was no indication whether Vice-President Ky would now agree to take part in what became an election 'one-horse-race' on Friday when General Duong Van'Big' Minh stepped out of the race, leaving only President Thieu in the running."
    General Minh's decision to withdraw after branding the elections as 'dishonest', aggrieved the United States, which had sought to project polling as proof of the democratic character of the saigon Government.

    SYNOPSIS: South Vietnam's Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky attended the funeral in Saigon on Friday (August 19) of a disabled war veteran who burned himself to death last Monday in protest against the exclusion of Ky from the Presidential elections.

    The body of the veteran, Tran Viet Nghia, was brought to a disabled veteran's headquarters in Saigon for traditional rites. The 36 year-old exserviceman from Bien Hoa set fire to himself in front of the Saigon Town Hall Building. Eye-witnesses to the act reported that Nghia said he was protesting against President Thieu's manoeuvres' in baring Vice President Ky from the October 3 elections.

    Vice-President Ky is now back in the running in the elections, after a Supreme Court decision on Saturday reversed the decision to disqualify him. There was no immediate indication whether Vice-President Ky would agree to take part in what became a 'one-horse race' on Friday when General Duong Van Minh stepped out of the race, leaving only President Thieu in the running. Vice-President Ky had to be protected by soldiers at the funeral when fighting broke out. Students tried to beat up a man they claimed was an undercover secret serviceman walking in their midst.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAKL519ZVSIQKL5BCA756AXSQS
    Media URN:
    VLVAKL519ZVSIQKL5BCA756AXSQS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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