• Short Summary

    SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF YELLOW-ROBED BUDDHIST MONKS AND NUNS DEMONSTRATED IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE NEAR SAIGON, THE CAPITAL OF SOUTH VIETNAM, ON JULY 16 AS BUDDHISTS OPENED A NEW NATION-WIDE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THEIR GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    1.
    LS BUDDHIST MONKS AND NUNS DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE
    3 ft

    2.
    CU BANNER
    6 ft

    3.
    MCU HIGH-RANKING BUDDHIST MONK SPEAKING THROUGH MICROPHONE TO CROWD (TWO SHOTS)
    12 1/2 ft

    4.
    MS AMERICAN MILITARY POLICEMAN OUTSIDE GATE
    15 ft

    5.
    MLS POLICE GUARDING RESIDENCE
    17 ft

    6.
    MS MORE MONKS MARCHING TOWARD RESIDENCE
    19 1/2 ft

    7.
    LS MONKS CARRYING BANNERS (PAN TO ) FOLLOWERS
    25 ft

    8.
    MS MONKS IN PROCESSION
    28 ft

    9.
    LS XA LOI PAGODA SPIRE (TILT DOWN TO) DEMONSTRATORS
    31 1/2 ft

    10.
    LS MONKS SITTING ON ROAD OUTSIDE GIAC MINH PAGODA
    37 1/2 ft

    11.
    MLS POLICE BEHIND BARBED WIRE BARRICADE (PAN TO) DEMONSTRATORS
    46 ft

    12.
    MLS POLICE BREAK-UP DEMONSTRATION
    50 ft

    13.
    MLS CAMERAMEN ON TELEGRAPH POST (TILT DOWN TO) COMMOTION ON STREET
    53 ft

    14.
    MLS POLICE ARRESTS SOME DEMONSTRATORS
    59 ft



    Initials CAR/S/MK/MK/AMR



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF YELLOW-ROBED BUDDHIST MONKS AND NUNS DEMONSTRATED IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE NEAR SAIGON, THE CAPITAL OF SOUTH VIETNAM, ON JULY 16 AS BUDDHISTS OPENED A NEW NATION-WIDE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THEIR GOVERNMENT.

    CARRYING BANNERS, THEY CLAIMED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT NGO DIN DIEM HAS FAILED TO IMPLEMENT A JOINT AGREEMENT SIGNED ON JUNE 16 TO END RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION.

    A HIGH-RANKING BUDDHIST PRIEST, SPEAKING WITH THE AID OF A MICROPHONE, SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT FAILED TO SATISFY THEIR DEMANDS WITHIN THAT PERIOD AND FURTHER THREATENED THAT THERE WOULD BE MORE PUBLIC SUICIDES BY MONKS AND NUNS.

    BANNERS HELD UP AROUND THE DEMONSTRATION, WRITTEN IN VIETNAMESE AND ENGLISH, DECLARED THAT THE "FREE WORLD AND THE UNITED STATES ARE EXPECTED TO DO ANYTHING POSSIBLE FOR THE BUDDHIST PROBLEM".

    DURING THE DEMONSTRATION, THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR, MR.FREDERICK NOTLING, WAS AT HIS DOWN-TOWN EMBASSY OFFICE AND WAS KEPT INFORMED BY TELEPHONE.A FEW AMERICAN MILITARY POLICEMEN, ATTACHED TO THE EMBASSY, HELPED THE LOCAL POLICE TO BREAK-UP THE DEMONSTRATION.

    THE FOLLOWING DAY, JULY 17, A COMPLETE BLOCKADE WAS CLAMPED ROUND ALL BUDDHIST PAGODAS IN THE CAPITAL FOLLOWING A WAVE OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS BY MONKS, NUNS AND THEIR FOLLOWERS.

    DESPITE THE CLAMP, SOME TWO THOUSAND BUDDHISTS ASSEMBLED OUTSIDE THE GIAC MINH PAGODA IN PROTEST AGAINST THE USE OF UNITED STATE'S AID EQUIPMENT BY SECURITY FORCES AGAINST BUDDHISTS.

    POLICE, RUSHED TO THE SCENE IN LORRY-LOADS, QUICKLY BLOCKED THE ROAD LEADING TO THE XA LOI PAGODA WITH A DOUBLE CORDON OF BARBED WIRE WHERE BUDDHIST LEADERS ARE ON A 48-HOUR HUNGER STRIKE IN SUPPORT OF THEIR DEMANDS.

    SOME MONKS AND A NUMBER OF WOMEN FOLLOWERS DETERMINEDLY TRIED TO FORCE THEIR WAY THROUGH.AT ONE STAGE, THEY SUCCEEDED BUT WERE BEATEN BACK BY CLUB-SWINGING COMBAT POLICE.A FEW DEMONSTRATORS WERE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO A TEMPORARY DETENTION CENTRE OUTSIDE SAIGON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA25DLJV7OQOI3JLB2ZI3QBD1GO
    Media URN:
    VLVA25DLJV7OQOI3JLB2ZI3QBD1GO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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