Students occupied the former Cambodian Embassy in Saigon on Friday night (24 April) in protest against the reported massacres of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians in Cambodia.
LV (night shots) students demonstrate around fire outside embassy (3 shots)
SV (day shots) combat police divert traffic outside embassy
SV & CU Students speak from car top
SV PAN from students on embassy steps to blackened windows
LV Students fly flag from embassy roof
SV Students write on wall
LV Police keep people moving outside embassy
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Background: Students occupied the former Cambodian Embassy in Saigon on Friday night (24 April) in protest against the reported massacres of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians in Cambodia.
The building had been empty since Phnom Penh broke off diplomatic relations with Saigon in 1963 and about 150 students stormed through police barricades to occupy the building.
They were still in possession of the Embassy the next day (Saturday) but police held back more students who tried to join their colleagues.
Buddhists in Saigon have held prayers services for Vietnamese civilians killed in Cambodia. A large group of crippled ex-servicemen gathered for a vigil in the capital on Saturday (25 April) to call for a volunteer force to protest civilians. A South Vietnamese Government delegation was due to leave for Cambodia on Sunday (26 April) to investigate the situation of the Vietnamese there.