Day-long demonstrations were staged in Saigon on Thursday (10 October) to place more pressure on a South Vietnamese government already considering cabinet changes in the face of current opposition movements.
GV Journalist demonstrators marching (4 shots)
GV Demonstrators in front of building
CU Uniformed police linking arms
MV Journalist arguing with police (2 shots)
GV Uniformed police holding journalists back (3 shots)
MV Journalists protesting
MV Uniformed police confront journalists
GV Demonstrators with banner
MV and GV Demonstrators scuff,ling with police (4 shots)
GV Police running
MV and GV Demonstrators burning placards (2 shots)
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Background: Day-long demonstrations were staged in Saigon on Thursday (10 October) to place more pressure on a South Vietnamese government already considering cabinet changes in the face of current opposition movements.
Some 300 Vietnamese journalists marched through the city's main street carrying placards protesting against a government decree permitting censorship and confiscation of newspapers.
The journalists soon attracted several thousand other demonstrators as they marched past the National Assembly building.
Scuffles broke out when uniformed police formed a cordon, blocking the movement of the demonstrators. Although the police showed restraint as they linked arms to force the demonstrators back, several plainclothes policemen were seen striking at newsmen and demonstrators in hit-and-run tactics.
At least three people were injured, including an american television news reporter who was covering the event.
The latest demonstration followed government discussions on a possible reshuffle in President Nguyen Van Thieu's cabinet. No decisions have been taken so far, but the question now centres on how far-reaching any such changes would have to be before they have a significant effect on defusing the current wave of anti-government protests. Yesterday (October 12) most of Saigon's 23 daily newspapers suspended publication as a protest against Government restrictions of the Press.
SYNOPSIS: What started out as an orderly protest march soon turned into a free-for-all when several thousand onlookers joined in the march.
The protestors were given support by leaders of several opposition groups, including militant Buddhists and Roman Catholics who have spearheaded the current anti-government drive.
In the face of rising protests, President Nguyen Van Thieu has promised a clean-up campaign within his government. but the violent demonstration on Thursday showed that opposition against President Thieu has not let up.