In Saigon on Thursday (26 December) demonstrators gathered outside the city's main courthouse in an attempt to organise speeches while government loudspeaker cars tried to drown them out.
SV Demonstrators around loudspeaker jeep
SV Demonstrators marching with deputy with megaphone passing troops (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators approaching and breaking through line of police
GV PAN Demonstrators arrive at courthouse
SV Demonstrators with banners
SV Demonstrators running and looking (2 shots)
LV Government loudspeaker car being pushed
CU Deputy speaking through megaphone as loudspeaker car is pushed away (2 shots)
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Background: In Saigon on Thursday (26 December) demonstrators gathered outside the city's main courthouse in an attempt to organise speeches while government loudspeaker cars tried to drown them out.
Inside the court, lawyers were pressing to call President Thieu and Vice-President Tran Van Huong as witnesses at the trial of newspaper publishers accused of defaming the President.
Opposition legislators and civil rights activists made up the crowds who demonstrated in front of the courthouse.
The trial was postponed at the government's request. It is the third time this has happened. A total of six publishers are now scheduled to face the courts in February.
the demonstrators marched through deserted streets. They had been sealed by police apparently in an attempt to stop the march gathering support or being seen by may of the capital's people.
SYNOPSIS: About thirty of the group were opposition members of the National Assembly. They made the courthouse focus of their march because it was a day when several newspapers were to be charged with defaming President Nguyen Van Thieu.
The police formed lines in an attempt to stop the marchers ... but offered no resistance when they pushed through. When the marchers arrived at the courthouse, carrying banners calling for President Thieu's resignation they found the government was prepared for them.
Loudspeaker vans broadcast music in an attempt to drown-out the demonstrators speeches.
They were largely successful, but the demonstrators took exception to them and used muscle power to remove the vans from the scene. Meanwhile, inside the court, at the government's request the case was adjourned for the third time. A total of six newspapers are now to appear here again in February.