Banners were unfurled in Saigon, capital of South Vietnam, in support of the Dalai Lama's resistance against the Chinese Communists in Tibet, May 8.
LV. Banner proclaiming support of the Dalai Lama.
LV. Crowd and banners.
LV. Buddhist priests and banners.
SV. Buddhist priests and dais.
CU. Tri Dung speaking.
SCU. Man holds placards written in blood.
LV. Procession headed by priests.
SV. Vietnamese girls with banners.
SCU. Vietnamese girls wearing traditional head-dress.
LV. Boys carry banners.
SV. Procession - boys and girls.
LV.PAN. Onlookers - PAN to parade.
LV. School girls marching (PAN SHOT).
SV. Demonstrators with banners.
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Background: Banners were unfurled in Saigon, capital of South Vietnam, in support of the Dalai Lama's resistance against the Chinese Communists in Tibet, May 8.
Five hundred thousand people attended a public meeting to register their protests against Chinese Communist repression in that Himalayan Theocracy. The Saigon protest came in the wake of similar demonstrations in India, Thailand, Formosa and other countries.
Buddhist monk Tri Dung, organizer of the meeting, in his speech denounced what he called the massacre of the revolutionaries by Chinese Communists in Tibet.
At the meeting two large placards written with the blood of two young men were given places of honour. The placards said "Let's annihilate the Communists", and "To be free, we must destroy the wicked Communists."
Then the monks and bonzes led a large procession through Saigon. The Buddhists in Vietnam were outraged by the plight of the Tibetan Buddhists.
Several thousand Vietnamese women - now more politically conscious than at any time before - turned up to add their voices to the protest. School-boys, clerks, labourers, monks and women marched together in an expression of horror and protest.