• Short Summary

    REBEL TROOPS AND THE BUDDHISTS OPPOSED TO THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT ARE STILL HOLDING OUT IN THE TINH HOI PAGODA IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF DA NANG.

  • Description


    REBEL TROOPS AND BUDDHIST SUPPORTERS IN PAGODA GROUND FUNERAL PYRES; GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS WITH TANKS IN STREET; KY INSPECTING GUARD OF HONOUR AND MEETING MILITARY COMMANDERS.




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    Background: REBEL TROOPS AND THE BUDDHISTS OPPOSED TO THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT ARE STILL HOLDING OUT IN THE TINH HOI PAGODA IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF DA NANG. OUTSIDE, GOVERNMENT FORCES WITH TANKS CONTROL THE STREETS, AND TODAY (FRIDAY) THEY SHELLED AREAS NEAR THE PAGODA AS HEAVE STREET FIGHTING BROKE OUT.

    ON WEDNESDAY THE REBEL SOLDIERS WERE SETTING UP DEFENSIVE POSITIONS AROUND THE PAGODA. THEY HAD FALLEN BACK THERE AFTER BLOODY FIGHTING WITH GOVERNMENT FORCES.

    SUPPORTERS OF THE BUDDHIST DEMANDS FOR ELECTIONS AND A RETURN TO CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT WERE FEEDING THE SOLDIERS. THE MONKS HAD BUILT FUNERAL PYRES AFTER THREATENING TO BURN THEMSELVES ALIVE IF THE GOVERNMENT FORCES ATTACKED.

    THE PAGODA IS ENCIRCLED BY TROOPS LOYAL TO MARSHAL KY, THE PRIME MINISTER, AND HE HIMSELF MADE A BRIEF VISIT TO THE TROUBLED CITY TO INSTALL A NEW MILITARY COMMANDER OF THE NORTHERN ZONE, LIEUTENANT GENERAL HUYNH VAN CAO. GENERAL CAO, A ROMAN CATHOLIC, IS THE FOURTH HOLDER OF THE COMMAND IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

    AFTER THE TANKS OPENED FIRE TODAY, BUDDHIST LEADERS THREATENED TO DESTROY THE HUGE AMERICAN AIR BASE AT DA NANG UNLESS AMERICAN MARINES INTERVENED IN THE FIGHTING TO FORCE GOVERNMENT TROOPS BACK. THE THREAT CAME IN AN OPEN LETTER TO AN AMERICAN MARINE COMMANDER, AND ALSO SAID THAT 1,000 PEOPLE HAD BEEN KILLED OR WOUNDED IN CLASHES IN DA NANG IN THE PAST WEEK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADA8U2N67GOZKYQIER2SLBDGDL
    Media URN:
    VLVADA8U2N67GOZKYQIER2SLBDGDL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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