Being KHMER MINORITY, Whose Custom, Religion and Language are quite different from the Vietnamese'S, therefore the counter-proposal of taking KHMER MINORITY to be Pure Vietnamese of President Nguyen-van-Thieu is completely opposed to the fundamental living of the ethnical MINORITY.
Nov 13.- More than hundred cambodian born vietnamese monks of the Theravada Buddhist Sect held a sit in demonstration in front of the presidential palace of Saigon to protest against the presidential decree by which all vietnameses of cambodian origin will be not considered as minority people and will not exempted of military draft. See motion attached.
MS, CU Hundred policemen came to surround the demonstrators and isolate the place from curious people and newsmen
CU Policemen arrived to the place
MSU, CU Cambodian buddhist monks do the sit in demonstration with banners.
MS Cambodian monks used loudspeakers to express their willing and the cause of the demonstration
CU, MS Combat policemen did the barricade to isolate the newsmen far away from the demonstrators
MS, CU Newsmen before the human barricade of combat policemen
MS Demonstrators were isolated in front of the presidency
MS Curious people surrounded the place. Traffic was in trouble
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Background: Being KHMER MINORITY, Whose Custom, Religion and Language are quite different from the Vietnamese'S, therefore the counter-proposal of taking KHMER MINORITY to be Pure Vietnamese of President Nguyen-van-Thieu is completely opposed to the fundamental living of the ethnical MINORITY.
The living of KHMER MINORITY in the Republic in the Republic of Vietnam is so back-ward -There is no KHMER MINORITY in every arena -- no Colonel in South Vietnamese Armed-force, no service Chief in the Administration, no professor in University, no Doctor of Medicine and even the Student in University etc. On the contrary, they are not professional. Therefore the act of taking KHMER MINORITY to be Civilized as Pure Vietnamese of the President is the Argument of Mercilessness, violence and no reality.
KHMER MINORITY are the people of South Vietnam who struggle dutifully for the Republic of Vietnam but they have no Right, even the Right of being in MINORITY Position is also violated by President Nguyen-van-Thieu. The Counter-proposal - dated 12th May, 1969 of the President is the proof of the said-- The words "VIET-GOC-MIEN VA...(Vietnamese Original Khmer and..)" have been expunged from article N-5 of the bill concerning - ethical MINORITIES.
To conform the articles No. 2, 24, 36,97 of the Institution of the Republic of Vietnam, the President has bluntly violated the Institution.
Today, for the sake of the Right of K H M E R MINORITY Originated in South Vietnam, "THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF KHMER BUDDHIST LEADERS STRUGGLING TO DEFENSE MINORITY POSITION" comes into existence with the Spirit of loving-kindness selflessness and Respect to the law but not without the below purposes:
1 - To avoid political turmoil in the circles of the Lays and Monks while the country has been in tense situation.
2 - To maintain our Religion and survival of Nationality.
3 - Strictly request the Present Government to complement correctly the articles of the Institution of the Republic of Vietnam dated 1 st - April, 1967; for the people who have the same duty must also have equal right.
4 - Strongly recommend the leaders of the Nation: Legislator, executive and Judge, to complement the measure with Unified Spirit.
5 - Strongly refuse the President'S Counter-Proposal of expunging the words "VIET-GOC-MIEN VA... " of the article No. 5 of the bill.
For the mentioned, our Committee Mirthfully welcome those who want the Unity of the Nation with the Spirit of helping one another, and those who respect Freedom, Right and Justice of MAN.
At the same time, our COMMITTEE Sincerely appeal to the intelligence of the leaders of the Nation, for the survival of the Nation in the face of danger of Communist, to review the policy of the Nation; Especially the plan to help those who are still weak and back-ward.
With the above standpoints to struggle, Our COMMITTEE wished to take responsibility for every danger and sacrifice every-thing to maintain our MINORITY Position in the rank of other MINORITIES in the Republic of Vietnam./-
Saigon, 23 th Oct. 1969