In Bangkok, Thai student leaders from eighteen universities and colleges attempted on Monday (25 June) to submit a protest note to Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong through the Vietnamese Embassy.
GV Front view of Vietnamese Embassy and red star flag in Bangkok
SV Students distributing leaflets of protest note
GV Students talking to journalists
SV Policemen approaching and reporting with radio
SV Student leader speaking through megaphone
SV Protest note being refused and stuck on gate
GV Protest scenes at Vietnamese Embassy
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Background: In Bangkok, Thai student leaders from eighteen universities and colleges attempted on Monday (25 June) to submit a protest note to Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong through the Vietnamese Embassy. The note called on Vietnam to stop any action along the Thai-Kampuchean (Cambodian) border that might spark a conflict with Thailand.
SYNOPSIS: Thailand houses nearly eight thousand Vietnamese refugees, part of more than 150,000 Indo-Chinese people in various camps around the country. The student leaders protested at the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok to call attention to the situation. They called on Hanoi to stop what they called pressuring people to leave Vietnam and to consider the effects on neighbouring countries.
The group alluded to the Soviet Union, calling it the third country behind the conflict in Kampuchea (Cambodia). They said they would carry their action further if Hanoi ignored their protest. One of the leaders claimed that tension along the Thai-Kampuchean border was a result of the continuing presence of Vietnamese troops in Kampuchea.
But when an Embassy official appeared at the gate he refused the protest note. And an attempt to drop it into the mail box also failed. Finally, it was stuck to the gate. The protest action took place as South-East Asian Foreign Ministers gathered in Bali to find a common approach to the refugee crisis and security problems in the region.