Saigon May 23.- After the incident killing a engineering corp's soldier who was shot by american car's passenger during his works of construction the altar for the Buddha born day and wounding another civilian in front of the National Shrine, riot happened again began by the angry young buddhists who set fire to the passed by american cars - paratroops and marines were sent to the corner and used tear gas grenades to assault the young fanatics until the gate of the National Shrine.
Saigon May 23
ROLL NUMBER 1
LS View in front of the National Shrine when US cars set fire
MS Crowds around the US cars in flame
MS, CU Buddhists runned off
MS, CU Paratroops arrived to the place and assaulted the young buddhists
MS Young buddhists rispoted by stones
CU Paratroops thrown tear gas grenades at the gate of the Shrine
MS Buddhists runned in the National Shrine
MS, CU Marines came to reinforce the paratroopers
MS, CU Riot policemen assaulted the young buddhists
CU Some ones were arrested and were beated by riot policemen
CU Other buddhists were beated
LS Troopers used barbed wire to isolate the National Shrine and banned all entries.
Saigon, May 24
ROLL NUMBER 1 Plus X
MS Pagoda was occupied by government troops
MS, CU Buddhists got out of the pagodas
MS The Tinh Hoi, one of the big pagoda in Danang occupied
MS, CU Dissident troops surrendered
MS, CU Crowds in the pagoda observed the occupation by troops
MS, CU Nearly 2,000 weapons of all kinds captured
Many CU Weapons and amunitions
ROLL NUMBER 2 Anasco
MS, CU Monks and nuns cleaned the pagodas after the fighting
MS, CU Government officers inspected the pagoda
MS, CU Family members of the victims of the fighting
many CU Government troops searched the pagodas for weapons
MS, CU Only monks and nuns remained in the pagodas
MS, CU Pagodas were isolated by barbed wire
Saigon, May 24
ROLL NUMBER 1
MS, CU A vietnamese woman wounded and her baby at her side
MS, CU The baby cried
MS, CU The 2 buddhist venerable held the press conference in the pagoda
MS, CU Buddhists continued to pray in the pagoda
many MS, During that time, fighting began again and newsman runned
CU out of the pagoda under the fire of both side. 3 foreign newsmen were wounded and evacuated out of the fighting zone.
W. Mc Whirter of Time-Life
Elie Taieb of Paris-Match
Robert Poss of AP
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Background: Saigon May 23.- After the incident killing a engineering corp's soldier who was shot by american car's passenger during his works of construction the altar for the Buddha born day and wounding another civilian in front of the National Shrine, riot happened again began by the angry young buddhists who set fire to the passed by american cars - paratroops and marines were sent to the corner and used tear gas grenades to assault the young fanatics until the gate of the National Shrine. By the agreement between the military governor of Saigon and the Buddhist leaders, the National Shrine is temporarily closed.
Saigon May 24.- All the struggle force posted in the three pagodas on Danang, without the support of the american authority, has surrendered since yesterday. All the 3 pagodas were occupied by government marines and paratroopers. Nearly 2,000 weapons were captured and mostly of the rebel troops released. Danang became quiet.
Saigon May 24.- By the request of venerable Thich Minh Tuan and Thich Minh Dan Newsmen came to Tinh Hoi pagoda for a press conference. During that conference the 2 buddhists venerable requested for the intervention of american military authority in Danang to stop the fighting etc..but fighting has happened again and newsmen must run out of the pagoda. 3 foreign newsmen has been wounded by grenades.