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Apprehensions ... regarding recent events in Vietnam
Date of Creation:
May 18, 1963
Date of Declassification:
March 22, 1985
Type of Document:
Information report cable
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
5 p.
The combination of three unwise political acts in the past month may ultimately prove fatal to the regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem despite its gains in the military struggle against the Viet Communists (VC). These three acts were: 1) dismissal of Huynh Van Lang of the Office of Exchanges from his position of power in the southern faction of the Can Lao (Revolutionary Worker's) Party; 2) the denigration and removal from power and authority of Dr. Tran Kim Tuyen, Director of SEPES; and 3) most importantly, the Hue incident on Buddha's Birthday 8 May in which Buddhist paraders were killed by the Civil Guard. Each of these separate acts has served to weaken the motivation of different segments of Vietnamese and to further narrow, possibly to a fatal degree, the base of support for the regime.
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