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Situation in South Vietnam : information as of 10:00 EDT, 16 Sept. 1963
Date of Creation:
September 16, 1963
Date of Declassification:
August 2, 1991
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Pagination, Illustration:
6 p.
The lifting of Martial Law and other regime moves to demonstrate that the crisis is over have given an appearance of reduced tension to South Vietnam, but in fact there has been little relaxation of security measures. Censorship of news dispatches from Saigon appears to have been halted. The Diem regime apparently intends to retain some military units in Saigon indefinitely on security assignments. Diem reportedly agreed only reluctantly to the recommendations of South Vietnamese generals that Martial Law be terminated. There has been no significant military activity over the weekend. Reports that "75-calibre" artillery has been captured from the Viet Cong probably refer to a 75-mm recoilless rifle. The Viet Cong recently have been making increased use of recoilless rifles and heavy mortars in engagements North and South of Saigon, and increased numbers of weapons of Bloc origin have been captured. North Vietnamese have stepped up its propaganda effort to focus attention on the Buddhist problem in South Vietnam, and the Pravda in Moscow has printed a supporting editorial. The editorial accuses US forces of waging war against the Vietnamese people.
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