BUDDHIST SELF-IMMOLATION: OTHERS WAITED IN THE WINGSSOUTH

SOUTH VIETNAM 8/16/63
DEATH VS. THE FAMILY
* In the sleepy fishing port of Phanthiet, 100 miles east of Saigon, a Buddhist monk poured gasoline over his robes, lighted a match and turned himself into a human pyre. He was the second Buddhist priest to immolate himself in protest against the authoritarian regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem and his family. Waiting in the wings are three more suicide volunteers, including an aged Buddhist nun. Diem's sister-in-law, Mme. Ngo Dinh Nhu, continued to preach the hard line against the Buddhists.



SINGAPORE
6/29/59
CHOPHOUSE CHOPIN
* Since taking over as Singapore's first Prime Minister, slim Lee Kuan Yew has shown what he thinks of imperialism's decadent gifts to Asia. He banned jukeboxes, but later ruled that they could stay if they stuck to classics like Beethoven and Chopin. Meanwhile, police have cleared newsstands of pornography and swooped through bars, sending B-girls home.

VIETNAM 11/8/63
DAY OF THE COUP
* The week in Saigon began and ended with death. At its start, another Buddhist, soaked in gasoline, rode up to a crowded square, struck a spark and went up in flames before anyone could stop him. At week's end President Ngo Dinh Diem lay dead alongside his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu. The two men who had fought so long and so stubbornly -- against Communism, against their critics, against the Buddhist demonstrators -- had been consumed by a fire more slowly and carefully prepared. For months "coup" had been the loudest whisper heard in South Vietnam. Coup is what correspondents talked in the bar at the Hotel Caravelle. Coup is what Diem and his guards feared in the palace. Coup is what the generals finally plotted in their headquarters.


RED CHINA 1/27/67
CHAOS
* Last week Mao Tse-tung's Red Guards went to Shantung province and wrecked the birthplace of Confucius. The zealots who desecrated his shrine at Chu Fu, reported the Peking People's Daily, had buried Confucianism "once and for all." In the madness that Red China has become, the act was highly symbolic. Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution has all but destroyed the last vestiges of social order. Defense Minister Lin Piao admitted via wall posters that "the entire country is now in a state of civil war."

Violence and disorder continued to rule. Armed battles between pro- and anti-Maoist factions roiled the streets of Canton. tass reported that Red Guards raged through Peking, sacking and seizing ministries, arresting people at will and generally adding to the anarchy.

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