South Viet Nam: Death v. the Family


In the sleepy fishing port of Phanthiet, 100 miles east of Saigon, a 21-year-old novice Buddhist monk named Nguyen Huong poured gasoline over his robes, then lit a match and turned himself into a human pyre. He was the second Buddhist priest to burn himself to death in protest against the authoritarian regime of South Viet Nam's President Ngo Dinh Diem and his ruling family.

Nguyen Huong's death caused Buddhist protest demonstrations and hunger strikes all over the country. While the furor over his death rages, Buddhist leaders have ruled out further suicides until they can again reap the full...

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