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Opposition to South Vietnamese President Diem Rising

Jan. 27, 1963 - Political opponents of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem (left) hurled two grenades containing hundreds of propaganda leaflets in Saigon’s streets today. The grenades were not powerful ones, and no one was hurt. Only one of them exploded. It scattered a shower of leaflets, each the size of a theater ticket, among holiday crowds. The leaflets attacked Diem and his brother and political adviser, Ngo Dinh Nhu (right). Printed in Vietnamese and English, they were signed by the Free Democratic party of Vietnam, which calls itself an anti-communist group opposed to Diem. Meanwhile, reports circulated in Saigon that a large operation has been opened against communist guerrillas in the Mekong river delta about 50 miles southwest of the capital. Authorities kept tight security wraps on the operation, but the action was understood to be the beginning of a weeklong sweep.


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