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A monk in Vietnam self immolates in a protest against persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration.

Ngo Dinh Diem - After refusing Ho Chi Minh's invitation to join the Communist movement, Ngo Dinh Diem led South Vietnam from 1954 to 1963, when he was killed by his generals in a coup. His autocratic rule, exemplified by the imprisonment and execution of hundreds of Buddhists, and his refusal to institute land reforms, probably contributed to increasing popular support for Ho Chi Minh.

Ngo Dinh Nhu - The younger brother and chief political advisor of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem, Nhu ran his brother's regime of secret political movements, the Can Lao. He was assassinated, along with his brother, during the 1963 coup.

After the French were driven out South Vietnam elected Ngo Dinh Diem as its president.It soon became clear that Diem was basically a puppet for the Americans

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Amazon.com: The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam (9781586179359): Geoffrey Shaw: Books

This Day in History: Nov 2, 1963: Ngo Dinh Diem assassinated in South Vietnam http://dingeengoete.blogspot.com/ http://jonathanwar.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/diem_dead.jpg

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1957 - Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem (seated) and his brother Bishop Ngo Dinh Thuc (L) attending a program held during New Year celebration in the central highlands. | by manhhai