THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1968
THlE MICHIGAN DAILY
YA " U' FIVE
FEAR COALITION WITH VIET CONG:
Saigon Government Arrests Politicians;
U.S. Requests Explanation from Thieu
AFL-CIO Praises LBJ,
Offers Election Funds
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SAIGON W-The United States
was reported seeking an explana-
tion from President Nguyen Van
Thieu's administration yesterday
for the arrest of three prominent
anti-government politicians, all
rounded up at a time when oppo-
sition elements were talking of
unity against the Communists.
- The official word was that the
U.S. Embassy was in consultation
with the government about the
three, held in what national police
called protective custory. Embassy
officials were known to be ser-
iously concerned about the im-
pression the arrests might have
- on the government's image abroad.
High Vietnamese sources let it
be known that a captured Viet
Cong list named South Vietnamese
personalities who might figure in
a coalition government. Thieu's
government has gone firmly on
record against a coalition with the
Communists. The implication was
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that other political figures might
No official reason has been
given for the arrests.
However, Nguyen Ngoc Linh,
director general of information,
without directly saying the Viet
Cong considered the three pros-
pects for either assassination or
coalition government jobs, sug-
gested: "Maybe they got their
names on some list."
"You know the Viet Cong could
jump on those guys and kill them
and blame the government," Linh
Potentially the most trouble-
some for the government was the
arrest on a Saigon street yester-
day of Thich Venerable Tri
Quang. He heads militant Bud-
dhists who have opposed the gov-
ernment with street demonstra-
tions and uprisings several times
in the past.
Also arrested were Truong Dinh
Dzu, a lawyer whose peace ticket
came in second last September in
the presidential election Thieu
won, and former Economics Min-
ister Au Truong Thanh. Both were
picked up at their homes Tuesday.
Thanh tried to run in the presi-
dential election on a peace plat-
form, but the National Assembly
eliminated his ticket for "pro-
Communist a n d pro-neutralist
Dzu's wife said after a visit with
her husband at national police
headquarters he had been told
that more "intellectuals" would be
detained by police.
There were unconfirmed reports
five other Buddhist monksgand a
former minister in the regime of
the late Ngo Dinh Diem had been
taken to police headquarters.
The arrests occurred just after
a government backed "People's
Congress" for National Salvation
announced in Saigon that it had
successfully united several organ-
izations and personalities-includ-
ing anti-government figures-in-
to an anti-Communist front.
With spreading of news of the
arrests, there appeared to be a
strong possibility that some ele-
ments of the front would with-
Earlier in the Communist lunar
new year offensive, former Chief
of State Phan Khac Suu was held
in "protective custody" for sev-
eral days in a villa at national
Suu said at his home yesterday
that police told him he had been
taken to police headquarters be-
cause his name appeared on a
captured list of the Viet Cong
"Movement for the Coalition of
"Probably their names are on
the same list," Suu said of Dzu
and Thanh. He expressed surprise,
however, that Tri Quang had been
That the government would take
such strong measures in fear of
a possible coalition that would
include Communist officials comes
as no surprise. The Viet Cong
havenproclaimed that any such
grouping would follow lines laid
down by their National Liberation
One of the most knowledgeable
of the columnists in Saigon's Eng-
lish language newspapers, who
goes under the pen name Van
Minh, commented on the fear.
Van Minh's topic in the Saigon
Daily News was an editorial in a
Vietnamese language newspaper
which wondered why the Com-
munist offensive seemed aimed
more at South Vietnam's armed
forces and installations than at
He said the editorial "high-
lighted the current wild rumors
that the United States actually
acted in collusion with the Viet
Cong in order to force the Saigon
government to accept unfavorable
,peace negotiations and a coalition
Viet Cong radio propagandists
broadcast stories to this effect in
the early days of the offensive and
started rumors so strong that U.S.
Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker took
the unusual move of denying
Part of Van Minh's editorial was
censored. But the censored por-
tion was made available and
"Although press censorship had
been extremely severe, articles
speculating on actual American
intentions or putting the United
States in an unfavorable light
have not been censored or have
been very lighted censored. This
official attitude is not simply a
natural manifestation of Vietna-
mese chronic xenophobia, but also
reveals Vietnamese officials' in-
curable suspicions about actual
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (P)-AFL-
CIO leaders planned yesterday to
raise a political war chest of $2
million or more to help re-elect
President Johnson and labor
friends in Congress.
George Meany, president of the
14 million-member labor federa-
tion, told a meeting of AFL-CIO
political strategists that the out-
come of the November presiden-
tial election is crucial to organ-
"It is quite clearly a choice be-
tween liberalism and conserva-
tism," Meany told officials of the
Committee on Political Education
(COPE)-the AFL-CIO's political
He compared Johnson favorably
with the late President Franklin
D. Roosevelt, under whom most
of today's protective labor laws
were first enacted.
Meany said Johnson's four-year
record is equal to or better than
the first four years of Roosevelt
in the 1932-36 depression era.
"Frankly, I consider it even bet-
ter for us," Meany said of John-
The labor political strategists
reported that its voluntary collec-
tions from union members went
over the $1 million mark last year,
and is expected to climb well
above that in this election year.
They also authorized an extra
"voluntary assessment" of 5 cents
for each of the 14 million workers
in AFL-CIO unions. The expected
$700,000 this will raise will go for
voter registration and get out the
vote drives on election day.
Meany said the key to victory
for labor backed candidates could
depend on this campaign to get
voters registered and to the polls
on election day.
He said the increase in the
voluntary "give a buck to COPE"
political contributions showed an
increasing political awareness of
"I'm convinced that work, and
not shouting, is what we need to
do" to help Johnson and liberal
congressional Democrats in the
elections, Meany said.
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