The Buddha Riot: A Turning Point in Vietnam's History
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A Turning point signifies a change in the past that has a great impact on the lives of people or an individual. The 1963, Buddha Riot is considered as a turning point in Vietnam history, it impacted the lives of Vietnamese people forever. It also captures the attention of millions of people globally and locally. There are many minor events that occurred in history that did not significantly affect individual’s lives like how the Buddha’s Riot printed the hearts of the Vietnamese people. However, the turning point that is chosen to be discussed in this research paper is the event that took place many years ago on June 11th, 1963 in Vietnam. The Buddhist Riot was not just an event that occurred out of pleasure; it was a dramatic event that historians believe was a turning point for not only the people of Vietnam but also the Americans that were involved in the War against communism. This event was a demonstration of the Buddhist against the Government of Vietnam during 1963. The Monks, Nuns and the civilians gathered together to prove their struggle and religious suppression that they were battling with the Government Ngo Dinh Diem of the South Vietnam for many years. They were struggling to maintain and preserve their cultural and political freedoms were ignored by their Catholic Government Ngo Dinh Diem.
The Buddhists Crises started on May 8th 1963, a group of young students were rallying in the streets of Hue carrying the religious flags of the Buddhists. Their goal was to protest against Diemist law. Diem’s laws prohibited the flying of religious flags or symbols of the Buddhists. Diem was “opposing the flying of the religious flag to celebrate the 2,527th anniversary of the Buddha’s birth.” (Moss, p. 104). In regards to th...
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...g (Moss, p.107). Because of Diem’s noncompliance and determination not to make any changes his own ARVN launch a coup and arrested him and executed Ngo Dinh Diem and Ngo Dinh Nhu.
Although the American’s major interest in the Vietnam was to contain the spread of communism. The Buddhist riot of 1963 became a public concern and changed the American views on the leader they had once chosen and supported, in order to prevent the communist leader from the North to dominate the South. However, after the Buddhist Riot, Ngo Dinh Diem was proven by the American’s and the public that he was not a good leader and caused his own downfall by not giving the Buddhists equal opportunity and their religious freedom which was the main cause of the turning point.
Moss, George D. Vietnam. An American Ordeal, 6th Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions. VitalBook file.