1. BACKGROUND ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MARTIAL LAW 2. PROBLEMS OF GENERAL DON

Created: 8/23/1963

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PLAN TO DECLARE MARTIAL LAW FOR SOUTH VIETNAM WHICH WASUT 6 3EETING OF SEVERAL HIGH-RANKING ARMY OFFICERS HEADEDAJOR GENERAL TRAN VAN DON. GENERAL DON MAO SEEN ASSURED THAT NO CASUALTIES WOULD OCCUR DURING THE ROUNDUP OF BUDOHISTS.

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PLAN EVOLVED ABOUTUGUSTEETING OF THE FOLLOWINGi MAJOR GENERAL TRAN VAN DON, COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES; BRIGADIER GENERAL TON THAT DiNH, III CORPS COMMANDER; BRIGADIER GENERAL TRAN THI EN KHIEM, CHIEF OF STAFF, JOINT GENERAL STAFF; BRIGADIER GENERAL TRAN TU OA I, DIRECT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, WHO HANDLED THE PRINTING Rfr: MENTS; COLONEL LE QUANG TUNG, HEAD OF THE VIETNAMESE

iAL FORCES; NGUEYN VAN Y, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NATIONALOSSIBLE ONE OR TWO OTHERS. AT THIS MEETING GENERAL DON WAS ASSURED THAT NO ONE WOULD BE HURT IN ACTIONS AIMED AT THE BUDDHISTS. DESPITE THIS ASSURANCE,OLICE AND COMBAT POLICE WERE INJURED, SIX OF THEM CRITICALLY. BUDDHIST CASUALTIES WERE NOT KNOWN BUT0 BONZES AND LAY PERSONS WERE UNDER DETENTION BYUGUST; MOST OF THESE WERE TO BE RELEASED.

3. ONETITION INDICATING THAT THE SITUATIONORATED TO THE EXTENT THAT ACTION AGAINST THETHE ESTABLISHMENT OF MARTIAL LAW WERE BOTHSIGNED BY ALL GENERAL OFFICERS AND PRESENTEDDIEM BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MARTIAL LAW,CIRCULATED THROUGHOUT THE GENERAL STAFF FORTHOSE WHO ACTUALLY HAD NOT SIGNED IT. MA.-OR GENERALMIN* MILITARY ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT, SIGNED IT ON

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UGUST ANO SEVERAL OTHER GENERALS OFFICERS HAD SIGNED IT AFTER THE MOVE WAS MADE AGAINST THE SUDOHiSTSUGUST. flHM COMMENT. THIS WOULD SEEM TO IMPLY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD NOT BEEN PRESENTEDETITION SIGNEDAJORITY OF THE GENERALS.)

k. GENERAL DON EXPLAINED TO GENERALS DUONG VAN MlNH, Tp- MlNH, LE VAN NGHIEM, AND LE VAN KIM ONUGUST

ZVENTS THAT HAD TRANSPIREO SINCEUGUST STATING THAT ^CSURANCCS TO HIM THAT NONE WOULD BE HURT HAD NOT BEEN FULFILLED. HE TOLD THEM THAT THE SITUATION WAS GRAVE, THAT HE NEEDED THEIR HELP AND THAT HE WISHED TO MEET WITH THEM EVERY MORNING. HE SAID THAT THE ARMY COULD HANDLE ONE SERIOUS OUTBREAK BUT IF MULTIPLE MAJOR DISTURBANCES ERUPTED, (ronriON garbled, being.serviced)*

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