Tension rose in Saigon today as an aged Buddhist monk burned himself to death before thousands of onlookers.
The Rev. Quang Duc calmly put a match to his gasoline-soaked yellow robes at a main Saigon street intersection to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by President Ngo Dinh Diem's government.
The 300 monks surrounding him let out a wail. The burning man did not cry out. He remained sitting upright for several minutes before dying.
Monks lay in front of the wheel of nearby fire trucks to prevent them from moving.'
The sacrifice capped a wave of Buddhist demonstrations against the government demanding religious freedom and social justice.
-- From The Associated Press. Full story: @. Photo by the AP's Malcolm Browne, whose picture of Quang Duc won World Press Photo of the Year in 1963 and whose reporting from Vietnam won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964.
* Summary (from "Historical Dictionary of Ho Chi Minh City," Justin Corfield, 2013): @
* "The Burning Monk" (from AP.org): @
* "Vietnam Burning Monk Photographer Malcolm Browne Dies" (Associated Press, 2012): @
* "An Angry Buddhist Burns Himself Alive" (Life magazine, June 21, 1963, page 24): @
* "TWE Remembers: Thich Quang Duc's Self-Immolation" (James M. Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations): @