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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 10. 23rd May 1973

Thieu lies to the Pope

Thieu lies to the Pope

Secondly Thieu still refuses to release the 300,000 or more political prisoners held in his jails. Many of these people belong to the neutralists or 'Third Force', and under continued imprisonment is a means of sabotaging the provisions of the agreement which guarantee the neutralists a stake in South Vietnam's political future. Lately Thieu has pretended he is holding no political prisoners in his jails, and even made this claim to the Pope, despite the fact that his regime holds many Catholics as prisoners.

Like the American and Saigon Administration attempts to wreck the ceasefire these attempts to sabotage the political provisions of the agreement are doomed to failure. The more Thieu represses the people under his control, the more they will turn to support the P.R.G.