Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 10. 23rd May 1973
[Ho Chi Min's Birthday]
Our rivers, our mountains, our men will
always remain. When we defeat the
Yankees, we will build a country ten
times more beautiful".
"My ultimate wish is that our whole party
and people, closely united in struggle,
shall build a peaceful, united, independent,
democratic and prosperous Vietnam and
make a worthy contribution to the world
Saturday, May 19th was the 83rd anniversary of Ho Chi Minh's birthday.
Ho epitomised the Vietnamese people's struggle for national liberation against American aggression. People throughout the world honour him as a revolutionary whose people have brought the world's greatest military power to its knees.
Last Saturday a peace delegation from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam left Australia after a three week friendship visit. They would have been in New Zealand this week but for the opposition of Norman Kirk.
By claiming that the P.R.G. has no status as a government and suggesting that it is merely a puppet of Hanoi Mr Kirk managed to sabotage the delegation's visit to New Zealand. But at the same time he exposed himself as an accomplice in Nixon's schemes of conquering Indochina.
After the Vietnamese decided they could not come to New Zealand, representatives of the Wellington Committee on Vietnam flew to Sydney to meet the delegation. In a special supplement in this issue Peter Franks reports on meetings and discussions with the Vietnamese.