End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Communist-led forces seize power in southern Vietnam

    25 August 1945. Although only four days earlier they had joined with fellow Cao Dai, Trotskyist and Hoa Hao members of the United Front in a mass demonstration in Saigon, after days of turmoil the Vanguard Youth now forms a new alliance with the now-openly ICP-led Viet Minh. At a giant demonstration in Saigon, this rickety coalition launches an insurrection in the name of the Southern Provisional Administrative Committee. By the end of the day, the city is secured and Imperial Delegate Nguyen Van Sam is under guard. Further seizures of power follow in cities and towns across the south. However, the situation is far from settled; other groups are angered that the ruling committee has only ICP members or supporters.

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