Describe the major protest erupted in Saigon Native Girls School in 1926, in Vietnam.

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Describe the major protest erupted in Saigon Native Girls School in 1926, in Vietnam.

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  1. (1) A major protest erupted in 1926 in the Saigon Native Girls School because a Vietnamese girl sitting in one of front seats was asked to move to the back of the class and allow a local French student to occupy the front bench. She refused. The principal, a colon (French people living in the colonies), expelled her, leading to a further spread of open protests. Seeing the situation getting out of control, the government forced the school to take the students back. The principal reluctantly agreed but warned the students, “I will crush all the Vietnamese under my feet. Ah! You wish my deportation. Know well that I will leave only after I am assured Vietnamese no longer inhabit Cochinchina.” (2) Effects and Importance : Elsewhere the students fought against the colonial government’s effort to prevent the Vietnamese from qualifying for white collar jobs. The students were inspired by patriotic feelings that it was duty of the educated to fight for the benefit of society. This led to a conflict with the French. By the 1920s, students formed various political parties such as the Party of Young Annan. Students started publishing nationalist journals such as Annanese Student.

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