Thailand's military-backed Government has announced a purge of top civil servants, including the man who helped negotiate the United States military withdrawal from the country.
Thailand's military-backed Government has announced a purge of top civil servants, including the man who helped negotiate the United States military withdrawal from the country. Spokesmen for the military leaders who took over in a coup on October the sixth gave no reason for the sackings.
SYNOPSIS: Meanwhile, weapons captured only hours before the military coup, in fighting at Thammasat University have gone on show in Bangkok. They are of various types and originate from several countries. Over 3,000 students were reported held by the authorities after the successful coup. Last week, an official spokesman of the ruling Military Administration Reform Council said arrests of Communist suspects had continued in Bangkok and the rest of the country. He said that of those arrested, 2,647 were still under detention.
The authorities also said that at least 200 leftist Thai students had crossed into communist Laos and taken part in demonstrations against the military takeover. There have also been reports of clashes with Thai communist insurgents and Laotian troops near the Thai-Laotian border. At a news conference, the Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Administration, Mr. Thanat Khoman, was asked about the possibility of a Government-in-exile.
On Friday (22 October)a new government was sworn in at the Chitrada Palace of King Bhumibol Aduljadej, led by the new 49-year-old Prime Minister, Mr. Thanin Kraivichien. The new constitution, earlier approved by the King, gives the Government sweeping powers to issue andy orders for preventive and suppression purposes in a wide range of areas. The military body will remain as advisers to the Prime Minister. An appointed Legislative Assembly of between 300 and 400 people will have a life of four years, preparing for an elected Assembly.
In a broadcast to the nation, Mr. Thanin explained the new moves, saying a Senate would also be appointed in four years time -- both 1984. He also announced a campaign against vice and corruption and promised action against beggars and drug traffickers.