• Short Summary

    THE BURMESE ARMY SEIZED CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY IN A BLOODLESS COUP, MARCH 2 1962, SWOOPING IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING AND PLACING THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT - INCLUDING PREMIER U NU - UNDER HOUSE ARREST.

  • Description

    THE BURMESE ARMY SEIZED CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY IN A BLOODLESS COUP, MARCH 2 1962, SWOOPING IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING AND PLACING THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT - INCLUDING PREMIER U NU - UNDER HOUSE ARREST.

    GENERAL NE WIN, SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE BURMESE ARMY AND A FORMER PREMIER, CALLED ON THE NATION TO SUPPORT A MILITARY JUNTA, TO KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON AS NORMAL. HE SAID THE ARMY HAD BEEN FORCED TO ACT BECAUSE OF THE STEADILY DETERIORATING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SITUATION.

    GENERAL NE WIN, 52, SHOWN SAYING FAREWELL TO U NU ON A VISIT TO INDIA IN 1961, HAS BEEN BURMESE COMMANDER IN CHIEF SINCE 1948. WHEN THE COUNTRY RAN INTO INTERNAL TROUBLE IN 1949, HE TOOK CHARGE OF THE PORTFOLIOS OF DEFENCE AND HOME AFFAIRS, AND IN 1958 WAS APPOINTED PREMIER WHEN U NU RESIGNED. HE REMAINED IN OFFICE, DESPITE AN OFFER OF RESIGNATION IN MID-1959, UNTIL ELECTIONS RETURNED U NU TO THE PREMIERSHIP IN 1960.

    SMALL NUMBERS OF REBELS, ESTIMATED AT ONLY 5,000, KEEP BURMA'S ARMED FORCES TIED UP IN SECURITY DUTIES. COLONIES OF EX-SOLDIERS FROM CHIANG KAI-SHEK'S ARMY IN THE EAST, LARGE NUMBERS OF ILLEGAL CHINESE IMMIGRANTS IN THE NORTH AND OTHER SMALL GROUPS OF DISCONTENTS ADD TO THE INTERNAL TROUBLES.

    IN RECENT MONTHS THE GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS FAILED, PRICES WERE RISING AND MANY OVERSEAS MARKETS LOST, LEAVING A SUBSTANTIAL RICE SURPLUS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA235I221KQ82067Q41LP1HTH6X
    Media URN:
    VLVA235I221KQ82067Q41LP1HTH6X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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