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    ACCOMPANIED BY AN ESCORT OF U.S.-SUPPLIED TRAINER AIRCRAFT, GENERAL PHOUMI NOSOVAN, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER?

  • Description

    ACCOMPANIED BY AN ESCORT OF U.S.-SUPPLIED TRAINER AIRCRAFT, GENERAL PHOUMI NOSOVAN, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND DEFENCE MINSTER OF THE ROYAL LAOTIAN GOVERNMENT, RECENTLY MADE A FLYING VISIT TO HIS HOMETOWN AND STRONGHOLD - SAVANNAKHET IN SOUTHERN LAOS. WITH HIM ON THE TRIP FROM VIENTIANE WERE THE MILITARY ATTACHES OF AUSTRALIA, THAILAND,AND THE UNITED STATES.

    AT SAVANNAKHET AIRPORT, GENERAL PHOUMI WAS WELCOMED BY GENERAL BOUN PONG OF THE NEW ARMY GROUP CALLED "DEFENCE OF THE SURFACE", AND THE COMMANDER OF THE SAVANNAKHET MILITARY DIVISION, COLONEL SASOURITH.

    THE GENERAL'S VISIT WAS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH CELEBRATIONS OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF HIS REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE IN SAVANNAKHET ON SEPT 10 LAST YEAR. THIS WAS A PRELUDE TO HIS MARCH ON VIENTIANE, WHEN HE WRESTED CONTROL OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL FORM CAPTAIN KONG LE AND ENABLED THE SETTING UP OF THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT LED BY PRINCE BOUN OUM.

    AFTER A PUBLIC RECEPTION, DURING WHICH HE WAS ACCLAIMED BY THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS, INCLUDING MONKS AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE KING'S COUNCIL, GENERAL PHOUMI MOVED TO THE COUNTRYSIDE HEADQUARTERS OF III MILITARY AREA, WHERE HE INSPECTED TROOPS, PROMOTED MANY OFFICERS, AND AWARDED SPECIAL DECORATIONS TO CIVILIANS. TO LEADERS OF HIS REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE HE GAVE SPECIAL "REVOLUTIONARY RINGS". THE CELEBRATIONS ENDED WITH A MILITARY PARADE WHICH INCLUDED WOMEN SOLDIERS, TANKS, AND ARMOURED VEHICLES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2GQ74JL77N7OE2C9JSFQWUKVE
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GQ74JL77N7OE2C9JSFQWUKVE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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