• Short Summary

    In Bangkok, Thailand, fears are growing that the general elections for the National Assembly scheduled for 4 April will be preempted by a coup d'etat.

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    In Bangkok, Thailand, fears are growing that the general elections for the National Assembly scheduled for 4 April will be preempted by a coup d'etat.

    The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, General Boonchai Bamrungphong, has said that groups of young officers have been planning to stage a coup. He said there had been reports that the caretaker Prime Minister, Kukrit Pramoj, may not be strong enough to contest the general election.

    Mr. Kukrit had the National Assembly dissolved in January on the grounds that the multiplicity of political parties threatened the stability of Thailand's democratic system.

    Last weekend (28 February) Dr. Boonsanong Bunyothayarn, Secretary General of the Socialist Party of Thailand, was shot dead outside his hotel in Bangkok. Observers in Bangkok say that the assassination appeared to be part of a growing right-left wing conflict.

    Dr. Boonsanong was a university lecturer in sociology and one of the most prominent politicians on the small left wing of Thai politics.

    The killing of Dr. Boonsanong and this week's coup speculation followed a bomb attack two weeks ago on the headquarters of the left-leaning New Force Party - allegedly carried out by members of the extreme rightist Red Bull Movement.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FYKEJN6BLUHZVHWIXWYLZEO8
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FYKEJN6BLUHZVHWIXWYLZEO8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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