• Short Summary

    United States policy and its embassy in Vientiane, Laos, were the targets of a demonstration in the capital on Friday (9 May).

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    United States policy and its embassy in Vientiane, Laos, were the targets of a demonstration in the capital on Friday (9 May).

    Hundreds of Laotians gathered for a rally -- despite a ban on such gatherings -- to denounce American policy. And on their way to the rally, a group of them broke into the embassy grounds and pulled down the American flag.

    At the rally, the demonstrators also demanded the immediate resignation of several right-wing Laotian political and military leaders.

    The rally was interpreted as an indirect political attempt by the Pathet Lao to remove the right-wing faction from the Government.

    Four right-wing members of the delicately-balanced Government have since resigned. They included two Cabinet ministers. The Pathet Lao News agency said on Sunday (11 May) that the rightist faction in the country "are actively preparing to pack up and go abroad".

    Political observers said Pathet Lao, who have so far held an equal number of ministries in the coalition cabinet, can now take over total power in Laos whenever they wish.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5NNHVSV93FHQY6UMEO1K06NI4
    Media URN:
    VLVA5NNHVSV93FHQY6UMEO1K06NI4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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