Thousands of students have staged a mass rally in Bangkok in protest against the return to Thailand of its former Deputy Prime Minister, General Praphas Charusathien.
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GV Thousands of students rallying at weekend grounds
MV Students listening to speaker
MV Student leader speaking (2 shots)
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Anti-Praphas posters and newspapers (2 shots)
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Army General meets press at Government House
Foreign Minister talking to newsmen
Deputy Interior Minister Mr. Samak being interviewed
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Background: Thousands of students have staged a mass rally in Bangkok in protest against the return to Thailand of its former Deputy Prime Minister, General Praphas Charusathien.
SYNOPSIS; Nearly 10,000 students gathered for the demonstration on Tuesday (17 August), demanding a murder trial for the 63-year-old general. He has been widely accused of responsibility for the deaths of 72 people in mass demonstrations which ousted him from power in 1973. The former Deputy Premier slipped back into Thailand on Sunday (15 August) from exile in Taiwan. He'd fled there during the uprising.
While student leaders were demanding his arrest and trial, ti appeared he had gone into hiding. The Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Seni Pramoj, called a special Cabinet meeting and told reporters that General Praphas' return was 'definitely political'.
General Praphas would be asked to leave the country if he was found, said the Thai Premier. Police and military forces were searching for him.
At the Government House news conference following the Cabinet meeting senior military officials, the Foreign Minister, and the Deputy Interior Minister, Mr. Samek, all denied Knowledge of General Praphas' whereabouts. They were checking all possible hiding places, they said.