• Short Summary

    FORCES LOYAL TO THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, ARE NOW IN FIRM CONTROL OF VIENTIANE, THE LAOTIAN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL.

  • Description

    FORCES LOYAL TO THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, ARE NOW IN FIRM CONTROL OF VIENTIANE, THE LAOTIAN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL.THEY TIGHTENED THEIR GRIP ON THE CITY AFTER LAST THURSDAY'S PITCHED BATTLE WITH TROOPS AFTER BEING REINFORCED BY TROOPS FROM LUANG PRABANG, THE ROYAL CAPITAL IN THE NORTH.

    FIGHTING ERUPTED AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF TENSION BETWEEN THE LAOTIAN ARMY HIGH COMMAND BACKED BY PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, AND THE POWERFUL PARA-MILITARY POLICE FORCE OF GENERAL SIHO LAMPHOUTHAKOUL, WHICH WERE COMMANDED BY GENERAL NOSAVAN.

    WORST FIGHTING TOOK PLACE AT A POLICE STATION IN THE MIDDLE OF VIENTIANE, WHICH WAS SURROUNDED AND BURNED.ABOUT 40 MEMBERS OF THE PARA-MILITARY POLICE WERE TAKEN PRISONER.DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE BATTLE, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA TOOK REFUGE IN A HOSPITAL, WHERE HE RECEIVED MR.HOBSON, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR, WHO SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT THE SITUATION.

    SOME OF THE 400 ARMY TROOPERS OF COLONEL BOUNLEUT SYKOSY, THE MAN WHO LED THE ABORTIVE COUP ON FEBRUARY 1, SWITCHED THEIR DISTINGUISHING BLUE NECKERCHIEFS TO GOVERNMENT YELLOW RIBBONS.THEY KEPT THEIR POSITIONS BUT DID NOT TAKE PART IN THE FIGHTING.

    WHEN THE BATTLE WAS OVER, GENERAL NOSAVAN, GENERAL SIHO AND THE REMNANTS OF THEIR FORCES WITHDREW FROM THE CITY, HEADING TOWARDS THE MEO TRIBE COUNTRY IN THE HILLS TO THE NORTH.IT WAS LATER LEARNED THAT GENERAL NOSAVAN HAD FLED TO THE UNITED STATES AIR BASE AT UDORN IN THAILAND, ABOUT 30 MILES FROM THE LAOS-THAILAND BORDER.THE WHEREABOUTS OF GENERAL SIHO IS NOT KNOWN.

    THE FLARE-UP FORCED THOUSANDS OF LAOTIANS TO FLEE ACROSS THE MEKONG RIVER INTO THAILAND.THAI AUTHORITIES HAVE CLAMPED DOWN STRICT SECURITY MEASURES ON THE BORDER IN CASE LEFT-WING EXTREMISTS TRY TO SLIP INTO THE COUNTRY AMONG THE REFUGEES.BY LAST WEEKEND IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT 15,000 REFUGEES HAD CROSSED INTO THAILAND AND MORE WERE EXPECTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA675UNAWNFA1OQJJZCOFK4QOQW
    Media URN:
    VLVA675UNAWNFA1OQJJZCOFK4QOQW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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