• Short Summary

    TWO YOUNG TAIS, WHO WERE SAID TO HAVE RECEIVED COMMUNIST INDOCTRINATION AND TRAINING IN GUERILLA WARFARE, WERE INTRODUCED TO A PRESS CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    TWO YOUNG TAIS, WHO WERE SAID TO HAVE RECEIVED COMMUNIST INDOCTRINATION AND TRAINING IN GUERILLA WARFARE, WERE INTRODUCED TO A PRESS CONFERENCE IN BANGKOK YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). THEY HAD BEEN CAUGHT IN NORTH-EAST THAILAND IN APRIL AND ACCORDING TO THE THAI AUTHORITIES HAD AGREED TO MEET THE PRESS AND TELEVISION CAMERAS OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL.

    THE TWO MEN, EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD SOD NATRA AND 25-YEAR-OLD BOON PRAKOS, HAD LIVED AND WORKED AT A VILLAGE IN THE NORTH-EAST THAILAND LESS THAN THREE MILES (5 KMS) FROM THE MILITARY AIRPORT BEING COMPLETED AT LERNG-NOK-TA BY THE BRITISH.

    THE YOUNGER MAN SAID THE MAN WHO HAD RECRUITED HIM TO THE FREE FARMER'S MOVEMENT, A COMMUNIST FRONT ORGANISATION, HAD TOLD HIM THAT CONSTRUCTION OF THE AIRPORT HAD COST FARMERS THEIR LAND AND THAT THAILAND HAD BECOME A COLONY OF THE UNITED STATES. LIKE BOON PRAKOS BEFORE HIM, HE'D ASKED FOR TRAINING AND WAS TAKEN TO A SCHOOL NEAR HANOI, NORTH VIETNAM, WHERE HE RECEIVED WEAPON INSTRUCTION AND POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION.

    HOME IN THAILAND, BOON USED HIS KNOWLEDGE OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS TEACHING FIVE FARMERS FROM A VILLAGE WITH A POPULATION OF 300, HOW TO USE A CARBINE. FOR SOD THE END CAME QUICKLY. RETURNING FROM VIETNAM THIS YEAR HE WAS ARRESTED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

    IN RECENT MONTHS THERE HAVE BEEN UNCONFIRMED REPORTS OF GOVERNMENT ACTION AGAINST GUERRILLAS IN NORTH-EAST THAILAND. SOME REPORTS SPEAK OF MORE THAN 2,000 ARRESTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6A1R8Z2Q7C1YX4D15SXTVN3L3
    Media URN:
    VLVA6A1R8Z2Q7C1YX4D15SXTVN3L3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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