Laos celebrated its first anniversary under complete Communist Pathet Lao control on Sunday (12 October) with forceful speeches against the United States and Thailand.
GV Pavilion in Tat Luang Square.
SV & GV committee chairman speaking as soldiers listen (3 shots).
CU General Kamaun Buppa and chairman Mr. Meune Somvichith clapping.
GV women soldiers march past with field gun on truck (2 shots).
Soldiers march past.
GV helicopter overhead.
CU pull back girl in crowd.
GV float with girls dancing.
GV float with soldier wearing CIA helmet.
GV ROP officials and American Ambassador.
SV officials applaud pull out to GV of Parade with girls marching waving paper flowers.
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Background: Laos celebrated its first anniversary under complete Communist Pathet Lao control on Sunday (12 October) with forceful speeches against the United States and Thailand.
Women soldiers were among thousand of Pathet Lao troops, workers, government officials, students and other Laotians who filed past the officials stand in Tat Luang Square in the capital Vientiane. The celebrations were for the 30th anniversary of the Laotian Nationalists declaration of independence from France.
The Pathet Lao now have full control of the country's three million people after the gradual administrative takeover which followed the Communist victories in neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia six months ago.
M. Meune Somvichith chairman of "the insurrection and power taking committee of Vientiane Province" made the main speech at the parade. He accused the United States of using the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents to create trouble in Laos "in the hope of hindering the people's power".
Laotians "have to concentrate our implacable hatred on the American imperialists and their valets" he said.
M. Meune also attacked Thailand where dozens of former rightist leaders and more than 30,000 refugees have fled since the Communist takeover. He said Thailand was continuing to support Laotian reactionaries to provoke trouble and insecurity on the frontier.
This was the first occasion on which the people of Vientiane had celebrated October 12 as their independence anniversary. The day marks the 30th anniversary of the declaration of a provisional constitution and of independence from French colonial rule. Former Vientiane regimes celebrated the July 19 anniversary of the transfer of power to the Laotians by Paris in 1949.