• Short Summary

    Trouble on Thailand's southern border with Malaysia flatred up again on Saturday (9 August) when 200 communist guerrillas attacked in Thai border patrol post, killing ten policemen and wounding another 19.

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    Trouble on Thailand's southern border with Malaysia flatred up again on Saturday (9 August) when 200 communist guerrillas attacked in Thai border patrol post, killing ten policemen and wounding another 19.

    The pre-dawn attack, described by officials as one of the biggest government forces-guerrilla clashes ever, took place in the Chang District, Nakhon Thammarat Province, 740 miles south of Bangkok.

    Over 100 Thais have been so far this year in similar border battles, but mostly in the north and north-eastern regions.

    However, despite relative inactivity in the south, except for Saturday's fighting, the Thai Government forces are currently organising villagers from Bethong, some 720 miles south of Bangkok, into self-defence militia groups.

    The 12,000 residents of Bethong have been constantly harassed by the guerrillas. Most of them are Malay-Chinese, and several are known to have communist ties.

    But the great majority of local people have been paying yearly "protection money" to the guerrillas, ranging from 10,000 bahts (500 Dollars U.S.) for tubber plantation owners to 500 bahts (25 dollars U.S.) from middle and lower class residents.

    SYNOPSIS: Increased activity by communist guerrillas around Thailand's southern border with Malaysia, has provoked official government action. Thai Army soldiers are now organising groups of villagers in the south, into self-defence militia.

    This group comprises about fifty volunteers from Bethong, a village about seven hundred miles south of Bangkok, and neighbouring Yala. The M-sixteen rifle is the standard weapon for civilian forces.

    The latest guerrilla attack came on Saturday. Two hundred men hit a Thai border patrol post, killing ten policemen and wounding nineteen others. The pre-dawn raid was described by Government officials as the biggest ever clash between police and guerrillas. It happened in the Chaang District, about seven hundred and forty miles south of Bangkok.

    An estimated five hundred communist guerrillas are believed to be living in the thick jungle around Thailand's southern border region. Over a hundred Thais have been killed in clashes so far this year, but mostly in the north and north-eastern regions. However, the number of instances involving rebel forces has dropped considerably in recent years. There were six-hundred and fifty clashes in nineteen-seventy-two, but under a hundred clashes in nineteen-seventy-four.

    In Bothong itself, the population is mostly Chinese-Malay, and groups of them are known to have communist ties. Several businesses in the town openly display the Chinese flag.

    However, the great majority of the people in Bethong are paying yearly "protection money" to the guerrillas. The payments range from ten thousand bahts (five hundred dollars U.S.) for rubber plantation owners to 500 bahts (twenty-five dollars U.S.) for two poorer people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6W8YCKSHUZOY5Y759HPUM2FDP
    Media URN:
    VLVA6W8YCKSHUZOY5Y759HPUM2FDP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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