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    As the new Communist rulers in Laos proceed with the job of establishing a purely Socialist state, almost everyone in the three-million population--from soldiers to buddhist monks--is undergoing some form of "re-education".

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    As the new Communist rulers in Laos proceed with the job of establishing a purely Socialist state, almost everyone in the three-million population--from soldiers to buddhist monks--is undergoing some form of "re-education".

    In Vientiane, a showcase for foreigners where the sophisticated population is likely to react more strongly than peasants, the government is proceeding more carefully than in the countryside.

    As part of the "re-education" programme, residents from areas in and around Vientiane work on projects in their own districts.

    In one such project workers gather at the Wattay Airport, near Vientiane, on Saturdays to clear the area. At this time of the year they concentrate on cleaning up the entrance and ensuring the ditches are in good condition for the coming rainy season.

    Nearby, another group is constructing an irrigation and drainage ditch for growing rice. That project should also eliminate part of the flooding which makes the area impractical for the growing of rice.

    One government official has said the aim of the programme is "education for patriotism, raising the level of consciousness and understanding the government's programme of action".

    Another facet of "re-education" is series of seminars designed to introduce the new government's ideology.

    SYNOPSIS: In the Laotian capital of Vientiane, workers are being organised into groups as part of the new government's "re-education" programme. Some of the community work is being carried out here, near the city's Wattay Airport. At this time of the year they're concentrating on clearing the airport's entrance and digging ditches in preparation for the rainy season.

    This community work is only one facet of the re-education programme. As the new Communist rulers in Laos proceed with the job of establishing a purely Socialist state, almost everyone in the three-million population is undergoing some training within the programme.

    Another group, near the airport, are working to improve rice production. In this area, flooding has made the area impractical for the growing of rice, but the workers are constructing an irrigation and drainage system which should solve the problem. They've been working on the project since January.

    A government official says the aim of the "re-education" programme is what is termed education for patriotism raising the level of consciousness, and understanding the government's programme of action". The chief targets are the remaining senior officials and army and police officers who supported the former government. Between five and ten thousand people have been moved to centres in the former Communist Pathet Lao zone for indoctrination in the policies of the new regime.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA74Y0GMGIK3ZALIE1SL4XL0AI0
    Media URN:
    VLVA74Y0GMGIK3ZALIE1SL4XL0AI0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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