• Short Summary

    A DEMOCRAT PARTY RALLY WAS HELD IN BANGKOK LAST MONDAY (6 JANUARY) AS THAILAND PREPARES TO GO THE POLLS ON FEBRUARY 10 FOR A NATION-WIDE GENERAL ELECTION.

  • Description

    A DEMOCRAT PARTY RALLY WAS HELD IN BANGKOK LAST MONDAY (6 JANUARY) AS THAILAND PREPARES TO GO THE POLLS ON FEBRUARY 10 FOR A NATION-WIDE GENERAL ELECTION. THE ELECTION WILL BE THE COUNTRY'S FIRST IN 10 YEARS. SIX OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY'S CANDIDATES WERE INTRODUCED TO A LARGE AUDIENCE IN THE RALLY.

    THE PARTY LEADER, MR. M.R. SENI PRAMOJ AND THE CANDIDATES ATTACKED THE THAI GOVERNMENT FOR ALLEGED MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRUPTION.

    THAILAND'S COMMAND OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, LIEUTENNANT-GENERAL SAIYUD KHERDPOL SAID RECENTLY THAT THE COUNTRY'S BANNED COMMUNIST PARTY WAS TRYING TO LINK UP WITH OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES TO FORM A UNITED FRONT TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT. HE SAID THAT THE COMMUNISTS HAD INTENSIFIED THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE AND PROPAGANDA ACTIVITIES.

    THE COMMUNIST PARTY, HE ADDED, WAS ALSO USING ARMED GUERRILLAS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR THIS PURPOSE BUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD DEALT EFFECTIVELY WITH THE GUERRILLAS IN NORTH EASTERN AND SOUTHERN THAILAND.

    IN NORTHERN THAILAND, CLOSE TO THE LAOTIAN BORDER, IT IS REPORTED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN ALMOST DAILY CLASHES BETWEEN GOVERNMENT PARA-MILITARY FORCES AND COMMUNIST GUERRILLAS.

    IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE MEO HILL TRIBESMEN PRESENTLY FORM THE BACKBONE OF THE MILITANT COMMUNIST MOVEMENT IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. IT WAS REPORTED FROM WASHINGTON D.C., THAT THERE ARE TODAY NEARLY 50,000 AMERICAN TROOPS, INCLUDING AIRMEN, IN THAILAND. IN THEORY, HOWEVER, THEY ARE SOLELY FOR OPERATIONS IN VIETNAM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9P8W2WB8AV4T75BTA2LIMGN9Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA9P8W2WB8AV4T75BTA2LIMGN9Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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