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    King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Prime Minister Mr. Seni Pramoj, government ministers,?

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    King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Prime Minister Mr. Seni Pramoj, government ministers, top military officers and foreign diplomats attended the mass cremation of over 400 people killed last year in operations against communist guerrillas in Thailand.

    The cremation took place at one of Bangkok's largest Buddhist temples on Thursday (6 May). Troops turned out on parte for the ceremony and monks chanted and played ritual instrument.

    Among the dead were over 200 soldiers, 150 civilians and nearly 100 police - most of whom were killed in operations in the north east of Thailand.

    King Bhumibol set alight the first fuse connected to the funeral pyre containing the remains of the dead. Queen Sirikit then lit the second fuse as relatives of the deceased watched and prayed.

    According to Visnews reporter John Ayers most of the people killed died in clashes between government forces and communist guerrillas. He quotes a government spokesman as saying that over 10,000 guerrillas are active in Thailand and that most communist activity is centred near the Thai - Laos border.

    SYNOPSIS: Troops paraded in Bangkok on Thursday for the mass cremation of over 400 people killed last year in operations against communist guerrillas in Thailand. Among the dead were over 200 soldiers, 150 civilians and nearly 100 police.

    Thailand's Prime Minister, Mr. Seni Pramoj, attended the ceremony at one of Bangkok's largest Buddhist temples, along with King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Government ministers, top military officers and foreign diplomats also paid their tributes in the company of relatives of the dead. Most of those killed died in clashes between government forces and communist guerrillas in the north east of the country, near the Laos-Thai border.

    The Chief of the Thai army, General Boonthai Bamrugpong, paid tribute to those who were killed, saying that they were all heroes. King Bhumibol lit the first fuse connected to the funeral pyre and Queen Sirikit ignited the second one as relatives of the dead watched and prayed.

    Monks played ritual instruments and chanted during the ceremony, which is the second of its kind to take place in two years. An army spokesman said that nearly 4,000 Thais have been killed in clashes with guerrillas since 1968.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA603RD5TZMRYZ8EO6WQ0EO8R0
    Media URN:
    VLVAA603RD5TZMRYZ8EO6WQ0EO8R0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
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    N/A

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