• Short Summary

    THE LAOTIAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER, GENERAL THAO MA, HAS STAGED A COUP D'ETAT IN SAVANNAKHET, IN SOUTHERN LAOS, ACCORDING TO REPORTS REACHING THE THAI CAPITAL, BANGKOK, TODAY (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    THE LAOTIAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER, GENERAL THAO MA, HAS STAGED A COUP D'ETAT IN SAVANNAKHET, IN SOUTHERN LAOS, ACCORDING TO REPORTS REACHING THE THAI CAPITAL, BANGKOK, TODAY (FRIDAY).

    THE REPORTS SAID THAT REBEL AIRCRAFT HAD BOMBED AND STRAFFED MILITARY AND CIVILIAN BUILDINGS IN VIENTIANNE, THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL, CAUSING HEAVY DAMAGE. FIERCE AIR BATTLES WERE ALSO REPORTED BETWEEN GENERAL MA'S AIRCRAFT AND UNITS LOYAL TO PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA'S GOVERNMENT.

    MEANWHILE, THAI ARMED FORCES IN UDORN AND UBON, ON THE LAOS BORDER, HAD BEEN FULLY ALERTED.

    DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GENERAL MA AND LAOTIAN ARMY LEADERS EARLIER THIS YEAR HALTED AIR FORCE BOMBING OF THE SUPPLY ROUTE THROUGH LAOS, BEING TO MOVE ARMS AND MEN FROM NORTH VIETNAM TO THE VIETCONG FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    THE REPORTED COUP CAME AT A TIME WHEN THE PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, WAS ON A TEN-DAY VISIT TO FRANCE. A MEMBER OF HIS STAFF SAID IN PARIS TODAY, THAT THE PRINCE WOULD RETURN HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HE WAS DUE TO HAVE TALKS WITH GENERAL DE GAULLE.

    THE LAST ATTEMPTED COUP IN WAS ON FEBRUARY 1ST, LAST YEAR BUT IT ONLY LASTED ABOUT 15 HOURS. IT WAS NOT REGARDED AS A SERIOUS THREAT TO PRINCE SOUVANNA'S GOVERNMENT.

    THEN IN MARCH LAST YEAR THERE WAS A BRIEF ARMY REVOLT IN THE MEKONG VALLEY TOWN OF THAKHEK, LED BY TWO ARMY COLONELS AND THE LOCAL CHIEF OF POLICE. THREE WEEKS LATER, SUPPORTERS OF EXILED RIGHT-WING GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN STAGED A MUTINY IN THE SAME REGION.

    AFTER THE MUTINIES, THE GOVERNMENT DECREED THAT ANY OFFICER LEADING A REVOLT WOULD BE EXECUTED IN FRONT OF HIS MEN WHEN CAPTURED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAOMGUF9WQA0BDRU1VXG3ZDLC1
    Media URN:
    VLVAAOMGUF9WQA0BDRU1VXG3ZDLC1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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