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    VARIOUS, THAI/MALAYSIA BORDER

    INTRODUCTION: A recent wave of violence in Thailand and Malaysia has led to the murder and kidnapping of members of parliament, government officials and businessmen in both countries.Two separate groups are blamed for the attacks.Thai security officials blame guerrillas of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) and Moslem rebels fighting for a separate state.The trouble in Malaysia is said to come from the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

  • Description

    VARIOUS, THAI/MALAYSIA BORDER

    TOP VIEW Army checkpoint Betong, Thai/Malay border. 0.06
    GV Checkpoint. 0.08
    SV Gates at Betong. And Thai border signpost. (2 SHOTS) 0.11
    GV Troops patrol on foot. (4 SHOTS) 0.32
    TRACKING Malaysian army camp. (2 SHOTS) 0.38
    GV PULL BACK Border look out post and minefield sign. 0.45
    GV Army manning roadblock. Thai. (2 SHOTS) 0.50
    GV Thai troops search van. Van moves off. (3 SHOTS) 1.21
    GV Soldier checks car which then moves off. 1.35
    CU, SV PAN Damage cause by accidental Malay shelling. (3 SHOTS) 1.46
    GV Mosque in Betong. (2 SHOTS) 1.53
    GV Shoes left on steps of mosque. 1.54
    GV People at prayer INTERIOR. (4 SHOTS) 2.06
    GV First class hotels Haadyai. (3 SHOTS) 2.16
    GV INT Empty hotel bar. (2 SHOTS) 2.28
    GV Intercontinental hotel, TILT DOWN deserted swimming pool. 2.33

    Background: VARIOUS, THAI/MALAYSIA BORDER

    INTRODUCTION: A recent wave of violence in Thailand and Malaysia has led to the murder and kidnapping of members of parliament, government officials and businessmen in both countries.Two separate groups are blamed for the attacks.Thai security officials blame guerrillas of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) and Moslem rebels fighting for a separate state.The trouble in Malaysia is said to come from the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

    SYNOPSIS: This Army checkpoint at Betong on the Thai/Malaysian frontier is part of the combined police and military effort aimed at combatting the increased insurgent activities on both sides of the border.More than 500 members of Thailand's security forces died in border fighting last year and officials four casualties could be as heavy this year.An estimated 10,000 communist guerrillas have stretched the resources of troops and police to the limit.

    Malaysian troops are also involved in operations around Betong against an estimated 3,000 guerrillas from the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

    In Thailand's southern provinces, near Malaysia, Moslem rebels are campaigning for self-rule.The Thai forces held the rebels responsible for the killing of government officials and some villagers.They are also looking for clues to the whereabouts of businessmen and teachers, said to be kidnap victims of the rebels.In August several thousand ethnic Chinese living in Betong staged a demonstration against the increase in violence.They say about 100 members of their community have been killed by Moslems this year.

    The Thai security forces are battling to assert authority over about 900 villages in the three regions threatened by the guerrillas.The government claims that its 'village defence and development programme' is working.

    As in any conflict, things do go wrong and this area bears the scars of damage caused by accidental Malaysian shelling.

    The Muslim separatist movement is known as Pulo.It operates in southern Thailand and is campaigning to have the country's three most southern provinces formed into autonomous Islamic states.This mosque is located at Pattani, in the heart of rebel Muslim country.

    A side-effect of the fighting has been the effect on Thailand's tourist trade.Haadyai was once the tourist capital of the south.But many visitors have been frightened off by the murders and kidnappings.Once a thriving centre attracting thousands of tourists from Malaysia and other areas to its first class hotels and well stocked black markets, Haadyai has become a victim of the guerrilla war.

    Source: REUTERS - GARY BURNS

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARKED3J0G0U1ZTY8CBI21L56X
    Media URN:
    VLVAARKED3J0G0U1ZTY8CBI21L56X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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