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    In Laos, where the Communist Pathet Lao took power last year with much less bloodshed than in neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia, the re-education programme is taking a different form.

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    In Laos, where the Communist Pathet Lao took power last year with much less bloodshed than in neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia, the re-education programme is taking a different form.

    SYNOPSIS: In the capital Vientiane, almost everyone, from soldiers to Buddhist monks, is undergoing some re-education. But unlike neighbouring Cambodia, the Buddhist religion is still tolerated. For Buddhism is particularly well rooted in Laos, where there is a temple in every village and Vientiane and Luang Prabang are known as "the cities of a thousand temples".

    In March the ruling Pathet Lao launched a vigorous attack on Catholicism, saying it inspired a "depraved western lifestyle". The Catholic population of Laos was mainly established during the years of French rule which ended in 1949. However, Buddhist monks are allowed to continue their age-old custom of collecting alms from the faithful and apart from Buddhism's much deeper ties with Laotian people, the main reason the religion is still thriving is because many leading Buddhists opposed the former right-wing government.

    The anti-Communist Lao People's revolutionary Front is active in the country and there is the real possibility of a mass migration to Thailand by people of the country's central plains, if conditions don't improve. So there is probably a feeling amongst the Pathet Lao leaders that with their re-education policy at such a critical phase, they need all the friends they can get at the moment - even Buddhist monks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACHUH6W8DN7Z4R99JDEIX6IMPV
    Media URN:
    VLVACHUH6W8DN7Z4R99JDEIX6IMPV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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