• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Thailand's Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda returned to bangkok on Saturday (4 April) and immediately held a meeting with senior army officers who helped recapture the city from a group of dissident military officers.

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    SV (NIGHT EXTERIOR) General Sant walking, talks to pressmen (3 shots)
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    SV Flag flying, PULL OUT TO building and army vehicles GV vehicles and barricades (2 shots)
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    GV Tanks on side of road
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    4.
    GV Barricades with troops
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    5.
    GV Civilians passing through barricade
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    GV EXTERIOR Second army club house
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    GV Army officers entering building
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    GV Army officers entering building
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    9.
    GV Officers signing register book (3 shots)
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    10.
    Gv People through doorway SV guard on duty
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    11.
    GV Cabinet members and officers after meeting
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    12.
    GV Cabinet member surrounded by pressmen
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: Thailand's Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda returned to bangkok on Saturday (4 April) and immediately held a meeting with senior army officers who helped recapture the city from a group of dissident military officers. General Prem had been in Korat, in North East Thailand, where he organised the recapture of the capital. His loyalists troops met little resistance from the rebels.

    SYNOPSIS: The leader of the rebellion, General Sant Chitpatima, who was also deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army, left Bangkok at night, shortly before the Government troops gained complete control, He was reported to be heading for southern Thailand, where he led the Fourth Army for several years. During the coup, the atmosphere around the heavily guarded rebel head-quarters in Bangkok was calm but tense. As the coup fizzled out, several rebel battalions returned to their barracks while others gave in to loyalists troops.

    When the coup began, General Prem left Bangkok with the King and Royal Family for Korat, his original power base. It was there at the Second Army's headquarters, that he and members of the Thai cabinet met with loyalist Army Officers to plan moves to regain the country's stability in the wake of the coup.

    The collapse of the rebellion left the Thai prime Minister in a stronger political position than he enjoyed before. However, broadcasting to the nation he stressed a desire for reconciliation rather than revenge.

    General Prem's leadership during last month's cabinet crisis, leading to the collapse of his first coalition government, had seriously undermined his authority. But there was wide public life at his swift suppression of the rebellion.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACYECLKDL53ZQA8XQM27255PF4
    Media URN:
    VLVACYECLKDL53ZQA8XQM27255PF4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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