• Short Summary

    POLICE AND PARA-MILITARY TROOPS LED BY RIGHT-WING GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN ATTEMPTED A COUP D'ETAT ON FEBRUARY 1ST.

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    POLICE AND PARA-MILITARY TROOPS LED BY RIGHT-WING GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN ATTEMPTED A COUP D'ETAT ON FEBRUARY 1ST.ON WEDNESDAY, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT BY THE RIGHT-WING TROOPS TO TAKE OVER THE CAPITAL, VIENTIANE.A SERIES OF SHORT STREET BATTLES CAUSED DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE CITY: THE NEXT DAY THE CITIZENS COUNTED THE COST OF THE ATTEMPT TO SEIZE POWER.

    FIGHTING IN THE CITY STREETS BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY WHEN SOLDIERS LED BY THE LOYALIST GENERAL ABHAY SET UP MACHINE-GUNS WHICH RAKED THE POLICE STATION STANDING IN THE CITY CENTRE.MORTARS AND RIFLES JOINED THE MACHINE GUNS IN SHOOTING AT THE PUBLIC.

    MEANWHILE, HEAVY FIGHTING WAS GOING ON BETWEEN THE POLICE AND GOVERNMENT PARATROOPERS NEAR THE ELECTRICITY STATION.ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF VIENTIANE THE POLICE COMMANDER SUPPORTING THE RIGHT-WING GENERAL NOSAVAN SET UP ATTACKING POSITIONS IN A GROVE.BUT ARTILLERY FIRE FORCED THESE UNITS TO RETURE.THEY HURRIED AWAY THROUGH OPEN PADDY FIELDS AND THEIR LEADERS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE COMMANDEERED VEHICLES TO FLEE.

    AT 9 P.M.ALL WAS OVER - EXCEPT THAT JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT AN ENORMOUS EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE RADIO LAOS TRANSMITTERS WERE DYNAMITED.

    MILITARY SOURCES ESTIMATE THAT TOTAL DEAD AT 60, WITH MANY MORE WOUNDED.HALF OF VIENTIANE'S SHOPS OPENED FOR BUSINESS THE NEXT DAY AND TRAFFIC MOVED DESPITE FUEL SHORTAGES.THOUSANDS OF LAOTIANS FLED DURING THE DAYS OF THE COUP ATTEMPT TO NEIGHBOURING THAILAND.THOSE HOSTILE TO THE REGIME WERE AMONG THE PRISONERS TAKEN TO CENTRES WATCHED OVER BY ARMED GUARDS.ELSEWHERE IN VIENTIANE CLEANING-UP OPERATIONS BEGAN - AT EMBASSIES AND HUMBLE HOMES WRECKED BY INDISCRIMINATE SHELLING AND SHOOTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADJ4DUJDD2BWZ8MCYIY8WNXRZ5
    Media URN:
    VLVADJ4DUJDD2BWZ8MCYIY8WNXRZ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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