• Short Summary

    Thousands of insurgents, who either surrendered or were captured by government forces following the short but violent attempted revolution last April, are being rehabilitated in work camps around Ceylon.

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    LV Prison.
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    SV PAN .. down entrance, guards outside.
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    SV Insurgents digging & clearing trees.
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    CU Insurgents take shower.
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    SV Guard supervises irrigation work.
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    SV Insurgents building hut.
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    SV Insurgent sewing clothes.
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    SV Insurgents play checker game.
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    CU Insurgent shaving another.
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    LV Wall of prison as guard walks away.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Thousands of insurgents, who either surrendered or were captured by government forces following the short but violent attempted revolution last April, are being rehabilitated in work camps around Ceylon. According to the Ceylon Government, the life of the island is back to normal.

    Five hundred of the young revolutionaries -- many are 14 years old, end most are high school students -- are at Anuradhapura in Central Ceylon. They have been put to work in the hope that this will enable them to return to the community to lead a peaceful and industrious life. But when they are released they will face the same problems which caused them to rebel -- a stagnant economy with too few jobs, especially for university graduates.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of young insurgents who either surrendered or were captured by government forces in Ceylon last April following a short but bloody revolt, are being kept in special work camps around the island. They've been put to work in the hope that this will enable them to return back to a normal and industrious life.

    The Ceylon Government now says that the situation is back to normal. But, according to the Prime Minister, Mrs. Bandaranaike, 14,000 insurgents are still in captivity.

    The work camps are scattered all over Ceylon. Five hundred insurgents are kept in this one in Anuradhapura in Central Ceylon. The rebels are mostly high school students who were led by a few priests, teachers and graduates. At first the Government was unconcerned at the existence of the People's Liberation Front, seeing it as a healthy manifestation of active democracy among the young. But on April the fourth, members of the movement attacked two police stations, and the following day a full scale revolt broke out. Only with the aid of arms from Britain, America, the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union could the Government put down the revolt. But when these people are released, they face the same problems as caused them to revolt before -- a stagnant economy, and few jobs for graduates.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAES0H0XFZHCAN1HYBCL5X8D12E
    Media URN:
    VLVAES0H0XFZHCAN1HYBCL5X8D12E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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