• Short Summary

    In an anti-rightwing revolt, about one thousand airmen at Vientiane in Laos have ousted their commander in support of the Pathet Lao.

  • Description

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    GV Armed policemen outside airforce headquarters, Vientiane
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    2.
    SV Police talking to armed Pathet Lao soldiers
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    3.
    SV Locals on roadside
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    4.
    SV Pathet Lao army lorry passing through street
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    5.
    SV Armed soldiers outside entrance to air field (3 shots)
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    GV Airport workers sitting on fence
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    SV ZOOM OUT FROM Pathet Lao aircraft under-going repairs (3 shots)
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    GV PAN Pathet Lao helicopters and technicians working on engines (3 shots)
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In an anti-rightwing revolt, about one thousand airmen at Vientiane in Laos have ousted their commander in support of the Pathet Lao.

    The Commander of the Royal Lao Air Force, Brigadier General Bouathong Phothivongsa, was pushed out of his post on Friday (May 16).

    This move could help further strengthen the hold of the pro-Communist Pathet Lao on the country. More resignations from rightwing officials are likely to follow.

    The airmen started demonstrating before dawn on Friday, calling for their commander's removal. They handed out leaflets to passer-by, accusing the Commander or ordering the bombing of Pathet Lao areas in defiance of the 1973 ceasefire.

    A few hours later, the Brigadier handed in his resignation, yielding one of the last few remaining positions of influence held by the once-powerful rightwing laotians.

    The main rightwing strength was broken a week before by the resignation of four members of the coalition Government.

    The Pathet Lao is insisting, however, that it intends to abide by the 1973 Peace Agreement in which power in the Cabinet in Laos in delicately balanced between five rightwingers, five Pathet Lao and two neutralists.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAQFBHI24K07MT5AJAIQXZW7X2
    Media URN:
    VLVAAQFBHI24K07MT5AJAIQXZW7X2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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