The Laotian Administrative capital of Vientiane reacted in typical Laotian way to the crisis now threatening the country.....
PAN SHOT..Of spectators on river bank.
MS Masked man in boat.
MLS Paratroopers among crowd.
MLS Captain Kong Lae among guests.
MLS Military boat cruising around.
LS Start of race.
LS Buddhist monks among crowd.
LS Winner boat.
LS Capsized boat - men being rescued.
SPORT: BOAT RACING
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Background: The Laotian Administrative capital of Vientiane reacted in typical Laotian way to the crisis now threatening the country..... it held a boat race.
Boats, manned by scores of expert oarsmen, raced in the Mekong River, the natural frontier between Laos Thailand.
A note of disharmony at the function was the presence of a motor boat, with paratroopers aboard, which cruised around the area. There were armed paratroopers among the crowd too .. just in case.
Centre of attraction among the hundreds of guests was indeed Captain Kong Lae, the dimunitive paratroop officer who master-minded the August coup which brought to power a neutralist government headed by Prince Souvanna Phouma.
Buddhist priests among the crowd emphasized the spiritual aspects of Laotian life, where the monk is an important pillar of society.
A deceptive calm prevailed over the Mekong, which since the crisis started, is dotted with defense and lookout posts.