While the Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Seni Pramoj, was resigning and taking his job?
GV THANOM WALKING DOWN STREET WITH BEGGING BOWL
SV THANOM RECEIVING FOOD FROM CHILDREN
SV POLICE WATCHING
GV THANOM WALKING BAREFOOT ALONG BANGKOK STREET
SCU MAN GIVING FOOD TO THANOM WATCHED BY OFFICIALS (2 SHOTS)
GV THANOM RETURNING TO TEMPLE FOLLOWED BY OTHER MONKS, POLICE, SECURITY GUARDS AND NEWSMEN
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Background: While the Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Seni Pramoj, was resigning and taking his job back again, the cause of his present troubles, field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, walked through the streets of Bangkok begging for food.
The former Thai military leader has been fulfilling his monastic obligations as a Buddhist monk, including the ritual of begging for his daily food.
However, unlike other monks, he is constantly followed by a cordon of police and guards as well as newsmen and photographers.
The Field Marshal said he had returned to Thailand from exile to become a monk in order to "earn merit" for his ailing father. He emphasised that he would not become involved in politics.
However, his presence in Bangkok brought sharp criticism from left wing leaders.As a result of he criticism the Prime Minister resigned but was later persuaded to take back his post.