INTRODUCTION: A Vietnamese-backed regime has ruled Kampuchea since the 1978 Vietnamese invasion, which deposed Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.
GV Guerillas on assault course. (2 SHOTS)
GV Guerrilla presents arms with sub machine gun.
CU Military school KPNLF sign PULL BACK TO GV OF soldiers on parade.
SV Guerilla commanders inspecting ranks.
SV Girls doing traditional dancing. (5 SHOTS)
CU Oriental anti-tank shells PULL BACK TO SV OF shells and soldiers.
SV Soldiers doing loading exercises with anti-tank gun. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A Vietnamese-backed regime has ruled Kampuchea since the 1978 Vietnamese invasion, which deposed Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. Over the past three years, resistance groups have waged a guerrilla war, hoping their military presence will bring about the removal of the present government. The guerrillas are mainly backed by China. They carry out training in camps similar to this one near Son Sann in north-western Kampuchea.
SYNOPSIS: This is a Field Commander's training course. The men are hand-picked as future guerrilla leaders of the Khmer People's National Liberation Front. Their leader is Son an, a former Prime Minister of Kampuchea who has an estimated three thousand armed supporters. They are said to be fighting to try and install a form of Western democracy in the country. However,they are vastly outnumbered by 200,000 Vietnamese troops in Kampuchea. On a recent trip to the United States, Son San said he wanted to increase his army to 30,000 members.
The aim of this training school is to prepare its graduates for a "war of attrition" against the occupying forces. Emphasis is also placed on winning the support of the Khmer people. Son San has gathered support already amongst expatriate refugees.
The guerrillas claim to control a string of newly established villages near the Thai border, which have a total population of 80,000. Attempts are being made to establish a normal way of life in the border villages by encouraging people to stay and bring in other supporters. Son San has asked America for funds to provide food and medicine for villagers loyal to his causes.
China has made at least one arms shipment to the Khmer People's National Liberation Front. Sixty-nine year-old Son San returned from exile in Paris two years ago to the jungles of western Kampuchea. He joined his two sons who were already organising resistance to the Vietnamese and helping displaced people.