PROPAGANDA IN VIENTIANE REGARDING THE ATTACK ON PHOU PHA THI, SITE 85 IN HOUA P

Created: 3/16/1968

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SUBJECT* PROPAGANDA IN VIENTIANE REGARDING THE

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ON8 COLONEL SOTH PHETRASY, THE NEO LAO MAX SAT REPRESENTATIVE IN VIENTIANE, COMMENTED THAT DURING THE ACTION AT PHOU PHA THI THE PRO-LAO DEFENDERSASUALTIES AND THAT AMONG THEN. VEREMERICANS AND MORE THAN |B8 THAIS

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TROOPS AT PHOU PHA THI HAD BEE9 MEOS. ONLYF THE DEFENDERS WERE LAO. (FIELD COMMENT I SOTH'S STATEMENTS WERF NEATLY EXAGGERATED AND HAH HO BASIS IN FACTTHE ONLY STATEMENT APPROACHING THE TRUTH IS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE DEFENDERS WERE MEOS. Al ACCOUNT BROADCAST FRPR PEXING BY THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY INTERNATIONAL SERVICE IN ENGLISH ONARCH CLAIMED THAT OVERNEMY YROOPS WERE WIPED OUT IN THE PHOU PHA THI AREA AND THAT AMONG THESE WEREMERICAN ADVISORS.)

2. ONATHET LAO SOLDIER ATLAO HAX SAT INSTALLATION SAID THATLAO VERE ABLE TO CAPTURE PHOU PHA THIMARCH (SIC) IN AN HOUR BECAUSE THEY HADOF PEOPLE WHO REALLY HATED THE (FIELD COMMENT I THE PATHET LAO DIDTO THE TRUE IDENTITY OF THE ATTACKINGVAS NORTH VIETNAMESE.) THE SAME 'OLDIERLAO ARMED FORCES UNITS CANNOT ENTERairr thcVIENTIANE. THE

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PAIHEJ^LAO BELIEVED THAT they cai ALSO CTTPTWE. VIENTIANE IN LESS THAN ONE hour. there MOULD be NO .(

problem ir thet had the support or the people they

were COUNTING on. VIENTIANE IS SMALLER THAN DIENIM PHOU. BIT THE PATKST lao DID NOT VANT to see BLOODSHED

IN VIENTIANE. VHEN TINE CAME thc PATHET LAO WOULD be ABLE TO CAPTURE VIENTIANE withouthot.

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