Thailand: Slap Against the Reds

Like neighboring Viet Nam, Thailand has been waging a long, lacerating war against Communist guerrillas. To combat some 1,800 terrorists operating in the country's 15 Northeastern provinces, Premier Thanom Kittikachorn's government has sent 15,000 troops and civilian volunteers into the area. But last week it was the Thai security police who struck at the very power center of the insurgency. In a predawn roundup, they arrested 33 of the country's top Communist leaders, including twelve Central Committee members of the outlawed Communist Party of Thailand.

The prize catch was 45-year-old Thong Jamsri,...

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