- Title: THAILAND: THANOM BEGS FOR FOOD
- Date: 24th September 1976
- Summary: 1. GV THANOM WALKING DOWN STREET WITH BEGGING BOWL 3 ft 2. SV THANOM RECEIVING FOOD FROM CHILDREN 12 ft 3. SV POLICE WATCHING 13 ft 4. GV THANOM WALKING BAREFOOT ALONG BANGKOK STREET 16 ft 5. SCU MAN GIVING FOOD TO THANOM WATCHED BY OFFICIALS (2 SHOTS) 23 ft 6. GV THANOM RETURNING TO TEMPLE FOLLOWED BY OTHER MONKS, POLICE, SECURITY GUARDS AND NEWSMEN 29 ft Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th October 1976 13:00
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVAC1RAIBP5RPSEQ436I96NTQ0CE
- Story Text: 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.
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