Laos. According to
CountryAAH, Vang Pao, former general and leader of the
CIA-backed Hmonggerilla who has fought the communist regime
in L. since the 1970s, was arrested in his home in
California by the U.S. police in June. Vang Pao, along with
nine other people, were accused of planning an armed coup
against the Vientiane regime. The ten should have accepted
an offer from FBI agents, dressed to gun dealers, to buy
weapons and explosives for nearly $ 10 million. According to
information from a California court, the ten planned to send
the weapons along with more than 1,200 mercenaries to the
Thai-Lao border to attack Vientiane from there.
The arrest of 77-year-old Vang Pao aroused upset feelings
in the approximately 100,000-man Hmong minority that now
lives in the United States. Within this group, Vang Pao is a
hero for his fight against communism in L. When Vang Pao's
hmonggerilla was defeated in 1975, the general went into
exile in Thailand, and later in the United States. In 1976,
he was sentenced to death in his absence by a Lao court.
Since 1975, the Hmong people in L. have been treated by
the regime as a hostile minority. They have been persecuted,
discriminated against and violations of their human rights
have been many over the years. Today, only a small,
scattered and isolated guerrilla group remains, most
struggling for survival in the jungle.
In July, Vang Pao was released on bail and then was
placed under house arrest in his home.
Laos - Vientiane
Vientiane, capital of Laos; 620,200 residents (2015). Vientiane is located on
Mekong's northern shore and is not only the country's center for administration,
industry, education and cultural life but also completely dominant in terms of
trade and transport.
Here, simpler consumer goods are made of metal, plastic and rubber, building
materials, foodstuffs and textile and tobacco products. Since 1994, the first
bridge over the Mekong, the Friendship Bridge, has been located in a suburb east
of Vientiane, which through Nong Khai on the Thai side provides connections
with, among other things. Bangkok.
The place has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the city is occupied
at least from the 8th century. From the 1350s, Vientiane belonged to the Laotian
kingdom of Lan Xang, whose capital it became in 1569. From 1707 it was the
center of its own kingdom. This was suppressed by Siam (Thailand) in 1777, and
in connection with a revolt in 1827 the city was destroyed. From 1893 to 1953
(with residence 1941-46), Vientiane was the seat of the French colonial