Introduction: March 22 is a significant day in the history of Laos when all citizens celebrate the fruits of the country’s triumphant struggle to liberate the country under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. We proudly present the special story on “History of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party”
Story: This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party after it was established on March 22, 1955. The Party is the backbone of the country’s entire political system and represents the interests of people from all walks of life. It formulates policies on national development in all areas. Laos now enjoys independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity after hundreds of years of fighting for full sovereignty.
Today, multi-ethnic groups have ownership of the country and recognise the great success of the Party leadership in repelling invading enemies and fighting for national independence.
Long before the Party was founded, French colonialists occupied the Indochina countries of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in 1893. In Laos, the people were heavily oppressed by the French. But they refused to be enslaved and a large number of people rose up to fight for liberty and shake off the yoke of the French aggressors.
The situation in Cambodia and Vietnam was similar and the citizens of these two countries faced the same difficulties and took up arms against their common enemy. In 1911, President Ho Chi Minh, who used the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc, made the decision to leave Vietnam and visit other continents to study world movements in order to seek ways to liberate his country.
He was assigned by the international Communist Party to establish the Indochina Communist Party, which he founded in 1930. Led by President Ho Chi Minh, the movement began its struggle on behalf of the people of Indochina.
In Laos, the Phak Khaen Lao (Lao Party of Lao Territory) was founded on Xingxou Island in Vientiane in 1934. With the Party spearheading the resistance movement, the Lao people gained victory step by step.
The Party gave the Lao revolutionaries a new impetus and direction in their fight against the French.
The Phak Khaen Lao was decisive in leading people across the country to rise up and seize power from the Japanese fascists and French colonialists, culminating in the proclamation of Laos’ independence on October 12, 1945.
The Party gained in strength and supported the efforts of the armed forces and economic and political grassroots to protect Huaphan and Phongsaly provinces. At the same time the Party accelerated the political struggle in 10 provinces to nullify the tactics of the neo-colonialists, who sought to quash the revolutionary forces. This led to the signing of the Vientiane Agreement in 1957, when the first national coalition was formed in an alliance with the Patriotic Front.
Finally, in September 1975, proclamations were made across the country declaring the erasure of all the old administrations. On December 2 of that year the Party officially established the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
Source: Propaganda and Training Board of the Party Central Committee
60th anniversary of the establishment of the LPRP
The longevity of prestigious Lao People’s Revolutionary Party! The March 22nd marks the 60th founding anniversary of the LPRP, We, warmly welcome and congratulation to such a remarkable anniversary
Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on March 17, 2015