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Thailand – Activist Urges Textbooks To Include ‘Oct 6 Massacre’

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Via: Khaosod English

A prominent activist has called for the inclusion of the brutal 1976 crackdown on student activists in school textbooks in order to teach the younger generation of Thais about one of the darkest episodes of Thailand′s political history.

Mr. Jaran Dittapichai was speaking after a memorial service, which Mr. Jaran along with other activists ad helped organise, held at Thammasat University to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the crackdown.

Dubbed the ′October 6 Massacre′, the incident saw right-wing militias and heavily-armed police force laying siege and later storming into Thammasat University where thousands of students were rallying for an overnight political protest.

The students, branded as Communists or North Vietnamese by the attackers, were accused of plotting to overthrow the monarchy.

Official sources listed 46 deaths in the attacks; many suffered gunshot wounds while some others were hanged or burned alive by cheering mobs just outside the university.

It proved to be an end to the triumph of the student activists who had led the ouster of military dictators in October 1973. A military coup followed the massacre at Thammasat University on 6 October 1976, and the subsequent government effectively reversed the political freedom that had blossomed in the country for three years.

Mr. Jaran, who was one of the leading student activists in the 1970s, said the October 6 Massacre shows how “Thai democracy is always crushed under the boots whenever it has signs of flourishing. That is why it is not going anywhere up to this day”.
He lamented that it is difficult for the lessons from October 14 Uprising and October 6 Massacre to be learned by the public, as Thailand has not yet concluded or studied the incidents in serious ways.

http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newsonline.php?newsid=TVRNNE1URTBPVFF5TkE9PQ%3D%3D&sectionid=TURNd01BPT0%3D

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