Tag Archives: 6 October 1976

Assessing the king after the funeral

In an article we should have commented on earlier, authors at Foreign Policy look at the monarchy’s future. Like many of the accounts following the dead king’s funeral, there’s a ridiculous glorification of the deceased king in order to show the new king in a poor light. This devise is unnecessary and devoid of any […]

Waking up to military dictatorship

Thailand has been a military dictatorship since May 2014. If The Dictator has his way, the military and the current junta will be in power, directly or through proxies and clones, for another 16 years. It needs to be recalled that this has happened before. Following the massacre of students at Thammasat University on 6 […]

Updated: 6 October and dictatorship

A few days ago PPT post about the new website has been launched from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science, to establish and maintain an archive about the massacre of 6 October 1976. On this day in 1976, royalists and rightists were mobilized with and by the police and military in a massacre of students […]

The 6 October website

As reported at Prachatai, a new website has been launched from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science, to establish and maintain an archive about the massacre of 6 October 1976. That horrid massacre, mainly of students gathered at Thammasat University, was led by police, ultra-royalist rightists and the military. The massacre and the military coup […]

Making a cruel point

The 6 October 1976 massacre was one of the Thai military’s periodic interventions in politics that saw many citizens murdered and arrested. While the numbers killed total in the 40s for official counts, but perhaps 10 times this in reality. This massacre was particularly brutal, with civilians being raped, burned alive, lynched, dismembered and tortured. […]

Remembering 6 October after 40 years

40 years after the massacre at Thammasat University, and Thailand is again under a under the boot of a military dictatorship. The 6 October 1976 attack on students and supporters by rightist and royalist vigilantes was supported and promoted by elements in the police, military and palace. Each year we post on this day, remembering […]

Chinese flunkies or anti-democratic sloths?

Thai authorities have detained and will or have deported Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong. Prachatai reports that Wong was detained “at the request of the Chinese government” in the “early hours on 5 October 2016…”. The report states that Wong “was invited to the faculty of political science, Chulakongkorn university, to give a talk […]