In this Oct 6, 2016 photo, banners explain what happened at the blood-soaked crackdown four decades ago. Krit Promsaka na Sakolnakorn This Wednesday will be the 45th anniversary of the “October 6 incident”, one of the darkest days in contemporary Thai history. Some lessons from the incident have yet to be learned. It was a tragic day when innocent students and ordinary people, besieged inside Thammasat University, were brutally killed, lynched or assaulted by their fellow citizens, apparently consumed by madness and savagery after being brainwashed by the army-run Yankroh radio station, blaring hateful rhetoric into their eardrums all day and night before the bloodshed on Oct 6, 1976. Many among us who are in now in our 60s or over knew something about the killings by the right-wing mob on that fateful day and the players involved in the brutal crackdown. Among them are border patrol policemen, metropolitan police, village scouts, the Nawapon and the Red Guar thugs. But little was known about the behind-the-scenes key players who plotted and ordered the brutal crackdown of the students who were branded communists bent on destroying the monarchy by the right-wing propaganda machine. State officials then and now are reluctant to talk… Read full this story
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