09 Feb '12, 5am

Ghosts of a Massacre « The Straits Times Blogs

By Nirmal Ghosh Thailand Correspondent [email protected] Sitting under the broad ficus tree at Thammasat University's campus in historic Bangkok, it is difficult to imagine the stomach-churning violence that engulfed the university in 1976 – the year I began university in Kolkata. It was a vastly different world then; the Vietnam war had just officially ended but the Cold War was still very much on. There was no such thing as cable TV; in many countries there was no such thing as TV. It was still the era of the radio. On Oct 6 that year, military and police units and righ- wing mobs savagely attacked several thousand left-wing students protesting the return to Thailand of Thanom Kittikachorn, the military dictator ousted in a massive uprising in 1973. There is video footage online from that day. The official death toll remains 46. The real death toll is widely suspected to...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2012/02/09/ghosts-of-a-mass...

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