Memories of murderous military must be mute I

8 10 2015

Prachatai gets the date wrong year, but the point of the story is clear: many in the military doesn’t want people remembering the rightist and military murder of students on 6 October 1976.

There was a small memorial of the massacre earlier this week and now “[m]ilitary officers summoned university students in northern Thailand for a discussion after they commemorated the 1973 [sic. 1976] student massacre, saying that the event was political incitement.”

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights report that military officers from the 37th Army Division in Chiang Rai “contacted Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, requesting to have words with all the students who commemorated the 1973 [sic. 1976] student massacre.”

The students agreed to send two representatives and Thichanon Pitakpracha and Somchai Kuwattanasakul went to the military base. “The officers asked in detail about the reasons why they decided to commemorate the 1973 [sic. 1976] student massacre and if the group has links with the anti-junta student activist groups in Bangkok and in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.”

The officers considered “certain messages that which attached on a board with post-its during the event to commemorate the student massacre on Tuesday morning are political incitements.”

The students were allowed to leave after being told their activities would be monitored.


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14 10 2015
Memories of murderous military must be mute II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] violence but it can try to prevent public memorialization of those murdered by the military. In an earlier post, we commented on this erasure of public memorialization for the 6 October 1976 […]

14 10 2015
Memories of murderous military must be mute II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] violence but it can try to prevent public memorialization of those murdered by the military. In an earlier post, we commented on this erasure of public memorialization for the 6 October 1976 […]