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Thailand, 1976

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Thailand is descending into some sort of chaos again recently, it seems. I may be just ignorant, i don’t understand what pouring human blood on the government buildings accomplishes but it seems very gruesome and medieval. Since its transition into democracy in 1932, there had been 18 coup d’etats and nearly 60 prime ministerial administrations in Thailand. Yet, compared to its neighbors it is pretty democratic and stable. Sir Humphrey would have called it ‘unstable sort of stability’ I guess.

No other period in its history had been as tumultuous as the 70s. In 1973, Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn and his cadre who ruled for much of the 1960s and early 1970s were ousted by a student-led uprising. In 1976, Thanom decided to return to Thailand as a monk in a controversial act widely protested by the students. Thanks to partisans accusing student movements of being communist, the protests turned ugly. At least 46 student protesters are killed and hundreds more are wounded by the police and army which turned violent and staged its own coup.

One iconic picture to come out of this conflict was the above, taken by Neal Ulevich for AP. A leftist student was so angry that he was striking the lifeless body of a hanged student outside the Thammasat University in this Oct. 6, 1976 photo. (At least 15 persons were killed when police stormed the campus where students barricaded themselves in). Ulevich won the Pulitzer and World Press Photo Award for the photo, and he reflects on the irony: “When I won the Pulitzer, the Bangkok papers noted it on page one. They were very proud that a photographer from Bangkok had won the Pulitzer. They didn’t show the pictures.”

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

April 2, 2010 at 8:36 am

Posted in Politics, Society

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  1. Very disturbing… Human to the extreme. 😦


    April 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

  2. i guess the student hanging is the leftist one .. the one beating is the right wing …


    April 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    • I have looked at so many of these gruesome photos and cannot believe how man are worse than animals,how barbaric we can be….extinction of humans=end of wars and conflicts,and hunger etc…


      April 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

  3. wow, ironic, I dont like that



    May 8, 2010 at 12:56 am

  4. The student, shown hanging, had been protesting against Thailand’s military dictatorship. He was hung by a right-wing mob reacting to a rumor that leftist students had threatened Thailand’s royal family and were planning a communist takeover of the country.

    A day earlier, the Bangkok Post had run a photo of students at Thammasat University engaged in a street-theater protest. They were hanging an effigy, which some readers had mistaken for Thailand’s crown prince.

    This touched of a frenzy and the students were subsequently attacked by an angry mob. Several students were hung as a measure of revenge against their alleged mock-hanging of the prince.

    After that, Bangkok’s newspapers were very careful not to incite further violence by running photos of the students who had been hung by the angry mob.

    Scot D

    October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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