THAILAND: NEWSMEN VISIT THAMMASET UNIVERSITY WHERE 41 PEOPLE DIED IN FIGHTING JUST A FEW HOURS BEFORE MILITARY COUP.Record ID: 592732
- Title: THAILAND: NEWSMEN VISIT THAMMASET UNIVERSITY WHERE 41 PEOPLE DIED IN FIGHTING JUST A FEW HOURS BEFORE MILITARY COUP.
- Date: 15th October 1976
- Summary: 1. GV: damaged building at Thammaset university. 0.03 2. SV: rubbish on road outside university building. 0.08 3. SV PAN: heavy bloodstains on floor of university building TILT UP TO soldier 0.22 4. SV: troops on parade outside university buildings. 0.27 5. SV: troops clearing up rubbish on university campus. 0.37 6. GV: cleaners sweeping rubbish on campus ZOOM INTO anti-military government poster still hanging on university building. 0.43 7. S: troops and cleaners sweeping up rubbish on campus. 0.54 Thailand's Prime Minister - designate, Thanin Kraivichien, has said there will be no general elections in the country during the next four years. His statement was part of a "step-by-step" programme aimed at restoring democracy to Thailand in 16 years. Initials RH/JB/GL/1640 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 30th October 1976 12:00
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVA36LKUTOAUAKOGOPSX5WNRL8JN
- Story Text: Thailand's new military rulers put their capital, Bangkok, under an overnight curfew on Wednesday (13 October). The move came on the eve of the third anniversary of a mass uprising that ousted a former military regime. The present right-wing rulers took power a week earlier (6 October) after fighting in the Bangkok's Thammaset University between left-wing students ranged against police and right-wing crowds.
SYNOPSIS: The damaged buildings of the university are a reminder of last week's violence. Left-wing students at the university had been demonstrating against the return to Thailand of former military leader Thanom Kittikachorn. A crowd gathered outside the Thammaset campus and were angered at the mock hanging of a student, said to resemble Prince Vajiralongkorn. Fighting broke out when the right-wing crowd surged onto the campus. Lynching and burning followed, in which 41 people died.
The university was still closed by Wednesday. Work has begun to clear up the rubbish and the debris. But it may be some time before students are allowed back on to the campus. More than 600 students arrested during last week's fighting were still under military detention.
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