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In a recent interview on CNN, Thailand’s new PM Samak Sundaravej, seemed to dismiss questions about the well publicised massacre of students on October 6th, 1976 as being something trivial that didn’t result in more than one death. Officially nearly 50 people were killed, the reality is quite probably a great deal higher.

Samak was Deputy Interior Minister at the time and is well known for having a hand in the massacre and attempts to gag the press. For anyone who doesn’t know what this is all about in a nut shell: the dictator Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn was in temporary exile in Singapore for his years of plundering from Thailand and for slaughtering hundreds of innocent pro-democracy demonstrators in 1973. Samak was sent to Singapore to persuade Kittikachorn to return to Thailand, as was the wish of the king, and he was guaranteed it would be safe to come back and that all was forgiven. Protests against his return were put down with force, leading to many deaths.

All politicians involved went on to further their careers, including Samak who also had a hand in General Suchinda’s bloody slaughter of pro-democracy students.


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