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> Oct. 6, 1976, is a date that still haunts the government and people of Thailand. On it, state forces massacred scores of student activists on the lawn of Bangkok’s Thammasat University.
> The campus had been occupied by leftist student demonstrators who opposed the return to Thailand of a former dictator. The military and arch royalists accused them of being antimonarchical communists, and the military, police and right-wing paramilitary forces had Thammasat surrounded.
> With thousands of students under siege, authorities opened fire onto the campus with M-16s, recoilless rifles and grenades. For several hours, these forces — later joined by vigilantes — shot, beat, raped and murdered unarmed students, some as they tried to either flee or surrender. The chaos was used to justify a military coup later that same day.
The above picture is taken by Neal Ulevich, which won Pultizer Price in 1977.
To see middle school aged ( and younger) kids laughing and smiling at this is extremely eerie.
Have you seen the music video on YouTube from Rap Against Democracy? It features this event; very powerful.
Surreal. Humans are so violent, it’s frightening.
This person is probably still alive. Wonder what he thinks seeing this
Bizarre. I’m wondering how the student went up there. Was he carried by the mob and hanged?
Seeing smiles in the crowd in the background may just be even more disturbing
Why was he beating a corpse? I read the context and still don’t understand the corpse beating.
So was the hanged guy a protestor and the people watching were against the protests? Or was the hanged guy a police officer?
There are faces of disgust and delight, so many people so many differences
The picture was also used on the Dead Kennedys album: "Holiday Inn Cambodia"
Historically there are lots of these kinds of pics around. You find students, or African Americans or strikers who have been killed and when the deed is done some "brave" soul or souls comes up and desecrates, for the entertainment of a willing crowd, the corpse of the person who can’t fight them back. Lynching comes to mind. Aren’t we a great species?