Military summons students commemorating 1973 student massacre

Military summons students commemorating 1973 student massacre

Military officers summoned university students in northern Thailand for a discussion after they commemorated the 1973 student massacre, saying that the event was a political incitement.

According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the military officers from 37th Army Division of the northern province of Chiang Rai on Tuesday, 6 October 2015, contacted Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, requesting to have words with all the students who commemorated the 1973 student massacre.

The officers asked the university staffs to inform the students to come for a discussion at the 37th Army Division Base of the province on Wednesday. Through negotiation, the students told the officers that two representatives from the group would go see the officers.

At 9:30 am, Thichanon Pitakpracha and Somchai Kuwattanasakul, the two representatives from the group, went to the military base to meet the officers.

They reported that at the base the Deputy Commander of the 37th Army Division, 3-4 other military officers, and a policeman were present during the talk.

The officers asked in details about the reasons as to why they decided to commemorate the 1973 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 two students mentioned that the officers told them that 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 officers told them that they will monitor the activities of the students closely before letting them go without having to sign any document after about an hour of discussion.

The 1973 student massacre which happened on 6 October was a violent attacks on students and protesters at Thammasat University while the student were demonstrating against the return of the former military dictator, Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn. By the official count, forty-six people died in the attack, during which protesters were shot, beaten, and their bodies mutilated. However, many unofficial sources cited that more than a hundred were killed.

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