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  • NEWS

    Academic freedom curbs decried

    Saritdet Marukatat, Published on 20/09/2014

    » Human Rights Watch called on the government on Saturday to end attempts to curb academic freedom in the wake of a ban on a seminar at Thammasat University.

  • NEWS

    'Unelected' Prayut warns against political forums

    Published on 19/09/2014

    » Prayut Chan-o-cha reminded academics and activists on Friday that he is not an elected prime minister and said he will not allow political forums to derail his reconciliation campaign.

  • LEARNING

    Thammasat reconsiders ban on 112 activities

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 06/02/2012

    » Thammasat rector Somkit Lertpaithoon said he will ask executives to reconsider the decision to prohibit the use of the campus for activities related to the lese majeste law.

  • NEWS

    Joshua Wong due to mark Oct 6 events

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 19/09/2016

    » Lessons learned from the youth-led Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong will be conveyed by Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong for the 40th commemorations of Thailand's Oct 6, 1976, massacre.

  • OPINION

    The kids are all right

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/10/2018

    » <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i> is no slapped-together concert song. It wasn't made, so much as crafted. The accusatory lyrics are set against the shameful, hovering background of the 1976 dictators' massacre at Thammasat University. The rap song's finale brings the background image of the hanged, beaten student to the front of the picture, before fading out to the hopeful message, "All people unite".

  • LIFESTYLE

    Massacre's memory

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/07/2017

    » The noblest thing is to remember the dead, no matter how long it has been. In the documentary Respectfully Yours, friends and families of some of the victims of the Oct 6, 1976, massacre remember those who were brutally maimed, tortured and killed on the grounds of Thammasat University 41 years ago, as the police and right-wing militia laid siege.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The inciting incident

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/10/2017

    » On Sept 24, 1976, two electricians were beaten and hanged to death from the top of a gate somewhere in Nakhon Pathom, victims of an escalating right-wing terror in Thai politics of that heady decade. Two weeks later, as protests against the return to the Kingdom of former dictator Gen Thanom Kittikajorn gathered steam, students at Thammasat University staged a play about the hanging of the two men. Soon the photographs of the play were used by nationalists to whip up anger and fear of communism, which led to the massacre on the morning of Oct 6 as police and militias laid siege to the university, killing, maiming and brutalising scores of people in one of the worst incidents of bloodshed in modern Thai history.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Books of secrets

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Pintima Lertsomboon, a librarian at Thammasat University, remembered trying to work on Oct 14 in order to soothe the bereavement brought by news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Her task as librarian usually offers her peace of mind. She has been tasked to separate the cremation books out of 10,000 rare books in the library, putting them in their own category.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Dragon's Heart returns

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 26/08/2016

    » Musicals about the lives of Thai defenders of democracy and human rights have come to define director and playwright Pradit Prasartthong's body of work since he founded the Anatta Theatre Troupe in 2012. He's imagined the intimate and personal moments of the late writer Sriburapa, first lady Poonsuk Banomyong and former rector of Thammasat University and Free Thai Movement member Puey Ungphakorn.

  • OPINION

    'My country's got' these socio-political ills

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The explosive Rap Against Dictatorship music video that has taken Thailand by storm has raised myriad socio-political questions and issues. Known in Thai as <i>Prathet Ku Mee</i>, the sensational music video has been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times in just 10 days in a country of 69 million people, a feat in its own right and a record for its artistic kind in Thailand. How this five-minute rap song in the Thai language has done so much says a lot about where Thailand has been and where it is going.

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