New photos of 6 Oct 1976 massacre emerge

25 new photos of the brutal crackdown on student activists at Thammasat University have emerged and have now been published on the internet, marking the 35th anniversary of the incident.

The annual event to commemorate the 14 Oct 1973 student uprising and the 6 Oct 1976 massacre is currently taking place at Thammasat University’s Tha Phra Chan campus, with activities including public forums, performances, art exhibits and concerts from 1-14 Oct.

Vipa Daomanee, one of the organizers of the event and coordinator of the committee to receive information and investigate the 6 Oct 1976 incident, said that the photos had been sent from an anonymous former vocational student.  The photos were taken on the morning of 6 Oct 1976 after Border Patrol Police forces had attacked and raided the university.  They are published online at and Truth Finding.

Vocational students were initially allies of the university students during and after the popular uprising on 14 Oct 1973, but later became estranged from them.  They were organized by members of the elite to become the Red Gaurs, one of the paramilitary anti-leftist organizations, including Navaphol and the Village Scouts, which took part in the attack on 6 Oct.

Part of the set of the photos shows a series of images of a handcuffed man being beaten and hanged under a tree. 

The man and other victims shown on the photos have yet to be identified, and if anybody can identify them, she asks them to please contact her.

According to Vipa, the man is not Wichitchai Amornkul, pictures of whose gruesome death had long been published and seen by the public.

Wichitchai Amornkul, 2nd year student at the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University.  He was one of the student security guards on the night of 5 Oct and morning of 6 Oct at Thammasat University.

Despite the claim made by former PM’s Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey of the previous Democrat-led government that relatives of the victims of 6 Oct had been compensated, she said that so far no government, including the Thaksin government, has ever done so.

She said that after the coup in 2006, the so-called October people had been divided into the yellow and red camps, and this divisiveness had affected cooperation among them in organizing the annual commemoration events.



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