Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14

On this day in ...
... 1973, in Bangkok, more than 75 persons were killed after troops loyal to Thailand's military "regime opened fire on unarmed civilians" in the course of a 2d day of street battles between the troops and protesters, many of them students at Thammasat University in the capital. Later on this same day, the leader of the regime stepped down, and the university's rector become new Prime Minister. Since that time, government in Thailand (flag at right) has shifted back and forth from civilian to military hands; the current Prime Minister, as we've posted, is Yingkuck Shinawatra, the 1st woman to hold the position. According to the BBC, "Most Thais celebrate the 'October 14 Uprising' anniversary as Thai People's Rights and Freedom Day." Little celebration today, however, given the news of massive flooding in the country.

(Prior October 14 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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