October 6, Remembered

The October 6 Massacre has marked 38th anniversary in Thailand. It was commemorated by handful of citizens and activists in Tammasat University in Bangkok on Monday. I never knew any perpetrator who has been brought to justice. No justice, history being repeated.

1976년 10월 6일, 태국 탐마삿 대학과 인근 사남루앙 광장에서는 학살이 있었다. 그 3년전 민주항쟁으로 쫓겨난 군부독재자 타놈 끼띠카쫀의 귀국을 반대하는 시위가 확산되던 때였다. 군부와 극우 민병대의 손에 수십명 혹은 수백명이 죽었고, 수천명의 학생들은 정글로 피신하여 무장 투쟁중이던 타이공산당(CPT)에 가담했다. 아무도 처벌받지 않은 학살 후 38년, 태국은 또 다시 군정치하다. 소수가 참여한 기념행사 주변에는 다수의 거북하고도 불편한 침묵이 흐르고 있다.

Bangkok, Thailand / All rights reserved © Lee Yu Kyung 2014

October 6 Massacre, 38th '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 38주년 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre, 38th ‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 38주년 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre, 38th '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 38주년 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre, 38th ‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 38주년 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa, on speech in commemoration of the October 6 Massacre 술락 시바락사, 사회 원로 운동가  (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa, on speech in commemoration of the October 6 Massacre 술락 시바락사, 사회 원로 운동가
(Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Activist, who once read The Book defying The Coup 쿠테타 저항 '독서투쟁' 으로 유명해진 청년 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Activist, who once read The Book defying The Coup
쿠테타 저항 ‘독서투쟁’ 으로 유명해진 청년 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Cultural event in commemoration of the October 6 massacre at Tammasat University  '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 기념 문화행사 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Cultural event in commemoration of the October 6 massacre at Tammasat University
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 기념 문화행사 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Ajarn Prachak Kongkirati at the seminar in commemoration of the October 6 massacre. I think he's among the few brave given the 'shut-up-your-mouth' order from Big Bro & Co.  '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿학살 38주년 기념 세미나. (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Ajarn Prachak Kongkirati at the seminar in commemoration of the October 6 massacre. I think he’s among the few brave given the ‘shut-up-your-mouth’ order from Big Bro & Co.
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿학살 38주년 기념 세미나. (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Questions at the seminar in commemoration of the October 6 massacre '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 38주년 기념 세미나 청중 질문 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Questions at the seminar in commemoration of the October 6 massacre
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 38주년 기념 세미나 청중 질문 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Raise your finger to ask. No question, No progress '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 38주년 기념 세미나 청중 질문 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

Raise your finger to ask. No question, No progress
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 38주년 기념 세미나 청중 질문 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P  '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 기념비 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 기념비 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P  '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 기념비 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 기념비 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P  '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 기념비(Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 기념비(Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P  '혹 뚤라' 탐마삿 학살 기념비 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

October 6 Massacre Memorial, R.I.P
‘혹 뚤라’ 탐마삿 학살 기념비 (Photo © Lee Yu Kyung 2014)

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