At the October 14 Monument


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The poster reads: Jit Poomisak [an anti-dictatorship hero who died in the Northeast in 1966 during a period when some intellectuals fought under the banner of communism]

At the October 14 Monument - October 14, 2010


Commemorating past revolutionary events always demonstrates the generally non-ideological nature of Thai politics.

At these times one can see Mao and Gandhi side by side and Aung San Suu Kyi with Che Guevera. Even Saddam Hussein makes an appearance. In many cases it is unclear whether the historical figures are to be lauded or condemned.

At these commemorations, both right- and left-wing movements are mixed in an acknowledgment of their revolutionary activities. In any case, all are personalities or movements that stand up against an established order.

Right: A Rasta with Mao and the Soviet flag on his vest.


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The book titles (left to right): Saddam Hussein The fighter frightening the world, The Blue Revolution [about a revolt in Japan]


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The sign reads: In memorial to devotees on October 14, 1973 - with great veneration from SRUT - Swallowing/Eat/Losing nation [means something like if politicians take corrupt benefits or there is a conflict of interest, it destroys the nation] - wicked cycle destroying democracy - The State Railway Workers’ Union of Thailand


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The banner reads: May the spirits of those calling for democracy rest in peace in heaven - We stand firm to fight the tyrant - Heroes of October 14, 1973


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Che Guevera, Ho Chi Minh, Mao and Aung San Suu Kyi


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Mao and Gandhi


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Making a Khmer-style krama scarf. The Khmer Rouge required all to wear such scarves after they came to power.


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On the nearby Thammasat campus, there is a small commemoration of the October 6, 1976 massacre.

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