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    In the bloodiest day's violence seen in Bangkok since the student ???iots of 1973, a?

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    In the bloodiest day's violence seen in Bangkok since the student ???iots of 1973, a military coup toppled the government of former Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Seni Pramoj and installed martial law throughout the country.

    Following a clash between left and right wing students at Bangkok's Thammasat University, the Bangkok Chief of Police ordered armed police to storm the Thammasat campus. Mr. Seni later denied that he knew anything about the Police Chief's order.

    The violence that broke out between the rival student groups followed a sit in strike by leftist students at the university who were demanding the deportation of the former Thai military leader, Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn. Field Marshal Thanom had been the leader of the military government that ruled Thailand until a student uprising in 1973 forced him to flee the country. The Field Marshal returned from exile last month and entered the Buddhist priesthood as a novitiate monk in a central Bangkok monastery. Left wing students at Thammasat University were demanding his expulsion from the country as they said they feared he would be involved in an attempted coup aimed at restoring the military leadership of Thailand.

    After the stormi of the University, where the violence left more than fifty people dead and hundreds injured, many of the left wing students surrendered. As the police marched the students to waiting police vehicles rival right wing students jeered the defeated police detainees.

    Several of the surrendered students were taken from police custody and lynched by right wing student groups. Others were forced by police to take off their shirts and shoes and crawl along the road to a nearby park where they joined their companions under armed police guard.

    As the left wing student resistance crumbled, an organisation named the "administration Reform Committee" announced that it had taken over the government from Mr. Seni. The Committee said the former Prime Minister was now under security guard. The leader of the New Thai military Government is Admiral Sangad Chaloryoo, a former top naval officer.

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