Thousands of people, many of them students, lined the streets of Bangkok on Tuesday (14 October) to commemorate the second anniversary of the 1973 bloody clashes which led to the downfall of the former military regime in Thailand.
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Background: Thousands of people, many of them students, lined the streets of Bangkok on Tuesday (14 October) to commemorate the second anniversary of the 1973 bloody clashes which led to the downfall of the former military regime in Thailand.
More than seventy people died in the violence two years ago, the climax of a week of massive student demonstrations in Bangkok and other Thai cities sparked off the arrest of 13 students and lecturers openly campaigning for a return to constitutional democracy.
The clashes between students and troops in the city centre precipitated and resignation of the then Prime Minister, Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, and his military government. Almost a year later, King Bhumibol Adulyadej formerly promulgated a permanent constitution to replace in interim military-dominated one introduced by Field Marshal Thanom in 1972.
Tuesday's solemn anniversary celebrations included a march by students and civilians from the capital's Thammasat University, centre of the 1973 turmoil. Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj then attended a religious ceremony celebrating the laying of the foundation stone for a monument in honour of those who died in the clashes.
An exhibition of photographs depicting events during the 1973 troubles has been set up along the city's central Rajadamnoen Avenue, while a series of political debaters are taking place in the University.
Last year, the remains of the 71 victims of the clashes were ceremonially cremated in the city's public market grounds to mark the first anniversary.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people, many of them students, marched through the streets of Bangkok on Tuesday, commemorating the victims of the bloody clashes two years ago in Thailand which led to the downfall of the former military regime. The violence against Field Marshall Thanom Kittikachorn's military government...and precipitated its resignation.
Seventy-one people died in the clashes between troops and students... and the victims have become heroes throughout the country.
Coinciding with Tuesday's march from Thammasat University, is a special exhibition of photographs in the centre of Bangkok depicting the turmoil.
Prime Minister Kukrit Parmoj led the anniversary's solemn celebrations. He attended a special religious ceremony marking the laying of a foundation stone for a monument to the dead. He later said that the unity displayed by students organising this year's commemoration was one of the major factors for Thailand's future.