Thailand's new military rulers put their capital, Bangkok, under an overnight curfew on Wednesday (13 October).
Thailand's new military rulers put their capital, Bangkok, under an overnight curfew on Wednesday (13 October). The move came on the eve of the third anniversary of a mass uprising that ousted a former military regime. The present right-wing rulers took power a week earlier (6 October) after fighting in the Bangkok's Thammaset University between left-wing students ranged against police and right-wing crowds.
SYNOPSIS: The damaged buildings of the university are a reminder of last week's violence. Left-wing students at the university had been demonstrating against the return to Thailand of former military leader Thanom Kittikachorn. A crowd gathered outside the Thammaset campus and were angered at the mock hanging of a student, said to resemble Prince Vajiralongkorn. Fighting broke out when the right-wing crowd surged onto the campus. Lynching and burning followed, in which 41 people died.
The university was still closed by Wednesday. Work has begun to clear up the rubbish and the debris. But it may be some time before students are allowed back on to the campus. More than 600 students arrested during last week's fighting were still under military detention.