Thai students on Wednesday (3 July) demanded the immediate withdrawal of all United States military personnel form Thailand as they launched an anti-American campaign on the eve of the U.
Thai students on Wednesday (3 July) demanded the immediate withdrawal of all United States military personnel form Thailand as they launched an anti-American campaign on the eve of the U.S. National Day (July 4).
16 student organisations issued a joint communique charging that "American Imporialion" had turned the Thai people against one another and had propped up the country's previous military government.
They also accused the United States of continuing to interfere in Thai affairs thr???gh the Central lntelligence Agency (CLA) and the U.S. Air Force in Thailand.
Wednesday's demonstrations were the Thai students' first concerted effort to seek the withdrawal of American forces form Thailand.
Anti-U.S. posters were put up around many of Bangkok's university campuses. Some read "Yankee Go Rome", while others said "People in cur neighboring countries die because of the american bases". At Chulalongkorn University, about 300 students listened to speeches condemning American policy toward Thailand.
Since the students gained a position of influence after their demonstrations brought the fall of the previous military government last October, they have concentrated their energy on domestic issues and Japanese economic influence in Thailand.
Student leaders are expected to address a large public rally on Thursday (4 July) and then lead a protest march on the United States Embassy