Tens of thousands of people on Sunday (13 October) lined the streets of Bangkok as the remains of 71 people who died during bloody student demonstrations last year were taken to the public market grounds for mass cremation on Monday.
GV&SV Scout band leads procession (2 shots)
SV&CU Schoolgirls carrying wreaths (2 shots)
SV Caskets on hearse passing
SV Mourners with monks
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SV ZOOM Portraits of dead students on hearse
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GV PAN from procession to temple
SV People looking into crematorium (2 shots)
SV Minister of State Universities lights candle
GV&SCU Monk and Minister paying last respect (2 shots)
SV People looking at altar
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Background: Tens of thousands of people on Sunday (13 October) lined the streets of Bangkok as the remains of 71 people who died during bloody student demonstrations last year were taken to the public market grounds for mass cremation on Monday.
Students joined the solemn procession which escorted the flag-draped caskets form a temple to the cremation site, but no incidents were reported.
The cremation ceremony marked the first anniversary of the fall of the former Government, led by Marshall Thanom Kittikachorn, after almost ten years of military dominated rule.
Marshall Thanom, his son Colonel Narong Kittikachorn, and former Deputy Premier Praphas Charusathien , fled the country the 71 were killed in violent clashes between troops, police and some 200,000 students.
The violence errupted on 12 October last year when the Government arrested 13 people after they had distributed leaflets calling for public support for the early drafting of a new constitution.
The Government, which had promised a new constitution within three years, later accused the 13 of involvement in an alleged communist-inspired plot to overthrow the administration.
On 7 October this year, King Bhumibol Adulyade formally promulgated a new Thai constitution to replace an interim one brought in after the overthrow of the Thanom regime.
SYNOPSIS: The new constitution was approved after weeks of scrutiny by the provisional National Assembly, by an overwhelming majority of two hundred and eighty votes to six.
Elections will be held next February.
The ceremony, as one Thai journalist said, was to have been an occasion in which sadness and gratitude to the martyrs mingled with a firm hope for the future. Instead many of those who were stirred by last October's events have once again lapsed into indifference.