ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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THAILAND- Requiem for Democracy

IN the three years since the student uprising of October 14, 1973 toppled the military dictatorship, the new de- mocratic system had nurtured a steadily growing confidence that Thailand could not revert hack to a martial law state again. Many felt that the country had taken an irrevocable step forward in its political development, and would never submit docilely to any imposition of military rule again. Yet, on October 6, the military did stage a coup, and with harsh efficiency, re-established its complete hold over Thailand. How did this happen? Had the rightist forces really been growing stronger even as the left was losing its base? Is the present military junta actually or only superficially in control now? Is the leftist movement totally destroyed, or only dormant since the coup?

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