At first, Defence Minister Thanom Kittikachorn
told journalists he "would rather fight to keep what is Thai".
Ltd., and popular figures like Thanom Kittikachorn
No one among his contemporaries in Asean (Tunku Abdul Rahman, Suharto, Ferdinand Marcos and Thanom Kittikachorn
) could match the quality of his mind.
That was sometime in the late 70s or early 80s when the winds of change came howling through Asia and dictators like Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos, Indonesia's Suharto, Pakistan's Ayub Khan, Thailand's Thanom Kittikachorn
were making their exist and the world predicted that Burma's Ne Win would soon follow.
However, it was not until after President Nixon's visit to China in 1972 that the then Prime Minister, Thanom Kittikachorn
, began to revise Thailand's policy towards China.
The overthrow of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn
's government in 1973 by student-led demonstrations ended one firm's (Thai Roong Ruang) control of exports.
In fact those sons who were advanced to positions of power by their dictator fathers--Marcos, Suharto, Thanom Kittikachorn
in Thailand--never fared well.
As Bamber (25) notes, the medical profession was heavily involved in the political protest movement associated with the student uprising of 14 October 1973 against the regime of Thanom Kittikachorn
. The fall of the Thanom regime brought a brief period of democratic rule.
Former Thai Premier Thanom Kittikachorn
denies he instigated killings in the military crackdown on pro-democracy student protests in October 1973, a regional magazine said Wednesday.
It was the biggest political gathering since the student uprising of 1973, which drove Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn
out of the country.
(55) The Karen petition was in vain and the request resulted in an order from the dictator, General Thanom Kittikachorn
, of a military intervention by helicopters to Djau La's temple.
(17) The bloody events of 6 October 1976, when student activists were murdered by members of the security forces while staging a peaceful demonstration at Thammasat University, were precipitated by the return to Thailand of former military strongman Thanom Kittikachorn
. On arriving in Bangkok, he was taken to the royal temple Wat Boworniwet, where he was ordained as a monk by the future Supreme Patriarch.