Thanom Kittikachorn


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Thanom Kittikachorn

(tä`no͝om kĭt'əkəchôrn`), 1911–2004, Thai political and military leader. He entered the army in 1929, rising to command of a division by 1950. After supporting a coup in 1957 by Sarit Thanarat, he served (1957–63) as defense minister and was (1957–58) also briefly prime minister. On Sarit's death in 1963, Thanom succeeded him as prime minister. A staunch anti-Communist, he supported U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. In 1971, Thanom increased his powers through a military takeover of the government. Protests against the abolition of constitutional government and Thanom's personal aggrandizement finally forced his resignation and exile in 1973. He returned to Thailand in 1976.

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, 1911–2004, Thai political and military leader. He entered the army in 1929, rising to command of a division by 1950. After supporting a coup in 1957 by Sarit Thanarat, he served (1957–63) as defense minister and was (1957–58) also briefly
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At first, Defence Minister Thanom Kittikachorn told journalists he "would rather fight to keep what is Thai".
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.
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.
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.
10) During these decades, the supposedly 'developmental' authoritarian state led by Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat (1958-63) and General Thanom Kittikachorn (1963-73) undertook massive rural infrastructure development (among other things) with hefty financial support from the United States and the World Bank.