Thailand: ‘Culture of impunity’ and other lessons from the 6 October 1976 massacre
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Thailand: ‘Culture of impunity’ and other lessons from the 6 October 1976 massacre

For many in Thailand, the 6 October 1976 massacre is a profound wound and a primary metaphor of Thai culture, which is nourished by the connections woven across the ruling class. Even after four decades, the families of those killed on 6 October continue to live in fear while the ruling class does not comprehend the anger that continues to drive the people into the streets. The massacre is also a grave instance of impunity. The legacy of the culture of impunity for later generations is that it is apparent that if one has power in society – if one has a network and supporters – then one does not have to be held to account.


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