The Centre for Asian Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Edith Cowan University.
Place of Publication
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Faculty of Arts
The Centre for Asian Communication, Media and Cultural Studies
In May 1992 soldiers from the Thai army turned their guns on middle class and student demonstrators who were on the streets of Bangkok pressing for the resignation of the military-backed prime minister - General Suchinda Kraprayoon. A BBC camera crew was there. Among the burning cars and barricades, the crew filmed an anonymous young Thai man. The close-up image of his face filled the camera operator's viewfinder. He shouted in clear English: "We want the rest of the world to see and hear what the military dictators do to our people, the Thai people, the innocent people. We want the rest of the world to know." 1 Then the BBC crew filmed soldiers walking across the prostrate bodies of people they had arrested and placed in the lobby of the Royal Hotel, occasionally hitting them with the butts of rifles. Outside, in the hotel forecourt, other demonstrators were placed face down, "trussed like chickens, hands bound by the shirts off their backs"...2