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|People cannot keep silent on the past crimes.
Southern villagers used all the channels avalable to civilians to speak their living problems out.
The only response they received was shear violence, torture, extrajudicial executions and disappearances.
UPD claims Thailand ratifying the ICC Rome Statute will make sure all Thai people will be responded within a rule of law frame.
05 Aug 2012 , The Red Drum massacres ,Phattalung is marking the anniversary of the 1975
The Red Drum massacres ended in 1975, two years after the fall of the Thanom regime, and when Thailand established diplomatic relations with China, the officer said.
Though memories of he events of Ban Kho Lung are fading, most villagers who survived the horrors still refuse to talk about it.
Their only desire, they say, is to make merit in honour of those who perished in the red drums because "when those people were killed, they had no chance to see he monks for their last blessing".
"We want the Red Drum case to be a lesson and not forgotten by our next generation that their ancestors sacrificed their lives for today's democracy." one said.
A group of villagers has already bought a piece of land for 450,000 baht to build an information centre and monument to those killed, a plan that apparently has run into opposition from state authorities, the former special branch officer among them.
But how else to repose the ghosts of the Red Drums?
Bangkok Post special publication magazine "Oct 14, 1973 - People's Progress, 30 years on" dated 14 October 2003
The Red Drum massacres of 39 years ago represent excesses in counter insurgency that no one wants to revisit. But memories die hard and a healthy way of living with the horrors is to admit them.
About 3,008 people - accused of being communist suspects - are believed to have died after being pushed down 200-litre red drums alive or semi-conscious and incinerated. The atrocities began in military camps in a small village in Phattalung about two years before the events of October 13, 1973, and continued through 1975, according to a former special branch police officer.
(tang daeng, Red Barrels). Song about the massacres.
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