Chulalongkorn University Students and the Anti-Government Protests During the Coup d’Etat
After the Second World War, Thailand was ruled by a civilian government for a period of time until, on November 8th, 1947, there was a coup d’état to remove the civilian government under the Premiership of Rear Admiral Thawal Thamrongnavaswad from power. After this, Thai society inclined towards autocracy once more. At the time, university students formed a movement that became a major force in protesting against and counter-balancing the tendency towards dictatorship. Chulalongkorn University students were involved in this movement, as is evident in their signing their names demanding for peace between 1951 and 1952; a movement that campaigned against sending Thai soldiers to fight in the Korean War and urged peace as a means of solving international problems.