Memorial stature of Chit Phumisak, a hero of Thai communist movement, unveiled

About 47 years after his death, a hero of the Thai Communist movement, saw a memorial stature erected. Yesterday the Chit Phumisak Foundation, unveiled a memorial stature of Chit. About 800 people attended the event, including many leading Thai progressive thinkers. Chit, an intellectual communist rebel, is known as the Che Guevara of Thailand. Wikipedia says: Chit Phumisak (Thai: จิตร ภูมิศักดิ์, also transcribed as Jit Phoumisak, born 25 September 1930 – killed 5 May 1966) was a Thai author, philologist, historian, poet and Communist rebel. His most influential book was The Face of Thai Feudalism (โฉมหน้าศักดินาไทย, Chom Na Sakdina Thai), written in 1957 under the pseudonym Somsamai Srisootarapan. Other pen names used by Chit include Kawi Kanmuang and Kawi Srisayam. He has been described as the “Che of Thailand”.[1] Born into a poor family in Prachinburi Province, eastern Thailand, he studied philology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. It was as a student that Chit first became exposed to Marxism; in 1953 he was hired by the U.S. embassy to help assist William J. Gedney, an American linguist working in Thailand, to translate The Communist Manifesto into Thai (in an attempt to scare the Thai government into taking a tougher stance against communism).[2] His writings were anti-nationalist and progressive and were viewed as a threat to the state by the harshly anti-communist government of Sarit Thanarat. He was arrested in 1957, branded a communist, and after six years in jail was declared not guilty by a court and set free. In 1965, he joined the Communist Party of Thailand, headquartered in the jungles of the Phu Phan mountains, in Sakhon Nakhon Province. On May 5, 1966 he was shot dead by villagers near the village Nong Kung in Waritchaphum district. His body was burned and no proper ceremony for his death occurred until 1989, when his remains were finally placed in a stupa at the nearby Wat Prasittisangwon (Source).


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