WITH THE TACIT APPROVAL OF KING BHUMIBOL ...
On the afternoon of 6 October after the massacre, the major factions of the military which formed the general staff agreed in principle to overthrow Seni, a plot that King Bhumibol was well aware of and approved, which in turn ensured the success of the coup-makers.
From Wikipedia: Thammasat University massacre.
Note: The Red Gaurs (Thai: กระทิงแดง Krathing Daeng) were an extreme right-wing paramilitary organization active in Thailand during the 1970s. The Red Gaurs played a key role in the 6 October 1976 massacre of students and activists at Thammasat University.
Source: Red Gaurs
Seni: Prime minister Seni Pramoj, three-time prime minister, leader of the Democrat Party, great-grandson of King Rama II. Educated in the law. Ambassador to the U.S. during the Second World War. After the Thammasat massacre he resigned from politics.
He died in 1997.
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