General Krit Srivara
กฤษณ์ สีวะรา) (March 27, 1914—April 28, 1976) was a military officer
of the Royal Thai Army
, a member of the Thai Cabinet, and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army during the violent crackdown on democracy protesters on 14 October 1973. He was later promoted to Army Commander.
During the invasion of Burma Krit served as a company commander in a Phayap Army
battalion under the command of Major Sarit Thanarat
Krit was appointed Deputy Minister of Education by Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn
in his 1969 government. On 23 November 1970, he was switched to be Deputy Minister of Defence (Thanom was both Premier and Minister of Defence). The government fell in 17 November 1971 after Thanom led a coup that overthrew his own government and abrogated the 1968 constitution
. Thanom appointed Krit Minister of Industry in his subsequent junta.
Krit played a pivotal role in the 14 October democracy movement
of 1973. Krit served as Deputy Army Commander in the face of massive public demonstrations against the "Three Tyrants": Colonel Narong Kittikachorn
, Army Commander Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien
, and Prime Minister and Supreme Commander Thanom Kittikachorn
. On the evening of 14 October, the police and army began shotting at demonstrators, killing at least 70. Narong personally shot into the crowds from a helicopter. Thanom and Praphas resigned from their political roles, but continued to lead the military.... Read More