Junta erasing 1932

In having connived with the palace in destroying the 1932 plaque in the now entirely royalized “Royal Plaza,” the military dictatorship and other royalists aim to erase memories and celebrations of the 1932 Revolution that overthrew the absolute monarchy.

Khaosod reports that this policy is working.

There will be no “candlelit vigil marking the birth of Thailand’s democracy in 1932 … this year…”.

This remembrance used to take “place at a spot where revolutionaries announced the end of absolute monarchy…”.

But that commemorative plaque at the site went missing. No one has investigated or explained this act of vandalism. The silence means the removal was royal sanctioned and junta approved.

With restrictions in place on political meetings, Thailand’s “most momentous event of modern … political history will be marked by what he described as a mini-concert and panel discussion Sunday evening at the Oct. 14 Uprising Memorial on Ratchadamnoen Road.”

Khaosod includes list of activities marking the 1932 revolt in Bangkok:

Key leaders from 11 political parties, including Abhisit Vejjajiva (Democrat), Chaturon Chaisaeng (Pheu Thai), Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (Future Forward) and Sereepisuth Temiyavet (Seri Ruam Thai) will join a panel discussion on the revolution’s legacy for Thai democracy at Voice TV headquarters.

Cartel Artspace will host an art exhibition and lecture on how the 1932 revolutionaries influenced architecture and design in Thailand. Participants will also get to play a card game intended to teach the public about the revolt and its principles.

A son of Phraya Phahon, the army officer in charge of the democratic coup 86 years ago, will share his memories of the incident and its consequences at Angoon’s Garden in Thong Lor.

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