Rally for the 89th anniversary of the constitutional monarchy

Starting early this morning, hundreds of people gathered at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the revolution that created the constitutional monarchy of Thailand. At 4.30 a.m. on June 24, 1932, the revolutionaries of the People’s Party declared the end of absolute monarchy.

Today, Ratsadon and other anti-establishment groups gathered at the monument to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution that created the constitutional monarchy at 4:30 a.m. to hold a candlelight vigil. The group played music and shared their political messages, all under the watchful eye of many police officers.

The group also replaced the original plaque that the revolutionaries placed on the monument with a replica. This plaque sparked some controversy when the original went missing in 2017 and was replaced with another message praising the “cheerful people of Siam”. Last September, police foiled an attempt by the Ratsadon group to replace the original plate which was quickly removed.

The monument was wrapped in fabric banners and candles surrounded it as around 500 people took part in the protests, led by several prominent militant leaders. The debates included an art performance by a group called “Bad Student” and a reading of the first announcement of Khana Ratsadon who turned absolute monarchy into constitutional monarchy to commemorate the anniversary.

Protesters continued to rally outside Parliament after the ceremony to express support for the promotion of a constitutional amendment that is currently repeatedly rejected in the government. They argue that the Thai charter is changeable and that the Senate can no longer choose the prime minister.

Security forces set up around 30 shipping containers near the police station on Ratchadamnoen Road to prepare for the protest. The demonstrators ended their demonstration by singing the national anthem. They met later in the morning to travel to Parliament to present their three-point demand calling for the rewrite of the constitution, the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the resignation of the 250 appointed senators. by the army.

The ruling government’s coalition political parties and opposition parties submitted 13 proposed amendments to Thailand’s constitution and both houses of parliament met yesterday to discuss the amendments. These debates also continue today.

An extreme amendment proposed by a group called “Resolution” calls for the abolition of all changes of government brought about by the 2014 coup, including the 20-year national strategy and even the current Senate. Any amendment requires 50,000 signatures to show public support before it is accepted by Parliament, and this far-reaching amendment is gaining support.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World and Bangkok Post

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