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Peaceful Protesters Commemorate 88th anniversary of the bloodless revolution

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Dozens of pro-democracy activists gathered at the Democracy Monument last week to commemorate the 88th anniversary of the bloodless June 24 revolution by re-enacting one of Thailand’s most decisive moments.

Police officers had Royal Plaza under close watch as protester began to arrive at the symbolic roundabout on Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

as peaceful protesters started to arrive they set up the stage to recreate the reading done  88 years ago called the Promoters’ manifesto.

Some protestors wore period costumes of the Khana Ratsadon, or People’s Party, which led the revolt.

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In February of 1927, a group of seven Siamese students, later known as the “promoters”, met at a hotel on the Rue Du Sommerard in Paris and founded what would become Khana Ratsadon. For five days they met and proposed arguments for and against various aspects of the movement, the men were:

1. Lieutenant Prayoon Pamornmontri, Army officer, formerly of King Vajiravudh’s Royal Guards
2. Lieutenant Plaek Khittasangkha, later Luang Phibulsonggram, Army officer, student, School of Applied Artillery, France
3. Lieutenant Thatsanai Mitphakdi, Army officer, student, French Cavalry Academy
4. Tua Lophanukrom, a scientist studying in Switzerland
5. Luang Siriratchamaitri, diplomat, an officer at the Siamese Embassy in Paris
6. Naep Phahonyothin, a law student studying in England
7. Pridi Banomyong, a law student studying at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris

They followed these Six principles:

Six Principles of Khana Ratsadon in Constitution celebration
A school notebook published in 1934, with illustrations of the six principles on its cover, displayed at the Thai Parliament Museum, Bangkok.

The revolutionaries made Pridi Panomyong their president and termed themselves the “promoters” (Thai: ผู้ก่อการ; RTGS: Phu Ko Kan). The party determined a sixfold objective which was later called the “Six Principles” (Thai: หลักหกประการ; RTGS: Lak Hok Prakan), as follows:

1. To maintain the supreme power of the Thai people.
2. To maintain national security.
3. To maintain the economic welfare of the Thai people in accordance with the National Economic Project.
4. To protect the equality of the Thai people.
5. To maintain the people’s rights and liberties, insofar as they are not inconsistent with any of the above-mentioned principles.
6. To provide public education for all citizens.

Legacy

The party was eventually successful in their goal of revolution by a bloodless coup. By 1933 they had turned Siam into a single-party state. However, the party itself was short-lived, due to infighting as the party had too many factions, conflicting interests, and political beliefs. The party eventually divided into two factions, a civilian faction led by Pridi Bhanomyong, and a military faction led by Marshal Pibulsongkram.

They would dominate Thai politics for the next two decades, producing six Prime Ministers of Thailand from their ranks. The party declined at about the time the Second World War ended.

“On June 24th, 88 years ago was the last day of the absolute monarchy, the dawn of democracy,” rights lawyer Arnon Nampa noted of the event.

The protesters in the end were allowed to project a hologram of the 1932 declaration onto a raised canvas. It included a scene portraying Khana Ratsadon leader Phraya Phahonphonphayuhasena reading the statement.

 

Later, police warned attendees they would be arrested if they violated the law – this was most likely due to the Emergency decree and not for any other reason, they peacefully left as instructed by police.

 

 

source: Coconuts Bangkok, Wikipedia, Democracy Group Facebook

Photo: Democracy Restoration Group / Facebook, Wiki

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Ginger, lemongrass, galangal may soon be listed as hazardous substances

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Confused by the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s latest list of hazardous substances, which includes several Thai herbs, many farmers showed up in Bangkok to voice their concerns.

On Monday (July 13), Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Mananya Thaiset announced that neem, lemongrass, turmeric, ginger, galangal, marigold, Siam weed, camellia seed residue, chillies, celery, medicinal herb senna alata, climbing lily and the non taai yaak or stemona tuberosa lour may be registered as hazardous objects type 1. Prapan Panyachartrak, a member of the National Farmers Council, said Thais have used these herbs freely and forcing farmers to register before planting them will only create problems and challenges. “I don’t understand why they have to register plants that Thais use in food and to naturally repel insects,” he said, adding that if these herbs were really being added to the hazardous list, he himself would lead a farmers’ protest.

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Myanmar puts a hold on international flights until at least October

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According to Myanmar’s National Tourism Development Central Committee vice-president, Myanmar’s airports are unlikely to re-open to international commercial flights until at least October this year.

There is no guarantee, however, that even if the country opens its skies to international flights, there will be any takers other than airlines offering repatriation flights.

Border closures around the world have grounded entire fleets of planes and put smaller airlines in financial peril. Domestic flights are currently operating, as in Thailand, but are restricted to Burmese citizens and foreign residents registered to stay and work in the country. Since the end of March, foreign […]

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Charity Hires Homeless of Bangkok to Keep City Clean

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BANGKOK — On Tuesday, dozens of homeless people will roll up their sleeves and get paid by cleaning the streets of Bangkok, thanks to an initiative funded by donations.

The Mirror Foundation’s “Hire Me” program said it will hire elderly homeless people to clean public spaces and help them earn money through the charity. The project aims to organize around one cleaning job a week. Participants will be paid 400 baht in exchange for four to five hours of work.

“Many of these people are older than 50, which is past the age that factories or other workspaces will take on,” project coordinator Benjamas Pangam said. “The 400 baht may not help much, but it will help them to buy some necessities, pay their bus fare, or allow them to get a shower.”

There are currently 38 homeless people in the program, and their first project is to clean the skywalk around the Victory Monument starting at 2pm on Tuesday. The Mirror Foundation is an NGO that assists city dwellers in need.

Benjamas said many of the homeless people were driven to the streets by family problems and economic hardship.

Not everyone can apply for the program. Participants do not include the many homeless people who have psychiatric disorders; they are encouraged to undergo treatment instead.

Those interested in hiring the group for other works can contact the Mirror Foundation at 091-046-8598, or donate to the project to their Siam Commercial Bank account no. 202-2-58289-4.

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