Pee Boon Movements

Pee Boon movements - translated and summarized from Krungthep Thurakit; Column: Kae Roy Karn Muang; Author: Pracha Buraphavithee; November 14, 2008

[In English, this is written as "Pee Bun," "Phee Bun" or "Pee Boon."]

The story about the Pee Boon rebels or Pu Mee Boon rebellion movement that existed from 1901-1902 has been recorded in the history of the left wing. It is a movement of the poor farmers of the Northeast. Pee Boon members use poems to agitate farmers to oppose their bosses and officials in the Northeast.

However, every fight by the movement was beaten by the government’s military or the central power of Ratanakosin [the seat of government in Bangkok], who possessed better weapons. Leaders of the movement were caught every time.

The Pee Boon name has been revived again by a new agency on Prachachuen Road [meaning Matichon Publishing]. It wrote an article about people from the Lim family who behave like ‘Pee Boon’ in the globalization era.

However, considering the social context, the Lim family does not deserve to be Pee Boon. In contrast, the person who deserves the title is the square-faced guy [former PM Thaksin].

During the campaign against the 2007 Constitution, some leaders of the red-shirt movement tried to arouse people to fight the aristocrat government and the military coup by raising the Pee Boon topic. They announced that the old regime will be conquered by the red-shirt farmer troop. The current red-shirt farmers are heirs of the Pee Boon members of the past.

Right: From Rattanakosin Bicentennial, 1982 - During the long reign of King Chulalongkorn, there were some disturbances to the peace of the Kingdom, such as the invasion of the Hos, a hilltribe in the North, a revolt of the Phrae; but those who were engaged in the disturbances were quickly defeated by the government authorities.

In 1901, a man, named Phi Boon, lived in Ubon Ratchathanai, a north-eastern province, declared that he was the super, no weapon could do any harm to him, and he could communicate with God and Spirits. He persuaded people and collected arms to build up forces. The government had to send the army unit to defeat them and keep the country in peace.

(Source: Rattanakosin Bicentennial)
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