Anniversary of the End of the Absolute Monarchy in Thailand

1932: Siam Tries a People’s Party

1932: New Asia dictates the future of the world

Bangkok skyline in 1932

Photos From the Last Days of the Absolute Monarchy in the 1930s

This year: No More Annual ‘Plaque Ceremony’ for 1932 Revolt – Khaosod, June 21, 2018
…The plaque went missing in early April 2017, and the authorities have repeatedly rejected calls to look for it or explain its disappearance…

2004: The first coup and the last absolute king

A rare editorial cartoon from 2012 referencing the date: Elite Red Shirts Bring Back a Royal Figure

Editorial cartoon from 2015: Blocking out June 24

2015: No political activities to mark anniversary, police chief warns
…Supakorn also said both the military and police were explaining to local people they should think of the June 24, 1932 revolt in a positive light and not use it as an excuse to demonstrate because it could disturb law and order.
In a related development, Pongkwan Sawasdipak and few other academics, including Somrit Luechai, symbolicallycleaned the “plaque of democracy” at the Royal Plaza ahead of the anniversary.
“We cannot deny that the 1932 incident was a stepping stone towards the development of democracy in this country,” said political scientist from Thammasat University Pongkwan Sawasdipak…

2015: Activists gather to commemorate 1932 revolution
…The activity started out with activists and political observers arranging flowers for adorning the Memorial Peg of Siamese Revolution of 1932 near King Rama V’s monument to pay tribute to the promoters of Siamese revolution for bringing democracy to the country
…Among the participants were prominent political activists like Phra Maha Praiwan, Sirawit New Serithiwat, and Champ who were arrested last year for reading George Orwell’s 1984…

2015: Govt denies that new flag raising marks the 1932 revolution
…Renu Tunkachivangoon, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister for political affairs, denied that the flag-raising ceremony started at Government House today to mark the 83rd anniversary of the Siam Revolution of June 24, 1932 which brought democracy to the country. She said that the flagpole was just built and tested, so its use normally started today.

2015: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Dao Din students activists show up at Pathumwan station
…During the rally in front of the Pathumwan Police station Wednesday, Rangsiman Rome, read a statement before the police station.
In the statement, he said the seven students refused to acknowledge the charges against them and other student activists.
The seven said they showed up at the station to provide moral support to the group of nine students who are wanted by the Pathumwan police station…

Analysis from 2017: The Missing Marker and Thai Democracy

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