Red shirts reclaim 1932 coup anniversary to advance cause – The Nation, June 22, 2012
…On June 4, 1960 dictator Field Marshal Sarith Thanarat ended the status of June 24 as National Day and reassigned HM the King’s birthday, December 5, as the date for the national celebration. Suthachai thinks the date is problematic, as December 5 is celebrated today as both Father’s Day and the King’s Birthday, and the connotation with National Day is simply not there.
Suthachai argues that since Sarith was a dictator and coup-maker, his order should be regarded as void and June 24 should be recognised again as National Day, while December 5 can continue to be celebrated as HM’s birthday.
…Nearly 80 years on, the modest bronze plaque marking the spot where the June 24 revolt took place, set in concrete in the ground at the Royal Plaza – and exposed to automobile traffic – is considerably tarnished. Suthachai is against removing it as a way of protecting it, however, fearing it would not be replaced in any way…
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