1932 Revolution plaque disappearance
A well-known politician from Pheu Thai Party accused of sedition for posting on Facebook about the missing 1932 Revolution Plaque has vowed to fight charge. On 9 October 2017, the Criminal Court held a deposition hearing for Watana Muangsook, a politician from Pheu Thai Party, who was indicted for breaching Article 116 of of the Criminal Code, the sedition law, and the Computer Crime Act.
Despite relentless attempts by Thailand’s conservative elite to bury the memory of the People’s Party, which brought to an end the absolute monarchy, the legal legacy of the 1932 democratic revolution which gave birth to the first constitution of the nation and laid the foundation of the rule of law lives on.
A political activist was taken into military custody Saturday morning for attempting to place a replica of the plaque commemorating the June 24, 1932, revolt at the spot where the original mysteriously disappeared from earlier this year.
The Criminal Court has refused to release a lecturer arrested for sharing a Facebook post written by an academic blacklisted by the junta, despite the defendant promising almost one million baht as surety for bail. On 9 May 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, denied a bail request with a 927,000 baht surety for a university lecturer who requested anonymity accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, lèse majesté law.
The Criminal Court has refused to release two detainees accused of lèse majesté for sharing the Facebook post of an academic blacklisted by the junta. On 4 May 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, denied bail requests of 790,000 and 900,000 baht for two detainees accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
The junta has ordered the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) to cancel a panel discussion on the missing plaque commemorating the 1932 Democratic Revolution. On 3 May 2017, the FCCT announced on its Facebook page that it had received orders from the police to cancel a panel discussion scheduled for this evening on the missing 1932 Revolution plaque.
Police officers have detained a man claiming to have removed the historical plaque commemorating the 1932 Revolution. He will be subject to a mental health check, according to the police. On 25 April 2017, Wichan Phuwihan, a member of a group called People's Peaceful Revolution, visited the Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office and read a 27-page statement claiming that he was the one who removed the brass plaque commemorating the 1932 Democratic Revolution.
Two men have been sent for military ‘attitude adjustment’ after filing a complaint urging police to search for the missing plaque commemorating the 1932 Democratic Revolution.
The disappearance of the 1932 Revolution memorial plaque is the latest of many attempts by the nation’s conservative elites to erase the history of Thailand’s democracy.
The authorities have accused a politician known for his anti-junta stand of committing a computer crime for posting on Facebook that the missing 1932 Revolution Plaque is a national asset. On 19 April 2017, Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), revealed that the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) filed a complaint against Watana Muangsook, a politician from the Pheu Thai Party, for breaching the Computer Crime Act.