Submitted on Wed, 24 Jun 2015 - 12:27 PM
About 20 people gathered to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the so-called ‘Siamese Revolution’, at the Royal Plaza, Bangkok, under the close watch of plainclothes officers.
At 6 am on Wednesday, about 20 people, most of them anti-establishment, pro-democracy activists and poets, gathered at the Khana Ratsadon sign, a metal pin which is embedded into the surface of the Royal Plaza by the Khana Ratsadon (the People’s Party), who led the forced change from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy on 24 June 1932.
“Khana Ratsadorn gave birth to a constitution here,” is written on the sign.
Rawee Sirisranon, who uses the pen name Wad Rawee, Racha Prompawang, Anucha Wannasuntorachai, Krit Lualamai,and a poet with the pen name Homo Erectus read poems stressing the importance of democracy and equality and encouraging the people to continue their struggle for democracy.
They also stencilled the image of the Khana Ratsadon sign. The stencilled images will be put up for auction to raise funds to pay the bail for political prisoners.
Phramaha Paiwan Wanno, a liberal Buddhist monk revered by anti-establishment activists, also showed up to receive offering from the activists.
About seven police were spotted at the scene filming the event.
The commemoration ended at around 7 am. Rawee said the flowers will be reused as they will be given to the anti-coup student activists who are expected to be taken to Pathumwan Police Station later today.
The Khana Raisadon sign is decorated with flowers
Krit Lualamai, a poet activist, reads a poem before the Khana Ratsadon mark.
Rawee Siriisranon, a poet activist, gives an offering to Phramaha Paiwan Wanno.