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Revolution of Siam 90 years ago observed today

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

PHEU THAI PARTY today (June 24) marked the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Revolution of Siam, former name of Thailand, known to have run through stumbling blocks and setbacks.

Pheu Thai Party spokeswoman Thirarat Samretvanit said the peaceful revolution toward the country’s change of rule from absolute monarchy to democratic rule has stumbled, hit snags and even stepped back over the last nine decades.

In the name of Khana Rasadorn, a group of army officers and civilians seized power from His Majesty King Rama VII on June 24, 1932, the date which was once officially viewed as National Day.

Throughout the 90-year period, the country’s political development has been immediately disrupted by military coups, which ultimately denied democratic rule. The country’s democratic development has been thwarted and held back throughout the last nine decades during which 19 military coups had occurred.

Even now, pro-democracy street activists may be arrested and given sedition and other charges by the Prayut regime which has come to power by way of the 2014 coup and with the help from unelected senators, who unanimously picked ex-coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha as head of government following the 2019 election, according to the Pheu Thai spokeswoman.

“Since the 90-year period could be a lifetime of a generation of people who have gone through thick and thin, they have pinned hopes for a better future with their children who should have one of their own under a truly democratic rule,” she said.


Top: Troops on the street during the Revolution of Siam on June​ 24, 1932.

Front Page: Phraya Manopakorn Nititada addressing the crowd at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Both photos: Wikepedia.com

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