7 Mar 2023
From the demolition of the Constitutional Defence Monument to the change of name of the Lopburi Artillery Centre, many attempts have been made to erase the memory of Khana Ratsadon, who led the 1932 Revolution. Prachatai and Sarunyou Thepsongkraow and Sitthard Srikotr, two history experts from Kasetsart University explore the remaining architectural footprints of Khana Ratsadon in Lopburi and finds an answer as to why Khana Ratsadon during Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram's term considered Lopburi an important city, as well as the reason they chose Art Deco as a representation of their concept of ‘equality’.
7 Oct 2022
As a young student and researcher who has witnessed political and social change, I am struck by how such changes affect memory. Here, I am specifically interested in the impact of disappearing cultural materials linked to the Thai democratic revolution of 1932. These include the People’s Party Plaque, the Constitution Protection Monument Guard, and a number of other public memory sites. Some have survived but in a modified form.
5 Jul 2022
A bridge near the Khiakkai parliament complex was found over the weekend to have been renamed after a leader of the 1933 pro-monarchy Boworadet Rebellion.
29 Jun 2022
On Friday (24 June), Thais gathered to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 24 June 1932 Siamese Revolution, which marked the change from an absolute monarchy to a democracy whereby the King is bound by the Constitution and which is claimed to be the beginning of the path to democracy in Thailand.
3 Sep 2020
The activist group “Khon Kaen’s Had Enough” (ขอนแก่นพอกันที) published a letter from the Superintendent of Mueang Khon Kaen Police Station to the Khon Kaen city mayor stating that they received a complaint about recent protests in the city from a citizen who also petitioned to have the local Democracy Monument moved elsewhere.
26 Jun 2020
The 24 June 1932 democratic revolution has gained wide public attention on its 88th anniversary. State reaction to the people’s movement celebrating the revolution is based on suspicion and threats, while the military glorify the rebels who tried by force to reinstate the monarchy.
25 Jun 2020
The Student Union of Thailand (SUT) staged a rally yesterday evening (24 June) on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution with a reenactment of the declaration of the 1st People’s Party announcement, which was read at dawn on this day in 1932 to mark the end of the absolute monarchy in the country now known as Thailand.
25 Mar 2020
On Tuesday (24 March), an announcement was posted in the Royal Gazette stating that King Vajiralongkorn has approved a name change for two military bases in Lopburi, which were previously named after revolutionary leaders, renaming them after his parents.
29 Jan 2020
Statues dedicated to Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram and Phraya Phahonphonphayuhasena, military officers and leading members of the 1932 revolution which ended Thailand’s absolute monarchy, have gone missing as of last Sunday (26 January). The former site of the Phraya Phahonphonpayuhasena statue at the Fort Phaholyothin Artillery Centre
19 Dec 2019
The events at dawn on 24 June 1932 can be counted as a point that divided Thai history into 2 eras, the old and the new, the era of the absolute monarchy and the era of democracy. But this has disappeared from the record of history as it is taught in social studies, just as the inheritance left behind by the People’s Party (Khana Ratsadon) is gradually being destroyed.