Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in under a day

BANGKOK — A plaque honoring fights for democracy in Thailand was eliminated from an imperial area less than 24 hours after being set up by anti-government protesters and has been filed as evidence in connection with a criticism from officials which its installment was prohibited, authorities said Monday.

The plaque was set up Sunday in Sanam Luang, the historical area in the capital in which tens of thousands of people rallied peacefully over the weekend. The two-day protest was the biggest this year by protesters that are calling for fresh election reform and s of the monarchy.

An officer in a nearby police station stated the administration’s Fine Arts Department and the Bangkok city authorities registered a complaint that protesters had ruined an archaeological site and”handed the plaque to be utilized as evidence”

“They’re the responsible agencies across the region since it’s a public place registered within an archaeological website,” said the officer, authorities Supt. Work Pitsitbannakorn. “They reported that the harm to us and we’ll need to ascertain which laws are violated.” He explained that the two agencies were responsible for taking away the plaque but that authorities were present as witnesses for lawful reasons.

Sanam Luang is a designated royal website close to Bangkok’s Grand Palace that before the past couple of years were available to everybody. The plaque was set up in part of the dirt area that was cemented over a few decades back.

The snow was a symbolic substitute for one strangely torn out of the sidewalk and removed 3 decades back. That plaque, situated at a plaza in a different component of Bangkok’s senior center, admired the 1932 revolution which saw the army induce a shift from absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.

The new round brass plaque has been set up Sunday by activists who left a hole at the Sanam Luang sidewalk and held a brief religious ceremony.

“In the dawn of Sept. 20, this is the point where the people today state this country belongs to the public,” read part of this inscription.

Student demonstration pioneer Parit”Penguin” Chirawak, that had been one of those who set up the plaque, stated that its elimination didn’t matter.

“What’s the plaque, and its message was set up in the public’s hearts,” Parit said Monday as he led to the prosecutors’ office to take care of legal fees stemming from prior protests.

The protesters’ needs, such as restricting the king’s powers, setting tighter controls on palace financing, and permitting open discussion of their monarchy, are contentious since the monarchy is deemed sacrosanct in Thailand. The activists are believed particularly daring since there’s a brutal lese majeste law mandating a three- to 15-year prison sentence to defaming the royal association.

Authorities said Monday they had been looking at signs since they believed many different crimes where the protesters may be billed.

A spokesperson for the federal police force, Lt. Gen. Piya Utayo, told me that thousands of novels that they captured before they are distributed in the rally could be analyzed for illegal material. He said authorities were looking at video clips of addresses by the rally to ascertain whether the lese majeste law was violated.

Authorities said they’d check the facts before they could accept it.