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    Recreating the Past

    Thai army holds ceremony countering pro-democracy protesters view of history

    Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat
    June 25, 2020, 4:52 PM GMT+7

    FILE PHOTO: Demonstration to demand for change in the constitution on the 88th anniversary of a revolt that ended absolute monarchy in Bangkok By Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's army has joined the debate over history and democracy in the Southeast Asian nation by holding a ceremony on the same day that pro-democracy demonstrations were held at memorials to the 1932 revolution that ended centuries of absolute monarchy.

    A military statement seen by Reuters on Thursday confirmed that army officials had honoured leaders of a failed 1933 insurrection known as Boworadet Rebellion in a ceremony inside the army headquarters in Bangkok.

    The disputes over history come as more Thais are speaking out against a military-dominated political system and as monuments to the 1932 establishment of democracy, including the one celebrating victory over the Boworadet Rebellion, have been mysteriously removed from public spaces.

    The military has cited protection of the monarchy as justification for staging coups in 2006 and in 2014. Having led the junta that replaced a democratically-elected government in 2014, former army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha remained prime minister following a disputed election last year.

    Historians have commonly described the Boworadet Rebellion - named after a prince who led it - as an attempt to re-establish the absolute monarchy, but the army statement said that it was opposing "dictatorial" governance.

    Officially a constitutional monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn is a powerful figure for whom the constitution commands reverence. Insulting the king is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

    The army statement described the establishment of constitutional monarchy and parliament in 1932 as "a coup that toppled the monarchy".
    "The courage and sacrifice of Prince Boworadet and Phraya Si Sitthisongkhram deserved to be praised for their role in protecting the monarchy with loyalty and for wanting the country to maintain a true democratic system," the statement said.

    This alternative narrative is product of conservative forces who have been seeking since the late 1950s to recast the role of the king, according to some historians.

    "This is an attempt by the army to create a new version of history," said Charnvit Kasetsiri, a prominent Thai historian.
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    "This is an attempt by the army to create a new version of history," said Charnvit Kasetsiri, a prominent Thai historian.
    All the other versions are banned here.

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    Even the conservative BKK Post is beginning to question the army..


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    No surprise here, history is written by the victors, and it's only natural that having legitimised themselves, if only from their own pov, the junta intend to rewrite Thai history.

    Maybe sometime in the future new victors will come along to rewrite something closer to what actually happened, but that's unlikely when those in power are also paranoid and easily moved to judicial and physical violence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Even the conservative BKK Post is beginning to question the army..
    ...the Bangkok Post is chained to a radiator in an abandoned building...it has no choice but to mince words if it wants to keep publishing...

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    Too many revisionist historians and their perspectives.
    ....and not one side or the other gets it correct.

    Where do we go from here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Too many revisionist historians and their perspectives.
    ....and not one side or the other gets it correct.

    Where do we go from here?
    Based on history, round in fucking circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Where do we go from here?

    emmm Back to your gaff for a toke?
    Ok Iím wrong

    Whatís the right answer?

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