A student group from Chulalongkorn University are calling for a statue of Thai revolutionary and leftist writer Chit Phumisak on the 90th anniversary of his birth later this month.
Chit was killed by the Thai state for his writing, pamphlets, and translations which the government of the time viewed as a threat to the state and supportive of communism.
He was the first person to translate the Communist Manifesto into Thai and he was highly critical of Thai military dictatorships at a time when the Cold War was spilling over into South East Asia. Thailand’s military dictatorship at the time were supported by the United States.
Eventually, he was disappeared by the state but not before they tried to destroy his character by calling him a homosexual, an anti-monarchist, and a communist agent.
Students say that Chit’s statue would not only commemorate his memory but serve as a point of solidarity between those struggling for democracy against continued military interference into politics.
The statue would also commemorate other activists and dissidents who were disappeared by the Thai state, most notably Wanchalearm Satsakit who was abducted from his apartment in Cambodia in June.