Student group calls for statue of Thai revolutionary Chit Phumisak to mark the continuing struggle for democracy

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.

Advertisement -

COVID-19

Phuket Governor was not informed of Chinese arrivals in Phuket next week

The Phuket Governor said on Wednesday that he had not been officially informed about the first group...
Advertisement -
Advertisement -

Latest article

Opinion: If Thaksin’s son-in-law becomes leader then Pheu Thai will have failed to evolve, again

Thailand’s largest opposition party pHeu Thai is due to select a new leader on Thursday with many tipping THaksin Shinawatra’s son-in-law Nuttaphong...

Thaksin’s son-in-law tipped to be the next leader of Pheu Thai Party

Nuttaphong Kunakornwong, the son-in-law of exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is tipped to be the next leader of Pheu Thai, sources inside the...

Miss Universe Thailand favorite Cheraim Chayathanus disqualified for spying

Miss Universe Thailand 2020 (MUT) favorite Chayathanus ‘Cheraim’ Saradatta has been disqualified from the race after it was revealed that her manager...

Economy to contract by 8.5 per cent in second half with new tourist arrivals not helping

The Thai economy has “slightly” improved in August, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) said on Wednesday.The improvement was...

Phuket Governor was not informed of Chinese arrivals in Phuket next week

The Phuket Governor said on Wednesday that he had not been officially informed about the first group of 150 Chinese tourists that...