11 July 2024

Police have removed the protesters’ democracy plaque from Sanam Luang, to be used as evidence against at least 16 protest leaders who are facing multiple charges, including lèse majesté, Royal Thai Police spokesman Pol Lt-Gen Piya Uthayo told the media on Monday.

He said that relevant charges would be filed against each individual, adding that those who “pulled the strings” behind the scenes of the weekend protest will also face charges.

He added that several complaints, including those of lèse majesté, have been received by the Chanasongkhram police, who have jurisdiction over the area.

Pol Maj-Gen Chiraphat Phumichit, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said that, after having received complaints from the Fine Arts Department and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), regarding the installation of the plaque in the ground of Sanam Luang by the protesters on Sunday, they went to where the plaque was mounted to investigate and decided to remove it, to be used as evidence against the protest leaders.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sathaporn Thiangtham, Director of the Archaeological Division of the Fine Arts Department, complained to the Chanasongkhram police that the protesters caused damage to Sanam Luang, an archaeological site, when they installed the plaque, and to an iron barricade and 92 locks.