Citizens file police complaint over missing plaque
A group of citizens on Wednesday filed a complaint at Dusit Police Station over the disappearance from the Royal Plaza of the historic plaque that marked the 1932 Siamese Revolution. The plaque was found to be missing last week, and a new one installed in its place with different wording.
The complaint, filed by Apisit Sapnapapan, said the act of taking the plaque away could be deemed a criminal offence under Article 31 of the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act. Under the Act, anyone found in wrongful possession of an antique was punishable with up to seven years of imprisonment or a Bt700,000 fine.
The act could also be deemed theft of public property, which violates Article 335 of the Criminal Code, the complainant said.
“The two offences are crimes and affect public sentiment," the complainant added. "I would like to file a complaint and request urgent investigation by officers and for them to preserve the plaque placed as a replacement as an evidence in the case."
A group of student activists and academics posted on the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights Facebook page on Monday, calling on the public to help reclaim the missing plaque.
They also planned to travel to the Royal Plaza, where the historic plaque has been replaced with a new one, for inspection, and then to Bangkok City Hall to file a petition calling for scrutiny of video footage from security cameras installed in the vicinity of the plaque.
The activists dispersed after filing the police complaint.