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Yellow shirts mark Chulalongkorn Day, vow to protect monarchy

Oct 23. 2020
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By THE NATION

Yellow-shirt royalists assembled at Bangkok’s Royal Plaza on Friday morning to commemorate Chulalongkorn Day, which marks the death anniversary of King Rama V.

The royalists were ex-vocational students, under the pro-royalist group calling themselves "Archeewa Pok Pong Sathaban" (vocational students to protect the institution). The representative of the group told the press that his group stands by the people, with the aim to protect the monarchy.

King Chulalongkorn is considered one of the greatest kings. He was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, the son of King Mongkut, or King Rama IV.

King Chulalongkorn ruled between 1868 and 1910. His reign was characterised by extensive social and economic development, such as the abolition of slavery and the import of western technological advancement into Siam.

Similar to the members of Archeewa group, some royalists paid their respects to the late monarch by placing wreaths on Friday at his Equestrian Statue in Bangkok.

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