Authorities bulldoze Buriram’s historic Constitutional monument

When authorities decided to shred the most-recent-of-many constitutions, someone took things a little too far in Buriram.

A decades-old monument erected in the 1930s to Thailand’s first Constitution was smashed into rubble this morning by demolition crews, with provincial officials saying it was to impove traffic flow.

It bears repeating: This was in Buriram, where people are more likely to complain about murderous ghosts and dead-kitten sausages than traffic congestion.

Khaosod English reports the monument was part of a PR-campaign to promote the nation’s bloodless transition to parliamentary democracy and quotes a university student watching its destruction today:

“I feel really sad that the monument is gone. I have seen it since I was a child,” said Supranee Kumram. “But if the officials think it will benefit the public, I guess I don’t have any rights to dispute that.”

No notice or announcement was made prior to the demolition, an irony that didn’t go unnoticed.

“We call it Democracy Monument,” an unnamed resident said. “It’s like the symbol of our province.”

Photo: Khaosod English


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