The event began in the early morning with religious rites and merit-making for victims who lost their lives in the student-led political demonstration on Oct 14, 1973.
Wreaths were then laid at the monument while tributes were read for those killed in the pro-democracy protest 40 years ago.
After a wreath-laying ceremony, the people marched to Thammasat University's main auditorium where a number of activities were being held.
One of the activities scheduled was that Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang would deliver a speech and a lecture on this occasion.
Regarding the October 14, 1973 uprising, a survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll among 1,408 persons found that 82.72 per cent of poll respondents knew about the incident as it was a major pro-democracy demonstration in the country’s history and always pointed out as a lesson for the country.
Meanwhile, 51.82 per cent of respondents indicated they were quite interested in the incident and wanted to learn more about facts, explaining that the uprising is always referred to and compared to other political protests.