Oct 14, 1973 uprising remembered; true democracy urged

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BANGKOK, Oct 14 — At the event marking the Oct 14, 1973 democracy uprising, PM’s Office Minister Panadda Diskul encouraged the Thai people to join national reform activity that will lead to true democracy in the country.

Families of those who died in the uprising attended the government organised remembrance at the Oct 14, 1973 memorial at Khok Wua intersection today.

On behalf of the prime minister, Mr Panadda laid a wreath and spoke to honor the heroic demonstrators in the uprising incident.

Mr Panadda urged Thai people to praise the protest heroes for calling for good governance in the uprising.

He said the Thai people had experienced many crises because they were increasingly fighting to achieve constructive, participatory democracy that would finally promote unity.

He called for democracy that would not cause divisions and was not only verbal, but democracy to bring about happiness, prosperity and empathy as intended by the heroic Oct 14, 1973 demonstrators.

Representatives of many organizations attended the event, including Surachai Liengboonlertchai, vice president of the National Legislative Assembly, Amara Pongsapich, chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, and relatives of the demonstrators who died.

They also called for development of true democracy.

There are activities to mark the Oct 14, 1973 uprising all day long today.

In the morning there were religious ceremonies, as well as a discussion on the uprising and ongoing national reform was set at the Tha Phrachan campus of Thammasat University during  the afternoon.