PM pays respect to King Rama V on Memorial Day

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BANGKOK, 23 October 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra led members of her cabinet to pay respect to the Equestrian Statue of King Rama V at the Royal Plaza to mark King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day.

In her capacity as the Defense Minister, PM Yingluck was also accompanied by military and police commanders as well as civil servants under related units during the wreath laying ceremony at the Equestrian Statue. Members of the Opposition Democrat Party led by Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva were also present to commemorate the important occasion.

Around 500 demonstrators affiliated with the Network of Students and People for Thailand’s Reform travelled from their stronghold at Uruphong intersection to the Royal Plaza to pay respect to the late revered monarch amid heavy security presence.

King Chulalongkorn Day commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V. His Majesty led several major reforms in Thailand, particularly in the areas of education, military affairs, railway and social mobility.