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  • Tom 3:16 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Habitat, , Petchabun, politic, , , , Wat Phra Kaew   

    Sanam Luang – a shelter for homeless and displaced 

    Homeless at Sanam Luang

    Homeless at Sanam Luang

    Over the past several decades, Bangkok’s historic plaza Sanam Luang has witnessed Thailand’s major political changes. It also serves as venue for royal ceremonies and entertainment for the public. And in the time of an economic slump, Sanam Luang has also become a shelter for hundreds of homeless people. The city’s plaza means much more for many lives.

    Against the magnificent backdrop of the illuminated Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace, a great number of homeless and displaced hit the sacks around Sanam Luang night after night. (More …)

  • Tom 9:13 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: 2nd World War, Allies, , , , honorable, , , King Ananda Mahidol, , military, Movement, , , peace, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, politic, , , Seri Thai, , , , , , troops, , , ,   

    Thai Day of Peace, the Day against Wars 

    Seri Thai / Photo: sarakadee.com

    Seri Thai / Photo: sarakadee.com

    Thai Day of Peace is the day to commemorate the bravery of the Free Thai Movement Network or “Seri Thai” led by Thai political activist and intellect Pridi Banomyong during the 2nd World War.

    Earlier, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, then Prime Minister had signed an agreement with Japan and the Axis to make a war declaration against the US, the Great Britain, and the Allies on 25 January 1942. The Thai Government was obligated by the agreement to allow Japanese troops to march through the country and used military bases in Thailand to strike the Allies’ possessions in the region. Disagreeing with the Thai Government’s decisions, Mr Pridi built up the anti-Japanese underground Free Thai Movement Network in Thailand to establish contact with the Allies. The network secretly opposed the Thai Government under the leadership of Field Marshal Plaek and Japan’s movements in Thailand. (More …)

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