via The Nation, 21 September 2020: Bangkok saw its biggest protests against the government in years over the weekend at Sanam Luang, the royal field outside the grand palace. Protestors installed a brass plaque – the original plaque which commemorated the end of absolute monarchy disappeared mysteriously in 2017 – which has led to the Fine Arts Department lodging a police report over damage to an archaeological site.
The Fine Arts Department has filed a police complaint against protesters for allegedly damaging a historic site.
The department is taking issue with the demonstrators for installing a plaque, which was tantamount to trespassing Sanam Luang, and a violation of the Archaeological Site Act.
Entering Sanam Luang and doing activities such as installing a plaque are an offence under Historical Sites, Archaeological Objects, Art Objects and National Museum Act 1961, Prateep Phengtako, the department’s director-general, said on Monday.