Veteran Day Ceremony Cancelled By Protests

A flame eater performing at protest site in Pathumwan Intersection, 30 January 2014

(30 January) Due to ongoing anti-government protests, the ceremony for Veteran Day will not be held at Victory Monument this year.

Col. Paphathip Sawangsaeng, spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence, said there won′t be any honourary parade or laying of wreaths at the Monument on the Veteran Day, which falls on 3 February each year, as supporters of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) are still camping around the area.
 
PCAD has been occupying a number of key intersections and landmarks across Bangkok as a part of their "Shutdown Bangkok" campaign. 
 
However, despite the cancellation of the main event, some religious events commemorating the veterans and their spirits will proceed as usual on 24 January to 3 February, Col. Paphatip said.
 
Officials from the War Veterans Organisation of Thailand Under Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King are also instructed to visit veterans who are staying at Veterans General Hospital and Phra Mongkut Klao Hospital, the spokesman added.
 
Furthermore, the sales of Poppies, which cost 20 baht each, will still take place as usual to raise money for the charity fund supporting war veterans and their families. 
 
 

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