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05BANGKOK1737 PEACEFUL PROTEST IN BANGKOK

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“28403”,”3/9/2005 9:43″,”05BANGKOK1737″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”UNCLASSIFIED”,””,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”UNCLAS BANGKOK 001737

 

SIPDIS

 

DEPT FOR DS COMMAND CENTER, DS/IP/EAP, DS/ITA

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: ASEC, TH, PHUM, Protest/Demonstration

SUBJECT: PEACEFUL PROTEST IN BANGKOK 03/08/2005

 

REF: RSO SPOT REPORT 03/08/2005

 

1. (U) SUMMARY: On 3/08/2005, approximately 35 individuals

staged a 30-minute peaceful protest at the US Embassy in

Bangkok. The protesters sought the return of an antique

royal headdress, currently on loan to an exhibit in San

Francisco, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United

States. This is the third such protest regarding the return

of the royal headdress in a week. Thai Police(RTP), Local

Guard Force(LGF), Surveillance Detection(SD), and Regional

Security Office(RSO) personnel were present during the

protest, which ended without incident. The group\’s leader

presented a letter to an Embassy official. Local print and

broadcast media were present. END SUMMARY.

 

2. (U) At approx. 0800 hrs, RTP informed the RSO that a

protest, by 35-40 people, was going to occur at 1100 hrs in

front of the US Embassy. Embassy personnel and facilities

were alerted by RSO. Marine Security Guards(MSG,s) and LGF

were placed on alert. SD personnel were dispatched to the

staging area to obtain information.

 

3. The group numbered 35 at its maximum and was lead by

Member of Parliament Chuwit Kamolvisit, a notorious (former

brothel owner) but popular member of the opposition Chart

Thai political party. The group demanded the return of an

Ayutthaya era royal headdress alleged to have been illegally

smuggled out of Thailand in the mid-1900\’s, now owned by the

Philadelphia Art Museum and on an exhibition in California.

 

4. This was the third demonstration in less than a week

regarding the return of the royal headdress. RTP and embassy

security were present throughout the demonstration. The

leader of the group spoke for approximately 15 minutes and

then presented a letter to an Embassy Political Officer. The

demonstrators were not violent nor did they conduct any acts

of civil disobedience. By 1215 hrs, the situation had

returned to normal.

BOYCE

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July 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

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