An anti-coup movement, officially named the Organisation of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FT-HD), was launched on Tuesday with former Pheu Thai party leader and former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan as its secretary-general. Jakrapob Penkair, fugitive former Prime Minister’s Office minister, is its secretary.
The timing of the official launch of the movement in exile coincided with the 1932 Revolution, a historic event 82 years ago when a group of young Western-educated military officers and bureaucrats staged a bloodless coup to change the country’s ruling system from an absolute to constitutional monarchy.
The two founding members of the FT-HD and probably the brains behind the movement might want to convey a message to members of the public and others that they share the same political ideology and aspirations with the progressive-minded revolutionaries eight decades ago. Hence the deliberate choice of the term "Seri Thai", or Free Thai in English, to lend credibility to the organisation in exile.
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