PM bans state agencies from removing portraits

PM bans state agencies from removing portraits

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has prohibited all government agencies from removing previously installed portraits of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in public places until further notice.

No state agency may remove pictures of the late monarch or those of Her Majesty the Queen and must ensure they are in good condition, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

However, government offices are requested to change messages under the King's portraits from the old ones such as "Long live the King" to expressing condolences or re-decorate the portraits with black and white ribbons, he said.

"The newly decorated portraits must be put up right after the old portraits are removed, without delay," he said.

"All state agencies are required to strictly follow this order."

Lt Gen Sansern reiterated that the government never ordered the removal of the portraits or banned the King's pictures as claimed by some users on social media.

He called on the users to refrain from sharing such information or other unverified news, saying that inquiries should be directed to the 1111 hotline or public offices.

Earlier, some people raised questions in social media after they saw officials removing portraits of the King after his death.

However, the government insisted it had never issued such an order.

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