Being Alert to the Country’s Problems and Demanding a Constitution Prior to the October 14th, 1973 Political Uprising
By 1973, Chulalongkorn students and those from other universities were much more alert to politics. It was remarkable that they organized discussions on the topics related to the country’s problems as well as writing more and publishing books about these problems. One important incident occurred when the Centre of Students in Thailand submitted a request to the government to have the Constitution promulgated within 6 months, resulting in 13 members of the “Group Demanding the Constitution” being arrested on rebellion charges. Some of these members were former Chulalongkorn Students. These arrests sparked protests against the government at Thammasat University. Administrative members of Chulalongkorn University Students’ Club agreed to support the protests, urging Chulalongkorn students to boycott examinations and to take part in the demonstrations. They gathered in the area around the University flag pole and marched to join other protesters at Thammasat University. The situation rapidly became critical and developed into the October Political Uprising.