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Thida Thavornseth Discusses the Recent Rally Held on 5-7 of April

We are happy with the recent rally on 5-7 of April at Aksa Road (at Puttamonton intersection). We were very satisfied with the level of success achieved regarding the quantitative and qualitative goals of citizens who gathered en mass on those three days. However, we still need to improve more in terms of coordination and in providing all the necessary types of facilities for the large number of people on-hand.

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In terms of facilitating safety, there are volunteer guards from many provinces that come to join the many thousands of people. This is something that will help provide more care for safety and will greatly improve various other services for the people attending the rallies. All these things we must improve, including our role as core regional leaders and our allied roles on stage at rallies. We also need to improve the quality of shows and on-stage speeches. All of these improvements won’t be easy because the organizational attributes, traditional practices, historical struggles of our group, along with the large number of leaders and differing ideologies among members within the UDD. Some have created various different new organizations. Therefore, UDD must use the collective type of leadership as a way to drive the rallies.

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First aid and ambulatory facilities, restroom facilities, traffic and transportation systems, and a food services system will all be evaluated and subsequently improved so that all these systems can operate sufficiently. These improvements are all being done in an effort to prepare solutions in future rallies, which will likely be serious and will last for an extended period of time.
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The author feels really pleased that we are capable of joining together and expressing our political goals, political commitment, and our viewpoint as a group. Our principles are to fight by acting with dignity. We wish to have an aggressive manner of fighting politically, but without the use of violence and avoiding any conflicts or confrontation with the PDRC (People’s Democratic Reform Committee). Basically, despite disagreement from various political groups, we decided to “step in” and show ourselves in Bangkok (to show that we haven’t gone away). We feel this is what members of the Red shirts want at the current time. Meanwhile, we must continue to be responsible for the safety and security of everyone involved. We want to reiterate that we must not give up or surrender, nor can we afford to fall into the trap of engaging ourselves in naïve types of risky behavior. We’ve accomplished this to a certain level thus far. However, we must be very careful and must do better; because the larger fight awaits us in the future.

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From our large rallies at Rajamangala Stadium and more recently at Aksa Road (at Puttamonton intersection), we are now showing the world that we are really not violent. UDD is not the group using violence at all. We are the complete opposite of the other group. Our opposition group, which wants to topple the current government and destroy democracy, are acting as political thugs; and have openly and clearly been using weapons and violence whilst repeatedly bashing the UDD with daily insults and unwarranted vilification of our group.

We believe there will be larger rallies to occur in the near future. These rallies will supplement our current success, and will make our rallies greater in size than ever before!!!

Thida Thavornseth
8 April 2014

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UDD rally at Aksa Road, April 5-7th, 2014

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At the beginning of this month, the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has staged a rally as a preparation to show support for democracy on April 5-7th, 2014 at Aksa Road, Thawi Wattana district, Bangkok.

Around 200,000 Red Shirts demonstrators have participated at the rally and the organization is overwhelmed by the supports that were shown by our brothers and sisters of the Red Shirts.

Thida Thavonseth, co-leader of the UDD said she is pleased with the turnout of the supporters and believe that the organization has learned many things that can be used to improve the next UDD gathering such as, medical care, sanitation, transportation, and the availability of foods and waters.
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Red Shirts Rally in Pattaya – 22/03/14

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50,000 Red Shirts have joined the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally to support democracy in Pattaya on March 22, 2014.

The rally was staged at Khao Talo, South Pattaya, in Chonburi province where all prominent members of the organization, including the origination new chairman, Jatuporn Promphan, UDD secretary general, Nattuwut Saikua and ex-chairwomen Thida Tawonseth.

Most of the supporters that have attended the rally on Saturday are Red Shirts from the surrounding provinces of Chonuri, Bangkok and many other central provinces. Students from various universities also joined the rally in protest of independent organization’s actions and to raise awareness of democratic values.
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UDD rally in Chiang Mai – 08/03/14

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On Saturday, March 8, 2013. The United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has staged a rally in Chiang Mai province to show support for democracy.

50,000 UDD supporters from 17 provinces in the north have joined the rally at Chiang Mai’s International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Addressing the crowd at the rally, Thida Tavonseth, president of the UDD said the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) are coining out rumours and are accusing the Red Shirts supporters for being a separatists because they can no longer find other excuse to prolong their protest.
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Declaration against Separation of State by the UDD-Red in the Land

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Bangkok, March 5,2014.

According to the news that Red Shirts in the North and the North East wanted to secede from the country and that the Third Army had filed a complaint against Mr. Pechrawat and the PPS Lanna group, the Third Army unilaterally interpreted that SPP meant “Socialist People’s Republic”. The Third Army drew their own conclusions that the group wanted to change the regime in Thailand from a democratic system under the Constitutional Monarchy to one of a Socialist Republic.

This is contrary to reality. In fact, PPS actually means “Assembly for the Defense of Democracy in Lanna” which refers to the group of people who are defending a Democratic System in the North (Lanna). This group also supports the democratic system with the election of Members of Parliament. The fact is that the PDRC purposely slandered the UDD and the Red Shirts.
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UDD Proposals and Objectives from the Sounding of the Battle Drum Congress in Korat

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CORRECTION : 26/02/14 12:45

The following are the collective proposals of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) which have been proposed by all ranks of the organization’s leaderships as objectives and respond against threats that are being post by antidemocratic groups and led by Suthep’s People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Theses proposals and objectives have not been approved by the core-members and a committee will be set up to analysis these suggestions and formalized it according to the current situation and our Modus operandi which concentrate on nonviolence approach.

10,000 UDD co-leaders, coordinators, and supporters met on February 23, 2014, in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) to discuss on the immediate objectives and plans of the organization during the current political conflict. Each provincial leaders have compiled suggestions from supporters in their province and was allow to present it on stage to the supporters that came from other provinces.

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UDD’s Sounding of the Battle Drums Congress

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United front of Democracy against Dictator will stage the “UDD’s Sounding of the Battle Drums” Congress in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) on February 23, 2014 to signal the start of the retaliation against forces which seek to destroy the country’s democracy.

Around 4,000 of UDD’s regional and provincial coordinators along with the organization’s core members will meet at Liptapunlop Hall inside His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Sports Complex to discuss on the organization’s objectives and tactics against Suthep’s antidemocratic mobs.

UDD urged supporters to wear red once again for this symbolic event.
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Injured from Lak Si Shooting in Need of Financial Help

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Arkaew Saelew lay motionless before he was rescued (right) the unknown hero

Daughter of the elderly man, who was shot in pre-election violence, is in need of financial help after learning that her father is paralysed from his gunshot wound.

71 year old, Arkaew Saelew, was shot in the neck by unidentified assailants during a shooting in Lak Si district, on February 1, 2014. He was a demonstrator who had joined the Red Shirts protest in support of the election on 2 February at IT Square department store.

Arkaew was shot at the back of his neck in front of IT Square department store and laid there motion less for more than half an hour during the shooting before he was rescued by a brave bystander. He was then transferred to Viparvadee hospital where doctors successfully removed the bullet from his neck but unfortunately, the bullet has damaged his central nerve and now he is paralysed from the neck down.
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