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Red Shirt MP Korkaew has bail revoked, Heavy Restrictions for Other 4

On Friday afternoon, a Criminal Court in Bangkok revoked the bail of Red Shirt MP Korkaew Pikulthong. Along with 23 other Red Shirts, Korkaew is set to stand trial next month for “terrorism” charges. His bail was revoked due to a violation of his original bail conditions that occurred during a speech he made outside of the Parliament building earlier this summer.

Korkaew has been taken to Laksi Prison and is likely to remain there until the 21st of December, when the parliamentary session resumes. The judge upheld the bail of four other Red Shirt MPs, including Dr Weng, Karun, Nattawut and Wophuthalaeng, but under restrictive terms. They are no longer allowed to speak on stage or travel overseas.

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Government Must Act on ICC, Constitution, and Amnesty- UDD

On Friday, UDD leaders called on the government to move on 3 burning issues that would strengthen democracy and reconciliation in Thailand: International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction, amending the constitution, and granting amnesty to political prisoners, excluding leaders.

Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan argued that the government is still under threat from anti-democratic forces and must act immediately on granting the ICC jurisdiction over the military crackdown of spring 2010.

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Red Shirt MPs Bail Decision on Friday, “Terrorism” Trial Postponed

On Thursday, 5 Red Shirt MPs presented themselves at Ratchada Criminal Court to determine whether they acted in violation of their bail terms earlier this year during public speeches made while the Constitutional Court was considering the legality of the government’s planned charter amendments.

Korkaew Pikulthong, Dr Weng Tojirakarn, Karun Hosakul, Wophuthalaeng Pattanaphumthai, and Nattawut Saikuar, will return to court on Friday afternoon when the judge could decide to revoked their bail. Korkaew was asked to submit to further questioning in the morning.

The 5 MPs are part of a group of 24 Red Shirts who face “terrorism” charges for alleged conduct during the April-May protests in 2010. The trial was also set to start today but was postponed till the 13th of December because one of the accused was too ill to attend.

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CRES Killed Red Shirt on May 15th 2010- Court

At Bangkok’s Ratchada Court on Monday, a judge ruled that Red Shirt Channarong Ponsrila was killed by soldiers acting under the authority of the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), that was created and managed by the government of Abhisit Vejjajiva during the Red Shirt protests in April-May 2010. The judge cited extensive eyewitness testimony which clearly stated that the two bullets that hit Channarong came from the direction of soldiers.

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As Pitak Siam Falls Apart, Government Must Strengthen Democracy- UDD

The UDD leadership held a press conference after General Boonlert announced the end of the Pitak Siam rally shortly after 5pm on Saturday. The leadership urged Thai people to stand united behind Thailand’s democratically elected government and push forward with amending the constitution, achieving justice for the victims of 2010, and granting amnesty to political prisoners of all stripes.

While Pitak Siam had originally called for an unprecedented 1 million-strong rally, today’s estimated turn out was a modest 20,000 protesters. Tida pointed to the low figure as proof that the Thai people do not support the extreme right-wing movement and its stated mission of ousting the current Pheu Thai government.

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UDD Leaders Urge Red Shirts to Stay Disciplined and United

At an informal gathering today, UDD leaders spoke to Red Shirt activists about developments in Saturday’s Pitak Siam rally. They once again urged Red Shirts to stay away from the ongoing rally in Bangkok and thanked the police for their handling of the protests which have remained stable.

Most importantly, Red Shirts were urged to stay calm and steer clear of any situations that could lead to riots or violence.

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Pitak Siam and the NACC- UDD Lawyer Assesses Risk of Coup

UDD lawyer Robert Amsterdam posted an article on his blog outlining the threat of a coup by the Thai elites in light of this weekend’s rally by right-wing group Pitak Siam. Particular attention should be paid to paragraph discussing the powers of the Senate and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to impeach the Prime Minister and other members of parliament:

As of its latest proclamation, the anti-democracy movement Pitak Siam stated that the goal of its November 24 demonstration in Bangkok is to force the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Even Pitak Siam knows that a government elected by large margins less than eighteen months ago will not find a demonstration of (at best) a few tens of thousands of people a compelling enough reason to resign, especially given its robust majority in parliament and strong support in opinion polls. The idea that a small minority should trump the will of the majority of the electorate does not wash in twenty-first century Thailand. This is not your great-grandfather’s old Siam.

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UDD Calls on Red Shirts to Steer Clear of Pitak Siam

At the press conference earlier today, the UDD leadership reaffirmed that Red Shirts should stay away from Saturday’s rally by the anti-democratic organisation Pitak Siam, and pay close attention to UDD leaders Tida, Jatuporn, and Nattawut who could call on Red Shirts to gather if the situation deteriorates completely. 

In a press release issued today, the UDD states that the Pitak Siam rally is fundamentally anti-democratic, as it wants to overthrow the government that the majority of the Thai people voted into power through the democratic process.

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