At the event “19 May, To Commemorate the Heroes and the Call for Justice” on Sunday, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) “Red throughout the land” issued a statement to explain why more than 100,000 thousands (an actual figure from our registration records) of Red Shirts came out en masse to commemorate the fallen heroes who so unjustly died 3 years ago and to state the UDD position on four issues:
1. We want to express our deepest gratitude and respect for the heroes who have lost their lives in our fight to bring power to the people and in our struggle for true democracy in Thailand.
We, the living, will keep on fighting for this noble cause and we will not stop until we will have succeeded in order to make sure that these lives were not lost in vain.
2. We are asking for justice for the fallen heroes, for the people who were injured in the crackdown, and for the people who were wrongly incarcerated by the prejudicial judiciary system. The government and the people have to show the world that justice still exists here in Thailand by bringing in the culprit who ordered the crackdown on a peaceful gathering of protestors that ended in bloodshed.
Proper rule of law must exist for Thailand to survive future political catastrophe.
3. We are here to show our stand against any form of coup d’etat (judicial & military) and to continue to pursue the ideals of democratic heroes in the past while ensuring an egalitarian Thai society for the future generation.
4. We are here to show our firm determination to get rid of any negative repercussion that was caused by previous coup d’état in the past such as the 2006 constitution and other laws that were forced onto the people by the coup council. We are asking the Legislative and the Executive Branches of the government that derived their legitimacy from the people to use their authority to amend the constitution in order to deliver a new and truly democratic constitution to the people.
We also want to ask the Executive Branch to introduce an emergency decree that will grant amnesty for political prisoners of all colored shirts, excluding the co-leaders. However, the culprit who ordered the killing of more than 90 peaceful protestors must be punished to the full extent of the law so that this hideous crime will never again be committed in the future.
No more Thais should ever again be shot down in the streets for their political interest.
Asso. Prof. Tida Tawonseth, President of the UDD.
May 19, 2013