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Investigation began on the 6 corpses found inside Pathumwan Temple grounds

Slide102On May 12, 2013, a hearing took place at the Bangkok Criminal Court on the investigation and autopsy reports concerning 6 corpses found inside the Pathumwan Temple grounds. These victims were shot dead during the government suppression of the UDD protest on May 19, 2010.  During the hearing the prosecutor brought in witnesses from the Forensic Department who were present at the crime scene to provide expert advice to the court.

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Various Concepts of Different Mobs

ATPTRS have translated Asso. Prof. Tida Thawonseth comments on the “Look Back and Glance Forward for Democracy” show which was broadcasted on Asia Update Channel every Friday – Saturday from 21:00pm – 22:00pm. On last week show, Saturday 11 May 2013, Mrs. Tida explained the differences between various group that are currently protesting in Bangkok and the reason why they are here.

Asso. Prof. Tida Thavonsate believed that the ‘Alliance of Thai Patriots (ATP)’ is a “seriously well connected” group because they were able to use ‘Sanam Luang’ (the royal field in front of the palace) to staged their demonstration and they are undeniably the “new ground forces of the Am-mart (elite bureaucrats)”.

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Dr. Weng comment on Democrat Party press conference

wengFrom Dr. Weng Tojiragarn facebook page on May 8th 2013

Dr. Weng’s have pointed out on his facebook page the four “big fat lies” that have been told by the Democrat Party at their press conference on May 8th 2013. The detail of Dr. Weng’s post have been translated by TRS and are presented here as follow;
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Korkaew Out on Bail

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At 16:00 pm today (10/5/13), co-leader of the UDD, Mr. Korkaew Phikulthong was released on bail from Lak-si prison by the authority of the Ratchada Criminal Court with a surety of 600,000 baht as collateral.

Mr. Korkaew, a Pheu Thai Party list MP, was charged with contempt against the Constitution Court judges and was detained for 31 days before he was temporary released on the conditions that he must not appear on any rally stage and he cannot travel abroad without the court permission. Many of the UDD co-leader went to congratulate Mr. Korkeaw for his released at Lak-si prison including, UDD President Tida Thawonsate, Mr. Vipoothalang Patthanaphomthai, Mr. Nisit Sinthupri and Mr. Yotsawaris Chu-grom.

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Democracy Update 8/5/13: UDD Leader Tida Joins Parliamentarians in Denouncing Constitutional Court Judges

DSCF3002 On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Thanawut Vichaidit addresed Red Shirt supporters at the press conference of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), reminding them of the importance of the event to be held on May 19.  He urged them to show up at the rally en masse to commemorate the heroes of democracy, victims of violent state suppressive acts and to show those who committed these acts that their crimes are not easily forgotten.

At the event, there will be several exhibitions in honor of those who died, especially exhibitions of photographic evidence of the military crackdown in the Rachaprasong area.  There will also be speeches by various prominent UDD leaders.

At the press conference, UDD President Tida Thavonsate reiterated her support for the 312 members of Parliament, of both House and Senate, who had denounced the intervention of the Constitutional Court judges to block the amendment of the constitution.  The parliamentarians believe that Section 291 of the Constitution is undemocratic and that members of the Senate should be elected and not appointed.

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Democracy Update 1/5/13

At the UDD’s weekly press conference last Wednesday, Red Shirt leaders expressed their strong support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on April 29th. In her address to the Conference of the Community of Democracies, PM Yingluck explained how the military coup of 2006 and the mechanisms put in place by the 2007 Constitution have severely handicapped Thai democracy. She also praised the Red Shirts who gathered in April-May 2010 as fighters for democracy.

UDD leader Tida Tawornseth said,

The timing, the place, and the speaker were all perfect. The speaker was perfect because it was the Prime Minister who made the speech as the representative of the people. The speech was also perfectly suited for a democracy forum…What she said was the truth and the whole world knows it!

PM Yingluck’s speech also invigorated a small 3-week long Red Shirt protest that has been taking placing outside the Constitutional Court and is expected to climax in a much larger demonstration on Wednesday, May 8th. The group is calling for the resignation of Constitutional Court judges after they agreed to consider yet another petition on the constitutionality of the charter amendments that are currently being debated by parliament. In so doing, the protesters believe that the Court is impeding the legislative branch from performing its functions and thereby violating the separation of powers principal.

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Somyot Calls on Prime Minister Yingluck for Amnesty, Bail Rights

In a letter dated April 9th, political prisoner Somyot Prueksakasemsuk calls on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to focus her government’s energy on making political prisoners a thing of the past in Thailand. His appeal for amnesty, among others, has gained traction in the Pheu Thai party which decided to put amnesty at the top of the legislative agenda. While the move is encouraging, the parliamentary process is likely to be a prolonged battle with Democrat Party members who oppose amnesty for all political prisoners, especially lèse majesté (112) prisoners such as Somyot.  

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Consequently, Somyot emphasizes the importance of ensuring bail rights for political prisoners awaiting trial or in the appeal process. Having been denied bail 14 times already, Somyot is all too familiar with the unconstitutional treatment of 112 prisoners.

The letter reads as follows [English Translation]: 

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