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The Nation : Want the truth about Thailand? Look abroad

unTaken from nationmultimedia.com, an article called “Want the truth about Thailand? Look abroad” by Pravit Rojanaphruk published on June 12 2013.

While things appear calm on the surface, one revealing fact about the ongoing debate about the role of the monarchy surfaced last week when Prachatai.com online newspaper reported that Army Ranger Unit 45’s Special Task Force had been busy engaging in cyber ‘warfare’.

It said the force boasted of being the most prolific Army unit in posting online messages praising the monarchy and retaliating against those deemed as defaming the institution.
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Khoa Sod : Relatives Of 2010 Crackdown Victims Protest Amnesty Bill

khaosod june 11Taken from Khoasod.co.th, an article called “Relatives Of 2010 Crackdown Victims Protest Amnesty Bill” by Khaosod Online on 12 June 2013.

(11 June) Family members of 20 people killed during the military crackdown on Redshirts protests in April-May 2010 gathered in front of the Government House in central Bangkok today to voice their opposition to draft of so-called Reconciliation Bill that will grant amnesty to those responsible for the operation.
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Prachatai : Somyot’s wife submits letter on press freedom to World Newspaper Association

Taken from prachatai.com, an article called “Somyot’s wife submits letter on press freedom to World Newspaper Association” by Takato Mitsunaga, on Fri, 07/06/2013.

(6 June 2013) Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk, the wife of magazine editor Somyot who is serving an 11 year jail sentence, submitted an open letter from her husband to Jacob Mathew, President of the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) during the 65th World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and Jacob Mathew

Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and Jacob Mathew


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Asia Sentinel : Thailand’s Toothless Human Rights Commission

NhrcTaken from an article called “Thailand’s Toothless Human Rights Commission” written by Pokpong Lawansiri on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 that was published by asiasentinel.com

Three years later, there is still no report on the April-May 2010 violence

During the administration of the then-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) was dubbed the most helpful and most relevant independent agency in the eyes of ordinary Thais. That is no longer true.
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Khao Sod Online : Activists Fly Red Kites Over Sanam Luang

somyotTaken from Khaosod Online on 09 June 2013

(8 June) Around 100 activists and Redshirts attended the gathering at Sanam Luang (Royal Field) in Bangkok organized by “24 June Democracy” group today.

Some participants brought red-colored kites with political messages, such as demand for release of political prisoners, while some others bought the kites from local vendors and wrote the messages on the kites. Sanam Luang has long been a popular site for kite-flying.

Ms. Suwanna Tarnlek, coordinator of “24 June Democracy” group said that the event is a friendly campaign calling for release of political prisoners, especially Mr. Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, who is currently serving his sentence for lese majeste. She said it was not a political rally and she had no intention to challenge the Bangkok Authorities.
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Who burnt down Central World?

central worldAt the Army press conference on May 23rd 2013, Army spokesman Col. Winthai Suwaree tried to clarify reports that soldiers were hampering the fire teams’ efforts to enter Central World department store to extinguish the flames in May 2010. He claimed that it was just a misunderstanding. The reason the fire response teams led by Pol.Lt.Col. Choompol Boonprayoon (fire hazard adviser to the Central World department store) were unable to enter the building was because they assumed that they were denied entry by a group of people who were dressed like soldiers but were not soldiers.Col. Winthai said “it could have been anybody” because it is common for anybody to dress like soldiers. Some protestors arrested during the crackdown,were also dressed like soldiers.
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