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UDD Press Conference on 17th July 2013

UDD LogoAt the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) Press Conference on 17th July 2013, Thanawut Wichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, told the press that the independent organizations and the justice departments in Thailand are acting like confused “schizophrenics”who know nothing else but to slander back and forth among themselves.

Thanawut’s anger was also aimed at the Pheu Thai-led administration for ignoring the Red Shirt requests made to various governmental bodies. “These requests are grievances coming directly from the people,” Thanawut said. He further urged the government to try and listen to the UDD demands because they represent the demands of the people. He reminded the Pheu Thai-led government that brothers and sisters of the Red Shirts used to fight alongside them and their pleas deserve to be heard.

The Red Shirts demands remain the same;

1. Vote “pass” on the third reading for the charter Amendment Bill of Article 291

2. Cabinet approval of the Emergency Amnesty Decree for all political prisoners, except the co-leaders (Samut Prakarn MP Worachai Hema’s Amnesty Bill).

3. Allow International Criminal Court to begin its investigation to find the mastermind of the violent government crackdown on protestors in 2010.
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UDD co-leaders attended Hun Neang funeral

02On 16th July 2013, Assoc. Prof. Thida Tavonseth, President of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) along with other co-leaders such as Mr. Somwang Utsarasri, Prof. Jarun Ditta-Apichai and Mr. Wunchana Gurddee, attended the funeral ceremony of Mr. Hun Neang, father of the current Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, in Phnom Phen. The group was greeted at the Cambodia International Airport by a welcoming party from the Cambodian government and was later escorted to PM Hun Sen’s house, near the Vimean Akareach (Independent Monument), for the memorial service.

The President of the UDD met with Gen. Tea Banh, the Defense minister of Cambodia and explained to the minister the reasons why other UDD co-leaders (namely Dr. Weng, Mr. Nattawut and Mr. Jatuporn) cannot attend the ceremony because of courts orders to stays within the country until their trial are finalized. She also expressed her condolence to the PM Hun Sen’s family and thank you the Cambodian officials on the behalf of the UDD for their warm hospitality.

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Jatuporn on Pheu Thai Annoucement

จตุพร พรหมพันธุ์Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit announced last Sunday (14/07/13) that the 2014 budget bill was likely to be the first legislation to be deliberated by the House of Representatives when the Parliament resumes its session on Aug 1st 2013.He reasoned that it is necessary for the Budget Bill to be passed by the Parliament within a definite time frame. The proposal for the Budget Bill to be deliberated before other legislation would be forwarded to a meeting of Party MPs before the House reconvenes.

At the end of the press conference, Mr. Prompongdid not forget to mention that the Amnesty Bills proposed by SamutPrakan MP Worachai Hema and co-leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) could also be considered as well.
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UDD President express her condolence toward Hun Neang passing

Assoc. Prof. Thida Tavonseth, President of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), would like to express her deepest condolence to Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family for losing such an important member and beloved figure as Mr. Hun Neang, he will surely be miss. The UDD will always remember and appreciate Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family generosities that were given toward the Red Shirts in the past and hopes that our association will continue in the future.

Hun Neang (PPP)Her best regard,

Thida Tavonseth, President of the UDD

NOTE: The father of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Mr. Hun Neang, passed away at the age of 89 by natural causes. He had six children, 30 grandchildren and 66 great grandchildren. He was a good father and a respected Buddhist. He built several schools and repaired many historical pagodas for his country. He also helped farmers by improving irrigation through constructions of water wells in various parts of the countryside.

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UDD President, Guest at Bastille Day Celebrations in Bangkok

DSCF5013On Sunday 14th July 2013, Assoc. Prof. Thida Tavonseth, President of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) along with Prof. Jarun Ditta-Apichai and Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, attended the anniversary of the Bastille Day of 14th July 1789, France’s National Day, at the French Embassy in Bangkok.

At the event, there was a mini ice sculpture of a French Fortress called La Bastille, which was announced as one of the World Heritage site in 2008, instead of the traditional ice sculpture of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. La Bastille was captured by the citizens of Paris during the Storming of the Bastille in 1789 which signaled the end of the absolute monarchy in the country and gave birth to the phrase “Liberty, equality, fraternity”. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille, represented royal authority in the center of Paris. The prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming but was a symbol of the abuses of the monarchy. Its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.
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Tida, Weng, and Worachai Outlooks on the Audio Clip

vid0244_01Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa is caught in an awkward controversy and found himself in risk of losing his job less than a month after his appointment. He may also find it embarrassing to confront the military top brass, especially Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army but Gen Prayuth told the press yesterday that there are no hard feeling between them, and there is no way of knowing if the audio clip was real.

The controversial and heavily edited audio clip is allegedly a recording of a conversation between former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa, many believed was recorded in Singapore, had gone viral on youtube in the past week. Apparently the conversion between these ‘two individuals’ have mentioned a plot to seek support from the military, the Defence Council and the National Security Council, to allow the government to issue an executive decree to grant an amnesty to bring Thaksin home without being punished for his corruption conviction and this so called ‘plan’ would also involve high ranking military personnel such as Gen Prayuth and Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn in its process.
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UDD Press Conference 10th July 2013

IMG_0475At the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, has once again expressed his concern over the current hostile situation that the government is experiencing. However, Mr. Thanawut also praised Yingluck’s government for tackling the corruption problems in the country. “The current government is certainly less corrupt than the previous administration of Mr. Abhisit because the present Pheu Thai led government was elected by the majority of the people and not from the coup maker’s appointment” he said.
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Khaosod : Protesters Attempt To Bar Yingluck From Entering Ministry of Defense

IMG_0476Taken from an article called “Protesters Attempt To Bar Yingluck From Entering Ministry of Defense” by Khaosod online on 11 July 2013.

(11 July) Anti-government protesters outraged by the appointment of PM Yingluck Shinawatra as the new Defense Minister gathered in front of the Ministry of Defense in Bangkok today in hope that Ms. Yingluck would be prevented from executing her first day of work.
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