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Khaosod : PM Yingluck Dismisses Rumor Of Possible ‘Egypt-Style’ Coup

9153ri-Yingluck_ShinawatraTaken from an article called “PM Yingluck Dismisses Rumor Of Possible ‘Egypt-Style’ Coup” by Khaosod Online on 10 July 2013.

(9 July) PM Yingluck Shinawatra vowed that there would be no military coup in Thailand, dismissing the rumor about imminent coup that has been spreading after Ms. Yingluck was named Defense Minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle.

Although Thailand has been flooded with rumors of possible coup for the last 5-6 years – following the actual coup in 2006 which deposed Ms Yingluck′s brother – the news of recent military intervention in Egypt has given idea to some anti-government critics that the Thai military might become fed up with perceived mismanagement of the Yingluck administration and followed Egypt′s example.
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Satun Democracy School

18On the 7th of July 2013, a group of lecturers including Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, and Prof. Jarun Diitta-Apichai of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) have travelled to Satun province in the South of Thailand to open the 18th UDD Democracy School.

UDD regional coordinator and Red Shirts supporters organized the event and invited UDD co-leaders to go down south for one of their unique public discourse on the current situations and the democratic movement. Satun Democracy School is the fourth event of its kind in the south; a part of Thailand which contain only a small portion of Red Shirts supporters but that number is growing.
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Interview with Thantawut “Num-Red-Non”

1044793_448860315212321_1866317923_nThe following is TRS’s interview of Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul on 5th July 2013. Mr. Thantawut spent his last three years in jail, accused of having violated article 112 of the constitutional law (defamation of the Royal Family). Thantawut gave us this interview on the day of his release.

TRS: How do you feel after you were given a royal pardon and released from jail?

Thantawut: It is normal to feel happy, 3 years is a long time to be in jail. Regrettably, if all the agencies involved in the case had pulled all their resources together, I could have been released from jail much faster but the delay was also partly my fault because I waited too long before asking for a royal pardon.
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Political Prisoner of Thailand : SOMYOS, LESE MAJESTE AND BAIL: A DISCUSSION

Free SomyotTaken from an article called “SOMYOS, LESE MAJESTE AND BAIL: A DISCUSSION” by politicalprisonersofthailand.wordpress.com on 7th July 2013.

For those in Bangkok:

PRESS CONFERENCE: “The Next Step of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk’s Trial and PANEL DISCUSSION: “Past, Present and Future of Lese Majeste Law and the Right to Bail”

14 July 2013, 13.30 – 16.30 hrs.

Jantaporn Room, 1st Floor, Karnmanee Palace Hotel, Pradiphat Road, Bangkok
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112 prisoner, Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul released from jail

thantawut 1On Friday 5th July 2013 at 16:15 pm, Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul who was sentenced to 13 years for lèse majesté, was granted a royal pardon and released from Bangkok Remand Prison after serving 3 years of his prison term. His family accompanied with Dr. Weng Tojilakarn (United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader), Somsak Jeamteerasakul, (Thammasat history lecturer) and Suda Rangkupan (Chulalongkorn linguistics lecturer) were at the Remand Prison to welcome and congratulate Mr. Thantawut for his freedom. He was arrested in April 2010 for violating Article 112 of Criminal Code (defamation of the Royal family), and the Computer Crime Act.
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Result of the UDD co-leaders seminar on 29th – 30th June 2013

_ผังใหม่The Result of the UDD co-leaders seminar on 29th – 30th June 2013

Seminar Objectives

1. Acknowledgement of UDD activities from 2012 – 2013
2. Current Analysis of the Am-mart & Democracy Movements
3. Modification of the Organization’s Structures
4. Introduction for New Strategies and Tactics

Am-mart and Democratic Movement Analysis

Independent organizations, the Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court, are the most influential ‘tools’ used by the Am-mart’s network. Its influences could be the decisive factor that determine the fight between the Democracy movement and the Ammartocracy movement. These mechanical ‘tools’ are being used to punish the democratic resistance through guidelines laid down by powers behind the system and by selected elites from the Am-mart ranks. Apart from the direction given by the selected few, these entities are supported by the army, media, senators, and political parties that have been handpicked the Ammart themselves. They are using all that is within their power to pressure the government, in the hope that the democratic regime would retreat from its own victory that was won by elections.
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Khaosod : Lese Majeste Charge Filed Against Activists’ Mock Banknotes

Taken from an article called “Lese Majeste Charge Filed Against Activists‘ Mock Banknotes” by Khaosod Online on the 5th July 2013.

The Royal Monarch Alert Protection Network at the police station : photo by khaosod online

The Royal Monarch Alert Protection Network at the police station : photo by khaosod online

(4 July) A pro-royal group has filed lese majeste charge against a student activist group for distributing mock banknotes with portraits of historic figures involved in 1932 Revolution which ended the Absolute Monarchy and paved way for democratic regime in Siam.

The “banknotes” were in fact postcards sold to participants of the rally marking the 81st anniversary of the Revolution in Bangkok′s Royal Plaza on 24 June 2013. The postcards were published and sold by League of Liberal Thammasart for Democracy (LTTD), a student group based in Thammasart University.
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UDD Press Conference 03/07/13 : No Changes At The Top

DSCF5103Regarding the confusion about the leadership of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the official president of the UDD is still Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth. The misunderstanding stemmed from the meetings of UDD co-leaders last weekend. Other rumours which stated that Assoc. Prof. Tida was going to step down as the leader of the UDD today is completely untrue.

On 30th June 2013, Mrs. Tida Tawornseth had suggested changes to the administrative structure, which included the leadership of the UDD, at the co-leaders seminar in Bangkok. The meeting was a gathering of UDD core members from all over the country. Those present included Mrs Tida, Veerakant Musikhapong, Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar and Mr Jatuporn Prompan.
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