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Khaosod : Mother Of ‘Nurse Gade’ Pleads For Redshirts’ Release

Taken from an article called “Mother Of ‘Nurse Gade’ Pleads For Redshirts’ Release” by Khaosod Online that was published on 27 September 2013.

(27 September) The mother of volunteer medic slain in the 2010 military crackdown on the Redshirts protests met with the chairwoman of the Thai human rights committee today and asked her to push for a bail release for the Redshirts currently imprisoned for their alleged crimes during the protests.

Ms. Payao Akhard, the mother of Ms. Kamonmate Akhard (′Nurse Gade′), has been campaigning for a legal prosecution which would have held the military and the government at the time accountable for over 90 deaths in the political violence of April-May 2010.
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UDD Press Conference on September 25th 2013

IMG_0475At the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) weekly press conference on September 25th 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, maintained that the organization is still committed to its two-legged strategy of supporting the Pheu Party in the parliament and the Red Shirts movement on the street.

“The UDD will uphold its policy of support for elected government by mainlining that we will continue to walk side by side with the Pheu Thai party and its coalition government, therefore, if there is anybody who try to overthrow the government, they will have to think about the people’s resistant, especially from the Red Shirt supporters,” said the spokesperson.

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BKK Post : Section 2 of charter change passed

Taken from an article called “Section 2 of charter change passed” that was published via bangkokpost online on 28 September 2013.

The joint sitting of parliament on Saturday approved Section 2 of the constitutional amendment bill on the makeup of the Senate after the opposition Democrat Party boycotted the final third-reading vote. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra now faces the difficult decision of whether to submit the bill for royal endorsement or wait until the Constitution Court rules on an opposition challenge.

The coalition MPs and senators remaining in the House after the Democrats’ walkout approved the amendment by a vote of 358-2 with 30 abstentions. The opposition says the bill, which authorises the election of all 200 senators, makes major changes to the state’s structure and is likely to affect the balance of power among the legislative, executive and judicial branches and independent organisations.
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Prachatai : Plus royaliste que les autres royalistes

Taken from an article called “Plus royaliste que les autres royalistes” by Harrison George that was published via prachatai.com on September 22nd 2013.

The recent spike in lèse majesté cases seems likely to continue, the majority being brought by private individuals with a variety of motives. An accusation brought by TV talk show host Pontipa Supatnukul has, for example, triggered a chain reaction of similar accusations.

Khun Pontipa arrived at a Nonthaburi police station, with cameras in tow, to file charges against Aum Neko, a Thammasat University student who has courted notoriety, most recently for a set of suggestive posters. The posters show Aum Neko and some male students simulating sexual acts while wearing student uniforms. The goal, they claim, was to campaign against rules on the compulsory wearing of uniforms. At least while having sex.
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Khaosod : Abhisit Postpones 2010 Crackdown Deaths Trial

13801058881380105915lTaken from an article called “Abhisit Postpones 2010 Crackdown Deaths Trial” by Khaosod online that was published on September 25th 2013

(25 September) Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has postponed a court appearance for the murder charges he received for his role in authorising the military crackdown on the Redshirts protesters in 2010.

More than 90 people lost their lives in the political violence that engulfed Bangkok from April to May 2010.
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Dr. Weng on 2006 Coup d’état

75661_20_3The following is a translated excerpt of Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, Pheu Thai MP and Red Shirts co-leader, comment on the seven year anniversary of the 2006 coup d’état that was published via his facebook page on 19 September 2013.

The coup d’état on 19th September 2006 was not a coincidence and it was not influenced by Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin (head of the coup’s makers) because as you may recall, when Maj. Gen. Sanan (Kachornprasart) frankly asked him, who was behind the coup? Gen. Sondhi said “I have no answer for that because there is something that cannot be said even in death.”
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Robert Amsterdam Thailand : Abhisit: “Salutes” and “continues ideas” of violent, extremist PAD

abhisitPADTaken from an article called “Abhisit: “Salutes” and “continues ideas” of violent, extremist PAD” that was published via Robert Amsterdam Thailand website on August 26th 2013.

On the surface it seems as though the misnamed Thai anti-democracy and pro-military coup movement, the People’s Alliance for Democracy, has dissolved itself. On the surface, therefore, those committed to democracy should be rejoicing – the violent extremists in the PAD were certainly a block to a peaceful, stable Thailand. Yet we shouldn’t be fooled by the mass resignation of the PAD leadership last week. The extremists opposed to democracy once epitomised by the PAD are still looking for the ways and means to prevent the Thai people choosing their own popularly-elected leaders.
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20th UDD Political Schools in Chiang Mai, Jom Thong District

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On the 22nd of September 2013, 3,000 Red Shirt participants attended the “20th UDD Democracy School – Introduction Class” at Jom Thong Wittayakom School in Jom Thong District, Chiang Mai. Various UDD co-leaders and lecturers were there to provide lessons and updates on the democratic movement and the current political situation in Thailand including President of the UDD, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, former Member of Parliament, Mr. Jatuporn Prompan, current Pheu Thai MPs, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn and Mr. Worachai Hema, People’s Power MP, Nisit Sinthuprai and many other academics from the UDD central headquarters and the region itself.
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