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Khaosod : Activists Urges Textbooks To Include “Oct 6 Massacre”

Taken from an article called “Activists Urges Textbooks To Include “Oct 6 Massacre” by Khaosod Online on October 7 2013.

The lynching and beating of a student outside Thammasat University during October 6 Massacre

The lynching and beating of a student outside Thammasat University during October 6 Massacre

(7 October) A prominent activist has called for inclusion of the brutal 1976 crackdown on student activists in school textbooks in order to teach the younger generation of Thais about one of the darkest episodes of Thailand′s political history.

Mr. Jaran Dittapichai was speaking after a memorial service, which Mr. Jan helped organise with other activists, held at Thammasat University to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the crackdown.
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BKK Post : Activists : Too early to claim victory for democracy

Taken from an article called “Activists : Too early to claim victory for democracy” by Achara Ashayagachat that was published via Bangkokpost Online on October 6, 2013.

Thais cannot yet claim victory in the struggle for democracy, even with the red-shirt movement that emerged in the past three years, said activists involved in organising the 37th commemoration of the bloody crackdown on student-led protests inside Thammasat University.

Though few contemporary students from the university lent a hand in the morning religious rituals and wreath-laying, the relatives and those “born” out of the Oct 6 1976 political uprising eagerly joined in the rites on Sunday.

Surachai Danwattananusorn, a lese majeste prisoner and a Daeng Siam leader who was released Friday under a royal pardon, showed up at the solemn commemorations, joining Jaran Ditapichai, chair of the committee organising the 37th Oct 6 and the 40th Oct 14 commemorations this year and others.
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Surachai Danwattananusorn Released from Prison

993429_606243169439010_337293867_nOn October 4 2013, at 17.05pm, Surachai Danwattananusorn was granted a royal pardon and released from jail after having been imprisoned in Bangkok Remand Prison for almost three years since February 22, 2011.

The 71-year-old former Red Siam faction leader was convicted on five lese majeste charges and sentenced to 12 years and six months for giving speeches judged to have insulted the monarchy at five different rallies across the country.

Defaming the monarchy is a violation of Section 112 under the Penal Code of Thailand which punishable by up to 15 years in prison per offence.
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Sondhi Limthongkul Found Guilty Of Insulting the Monarchy

13806299401380629954lOn October 1st 2013, Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul, former leader of the People′s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has been convicted of lese majeste by the Appeals Court for repeating offensive remarks to the monarchy by Ms. Daranee Charncherngsilpakul, alias “Da Torpedo”. The Appeals Court decided to reverse the lower court’s decision which acquitted him of the charge and sentenced him to three years imprisonment. The sentence was later reduced by one-third to two years in jail because his testimony was deemed useful by the court.
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The Constitutional Amendment and the Constitutional Court

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The Constitution Court will decide today, whether to stall the government’s charter amendment on the structure of the Senate from being submitted for royal endorsement after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had signed her approval on Tuesday. Prime Minister Office’s secretary-general Suranand Vejjajiva said the bill is now ready to be submitted to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary before it can be forward to His Majesty for royal approval.

Mr. Suranand said the Council of State and the government’s legal adviser have made it clear that the charter change process was lawful and the prime minister is required by the charter to submit it for royal endorsement within 20 days of its passage.
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Khaosod : Another Inquest Suggests Army Roles In Redshirts Deaths

Taken from an article called “Another Inquest Suggests Army Roles In Redshirts Deaths” by Khaosod online on October 1st 2013.

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(1 October) The South Bangkok Criminal Court has ruled that a pair of Redshirts protesters were killed by a gunfire from the direction of the military positions during the clashes between the protesters and the troops in 2010.

Mr. Jaroon Chaiman and Mr. Siam Wattananukul were among the more than 90 fatalities of the political violence in April-May 2010. The pair lost their lives on the night of 10 April 2010, when then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ordered the troops to dislodge the Redshirts from their encampment in Ratchadumnoen Avenue.
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21st UDD Political Schools in Chiang Mai, Doi Saket District

1382309_603383036391690_43042962_nOn the 29th of September 2013, around 4,000 of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters attended the “21st UDD Political School – Introduction Class” at Wat Phrathat Doi Saket in Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai. Many UDD co-leaders and local lecturers were there to provide lessons, updates on the organization, and the current political situation in Thailand. They were led by President of the UDD, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, former Member of Parliament, Mr. Jatuporn Prompan, current Pheu Thai MP, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, People’s Power MP and director of UDD political schools, Nisit Sinthuprai, Dr. Tanet Jarounmuang, expert on Lanna’s history from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University and former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who were there to provide a special lecture on “The Future of Thai Politics” as an additional lesson for the participants.
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