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UDD Statement 27 November 2013

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UDD Statement on 27 November 2013

1. Motto for today political situation

• Stop Destroying the country
• Stop Holding Thai people hostage
• Stop Hijacking Thailand

2. Major gathering on 30 November 2013

3. Stop harassing both Thai and foreign presses

4. The seizure of government premises can be accounted for an attempt to bring down the governance power of this country. These actions of Suthep Thaugsuban and his co-leaders should be condemned by the whole country.

• Stop destroying our country
• Stop holding Thai people hostage

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Thank you for Reminding Why there Are Red Shirts

Taken from Reuters article called “Thai protesters step up campaign to oust government” by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Pairat Temphairojana that was published on 26 November 2013

(Reuters) – Thousands of protesters surrounded Thailand’s Interior Ministry and forced the evacuation of four others on Tuesday, intensifying their campaign to bring down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The protesters defied a tough security law imposed late on Monday, after they had stormed two other ministries, to control demonstrations against Yingluck and her billionaire brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Suthep Thaugsuban, the protest leader and a former deputy prime minister under the previous government, urged supporters to mount more blockades of government buildings on Wednesday, not only in Bangkok but across the country.
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UDD Statement on 26 November 2013

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UDD Statement on 26 November 2013

1. The UDD is releasing this statement to call for an arrest warrant for Suthep Thaugsuban and other co-leaders who collaborated together in the storming of government grounds.

2. The attacked on government’s complex is premeditated. The organizers have arranged and call for a mass protest and have shown their true intention as an anti-democratic movement. The organizers have planned out their responsibilities and they are going to capture more government buildings in near future.
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The Economist and The New York Times POV on the Political Situation in Thailand

The following are links to foreign press’s reports of the current political situation in Thailand:

The Economist : Author : T.J.

Protests in Thailand Bubbling over” – 26 November 2013

The New York Times : Author : Thomas Fuller

Bangkok Protests Spur Concerns About Thai Stability” – 26 November 2013

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UDD Statement on 25 November 2013

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On 25th November 2013 at 18:00pm, Thida Tavonseth, President of the United front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) had release a statement in concern over the actioned of Suthep Thaugsuban and his co-leaders which have pushed a political conflict into the current political crisis.

1. We condemned the actions of Suthep Thaugsuban, the Democrat Party, and co-leaders of the present anti-government movement which is comparable to an act of terror and treason.

2. The government has to prosecute violators of the law who led mass of people into governmental complex and managed to cut off the water and electrical supply to the government building which has impeded the duties of the state officials inside the ground.
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US Department of State Released a Statement on the Current Poltical Situation in Thailand

According to US State Department Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki’s statement on 25 November 2013 that was released via the official Facebook page of U.S. Embassy in Bangkok titled “Protests in Thailand”:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release November 25, 2013

2013/1474

STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON

Protests in Thailand

The U.S. Government is concerned about the rising political tension in Thailand and is following the ongoing demonstrations in Bangkok closely. We urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. Violence and the seizure of public or private property are not acceptable means of resolving political differences.
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FCCT : Calls on Thailand Protest Leaders to Publicly Guarantee Journalist’ Rights

According a statement released by The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 25 November 2013 that was released via their official website:

FCCT CALLS ON THAILAND PROTEST LEADERS TO PUBLICLY GUARANTEE JOURNALISTS’ RIGHTS

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An accredited foreign journalist was today assaulted by anti-government protesters while doing his job covering the ongoing protests. Details are not clear but initial reports say a speaker from the stage singled him out, triggering the assault. The incident was also featured on Blue Sky TV, and Internet comments continued to target the journalist. The FCCT deplores this in the strongest possible terms, and calls upon protest leaders to unequivocally and publicly state that the rights of journalists, foreign or Thai, should be respected.

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PBS : Press Associations Urge Fair Coverages of Political Conflicts

Taken from an article called “Press associations urge fair coverages of political conflicts” that was published by Thai-PBS news on 25 November 2013.

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The Thai Journalists Association and the National Press Council issued a joint statement on Monday outlining the responsibility and performance of duty of the media in the wake of political conflicts.

The statement was in response to some obstacles encountered by the media working at Ratchadamnoen protest site since Sunday and the protesters’ decision to march to four free TV stations on Monday.
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