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UDD President and the Diplomat Interviews

thida_thavornseth_200Taken from the Diplomat Interviews by Steve Finch with Mrs Tida Tavonseth, president of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), that was published on 13 November 2013 via thediplomat.com

Thida Thavornseth is the chairperson of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), whose supporters are commonly known as the “Red Shirts,” which has traditionally aligned itself with Thailand’s ruling Pheu Thai Party, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, billionaire tycoon and exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. However, since the government recently tried to force through an amnesty bill for everyone caught up in Thailand’s recent political fighting – including Thaksin – the UDD and many of its Red Shirt supporters have begun to distance themselves from the Shinawatras. The amnesty may have died in the Thai Senate on Tuesday, but the controversy persists.
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Khaosod : Apologize To Redshirts, Red Sunday Leader Tells Govt

Ratchaprasong Rally against blanket amnesty : led by Sombat Boongarmanong

Ratchaprasong Rally against blanket amnesty : led by Sombat Boongarmanong

Taken from Khaosod article called “Apologize To Redshirts, Red Sunday Leader Tells Govt” that was published on 10 November 2013.

(10 November) A splinter group of the Redshirts movements has organised a rally in downtown Bangkok to criticise the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for its pursuit of the ′blanket amnesty′ bill.
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AHRC : THAILAND : No amnesty for state-sponsored murder

Asian-Human-Rights-Commission1-480x238Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC) statement in concern over the blanket amnesty bill that is currently being deliberate by the Senate that was released on 6 October 2013.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) would like to express grave concern about the current state of the draft amnesty bill in Thailand. The draft amnesty bill (in full, the Draft Amnesty for Those Who Committed Offences as a Result of the Political Protests and Political Expression of the People B.E…..) is broad, vague, and appears to be motivated by political expediency at the expense of human rights, justice, and the rule of law. If passed in its current form, the bill will allow murderers to walk free without even a slap on the wrist.
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Prachatai : Five follies of the blanket amnesty

Free somyotTaken from Prachatai’s article called “Five follies of the blanket amnesty” by Somyot Pruksakasemsuk that was published on 5 October 2013.

Revised and translated by Prachatai

Regarding the amnesty draft bill, which was hastily passed in its second and the third readings by the lower House last week, I would like to illustrate the following five points of folly about the bill.
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Prachatai : Blanket amnesty bill unconstitutional: Nitirat

Taken from Prachatai Online article called “Blanket amnesty bill unconstitutional: Nitirat” by Suluck Lamubol that was published on 4 November 2013.

Photo by : Prachatai Online

Photo by : Prachatai Online

Nitirat, a group of law scholars from Thammasat University, warned on Thursday that the passing of the blanket amnesty bill would contradict the constitution and could results in lawsuits at the Constitutional Court against Members of Parliament.
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Khaosod : Editorial: Put An End To ‘Amnesty For All’

Taken from Khaosod Online article called “Editorial: Put An End To ‘Amnesty For All’” on 4 November 2013.

A map which shows the areas where Red Shirt protestors were shot and killed during 2010 crackdown

A map which show the areas where Red Shirt protestors were shot and killed during 2010 crackdown

(4 November) Since its departure from its original form, the government-sponsored Amnesty Bill has been attracting much criticism from members of the public of various backgrounds.

Submitted to Parliament by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema, the Bill was designed to grant amnesty exclusively to ordinary citizens who had been caught in the crossfires of the political unrest that has plagued Thailand in recent years.
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Prachatia : Red shirts commemorate 7th anniversary of anti-coup suicide

Taken from Prachatai article called “Red shirts commemorate 7th anniversary of anti-coup suicide” on 1 November 2013.

Photo by : Prachatai

Photo by : Prachatai

About a thousand of anti-coup activists red-shirts on Thursday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the symbolic suicide of a taxi driver against the 2006 coup d’état at two separate events in Bangkok.

A pillar was built and installed in honour of Nuamthong Phaiwan at the pedestrian bridge on Vibhavadi Rangsit road where the 60-year-old taxi driver hanged himself on October 31, 2006. It was his second suicide attempt after he tried to kill himself by driving his cab into a military tank on September 30, 2006 when he was seriously injured.
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BKK Post : Red Sunday rallies against ‘wholesale amnesty’

Taken from Bangkok Post article called “Red Sunday rallies against ‘wholesale amnesty’” by Achara Ashayagachat on 27 October 2013.

Red Sunday Group turns up at Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday afternoon to express their opposition to a wholesale amnesty. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

Red Sunday Group turns up at Ratchaprasong intersection (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

The ruling Pheu Thai party would appear to have limited time in which to recognise red shirt sentiment against the “wholesale amnesty” as a huge showdown would be organised if it gave a “blank cheque” to those who ordered the 2010 crackdown.
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