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Prachatai : 20 minutes between the iron bars

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk

Somyot Pruksakasemsuk

Taken from an article called “20 minutes between the iron bars” by Sukanya Pruksakasemsuk (Somyot’s wife), and published by prachatai.com on Sunday June 30th 2013.

Prison visit to Somyot on 27 June 2013

Thursday mornings at 08.30 am are when Somyot and I have a regular weekly visit. Iron bars and secure windows keep us apart but can’t separate our souls. I was given Room No. 1, which is the last interview room in the row in Bangkok Remand Prison. Without hesitation, Somyot walked fast and looked straight at me and smiled; his smile made the world so bright and full of hope and peace. I was so relieved to meet him that morning.
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Khaosod : US Embassy Spokesman Dispels Claim Of Thai Rice Quarantine

BD_316smallweb_944_1Taken from an article called “US Embassy Spokesman Dispels Claim Of Thai Rice Quarantine” by Khaosod Online on 29th June 2013.

(29 June) Spokesman of the US Embassy in Bangkok insisted that the US food agency is not placing a quarantine alert on rice imports from Thailand as claimed by anti-government critics.
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BKK Post : Three milling firm execs face fraud charges

riceTaken from an article called “Three milling firm execs face fraud charges” by Bangkok Post Reporters on 27th June 2013.

The Phichit provincial court has approved warrants for the arrest of three executives of a rice milling company for alleged fraud, a senior police officer says. Nattariya Boonkua, Munin Chantra, and Nattakit Ananchalin, of L-Gold Manufacture Co, face charges relating to the disappearance of 12,000 tonnes of rice acquired by the company under the government’s pledging scheme, Phichit police chief Krisana said Wednesday.
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Khaosod : Abhisit Says He’s Not Worried By 2010 Crackdown Criminal Charges

Taken from an article called “Abhisit Says He’s Not Worried By 2010 Crackdown Criminal Charges” by Khaosod Online on 26th June 2013.

Mr. Abhisit Vejjajeeva and Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban at the Attorney General office. Photo by Khaosod

Mr. Abhisit Vejjajeeva and Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban at the Attorney General office. Photo by Khaosod

(26 June) Former PM Abhisit Vejjajeeva visited the Attorney General office to acknowledge the criminal charges brought against him for his role as then-Prime Minister in the 2010 military operation which ended Redshirts mass protests in central Bangkok and led to more than 90 fatalities.
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Khao Sod : Van Driver Injured By 2010 Crackdown Wants To Confront Abhisit

Taken from an article called “Van Driver Injured By 2010 Crackdown Wants To Confront Abhisit” by Khaosod Online on 25th June 2013.

Mr. Samorn Maithong showing the wound. Photo by Khaosod

Mr. Samorn Maithong showing the wound. Photo by Khaosod Online

(25 June) The van driver shot and injured during military operation against the Redshirt protesters in May 2010 says he wants to meet Former PM Abhisit Vejjajeeva and ask him what the former leader has to say about the operation that led to his injury.
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BKK Post : Autocrats told to embrace equality

Taken from an article called “Autocrats told to embrace equality“, by Achara Ashayagachat, on 24 June 2013 at www.bangkokpost.com

The June 24, 1932 revolution successfully installed rights and liberty in Thailand but egalitarianism, another tenet of democracy that was announced by the Khana Rassadorn (People’s Movement), has yet to be embraced by the autocratic middle-class, say academics and descendants of the founding fathers of Thai democracy.

คณะราษฎร - The Khana Rassadorn (People's Movement)

คณะราษฎร – The Khana Rassadorn (People’s Movement)

Puangkeo Satraprung, 71, one of the four surviving children of Phraya Phahonponpayuhasena, leader of the young, oversea-educated civil and military officials who revolutionised Thai politics by turning an absolute monarchy into a constitutional one, said it was a pity that today, people did not fully understand “democracy for all”.
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Khao Sod : Activists Gather To Mark 81st Year Of Thai Democracy

"...ณ ที่นี้ 24 มิถุนายน 2475 เวลาย่ำรุ่ง คณะราษฎร ได้ก่อกำเนิดรัฐธรรมนูญ เพื่อความเจริญของชาติ"; "...here, in the dawn of 24 June 1933, the Khana Ratsadon has brought forth a constitution for the progress of the nation"

“…ณ ที่นี้ 24 มิถุนายน 2475 เวลาย่ำรุ่ง คณะราษฎร ได้ก่อกำเนิดรัฐธรรมนูญ เพื่อความเจริญของชาติ”; “…here, in the dawn of 24 June 1933, the Khana Ratsadon has brought forth a constitution for the progress of the nation”

Taken from an article called “Activists Gather To Mark 81st Year Of Thai Democracy” by Khaosod Online on 24 June 2013 at www.khaosod.co.th

(24 June) At dawn on this day, 81 years ago, the People′s Party has established Constitutional regime “for the progress of the Nation”.

That much was proclaimed on the small plaque placed somewhere on the eastern side of Royal Plaza in Bangkok. Overshadowed by the statue of King Rama V where crowds of worshipers can be seen praying to him on any given night, many Bangkokians have driven over that spot on their way to work everyday without realizing the historic significance of the seemingly insignificant memorial.
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Khoasod : Aussie Reporter Testifies To Court: Redshirts Were Not Armed

Taken from khoasod.co.th, an article called “Aussie Reporter Testifies To Court: Redshirts Were Not Armed” by Khaosod Online, published on 14/06/13.

Steve Tickner (left) as he exits the court building.

Steve Tickner (left) as he exits the court building.

(13 June) The Australian journalist who was taking shelter in Pathumwanararm Temple after the military forces dispersed the main encampment of the Redshirts on 19 May 2010 testified to the court today that he had seen no armed elements among the protesters.

Mr. Steve Tickner added that the temple, designated as ′Safe Zone′ for the protesters by the authorities at the time, came under hails of gunfire for hours. Mr. Tickner was testifying as a witness to the Criminal Court in Bangkok, which is attempting to establish who was responsible for 6 deaths in the temple, including some volunteer medics.
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