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Prachatai : Tony Blair in Thailand: What we can learn

Taken from article called “Tony Blair in Thailand: What we can learn” by Titipol Phakdeewanich that was published by prachatai.com on 28/08/2013.

Much has now been written in an attempt to make sense of the dramatic confrontation that we witnessed in parliament last week, which resulted in the sadly not unprecedented scenario of having police on the floor of the House. Thailand likely senses that the political drama between the government and the opposition will almost inevitably continue, and realistically, why should the country expect otherwise? Their respective positions are already well established, and we now see a demonstration of what amounts to a zero-sum game, too often favoured by Thai political strategists.
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UDD Press Conference on 28th August 2013

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At the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on the 28th of August 2013, spokesperson of the UDD, Mr. Thanuwut Vichaidit, pointed out the opposition’s relentless ongoing assaults on the government in an effort to overthrown it from power. These attacks on PM Yingluck’s administration are responsible for the current unrest in Thailand. The prime examples of the attempts to dismantle the government by the Democrat Party include the blocking of the constitution amendments, and the initiation of disorders inside the parliament.

Another medium that the Democrats’ leaders have tried was to lead a large-scale street demonstrations to create chaos on the street, but since only a small number of people shows up and the soldiers did not get involved, their plan have failed accordingly.
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NY Times : Well-Mannered Thai Party Throws Down Its Gloves in Government Protests

NYTIMES_LOGO 2-13A version of this article was published by nytimes.com on August 25th, 2013, with the headline “Well-Mannered Thai Party Throws Down Its Gloves in Government Protests,” by Thomas Fuller.

BANGKOK — Booming loudspeakers, crowds of cheering protesters and the riot police on alert — after a relative lull of more than two years, politics is back on the streets in Thailand.

Thousands of demonstrators cheered in a vacant lot here on Saturday as speakers threatened to “overthrow” the government. But unlike in previous years, this time the protesters were members of Thailand’s oldest political party, the Democrat Party, which has long had a reputation as the staid, well-mannered and intellectual voice of the Bangkok establishment and has been firmly dedicated to resolving differences inside Parliament, where the Democrats lead the opposition.
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UDD President Suggested Sondhi to Join the Unity Forum

6B32DA95678A433EADD8833711FE27C9On 26th August 2013, former Yellow Shirts leader, Sondhi Limthongkul was at the Criminal Court to listen to the prosecutors’ case against him and three other Yellow Shirts co-leaders including; Major General Chamlong Srimuang, Somsak Gosaisuk and Suriyasai Gatasila. They were charged for leading the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters to storm the Parliament building back in 2008. All of them have pleaded not guilty and the trial for evidence examination process is set for 28th November 2013.

During an interview after the hearing, Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul said that he was ready to work together with the Red Shirts if the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) could part company with former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and did not offend the monarchy. He said that if the Red Shirts campaign is to reduce inequality and to help people earn a better living, their objectives would match those of the PAD and both groups could work together.
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UDD President Attended the Government-initiated Unity Forum

20130825_090407On the 25th of August 2013 at Santi-Maitri Hall of Government House, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, President of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) attended the first meeting of PM Yingluck’s political reform forum. The meeting was joined by 57 leading figures from various sectors in Thailand except representatives from the opposition Democrat Party and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
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UDD Press Conference 21/08/13

IMG_0475At the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on the 21st of August 2013, spokesperson of the UDD, Mr. Thanuwut Vichaidit, confirmed the organization’s support for PM Yingluck’s plan of political reform through government-initiated unity forum because it can possibly be the first step towards peace and reconciliation.

Mr. Thanawut said that no matter what colors you are, no civilian would want the same situation in Egypt to be repeated here in Thailand but there is electoral sore loser, such as the Democrat Party, who sought after such violence.

“Only the Democrat Party who wanted to cause disorder in the Parliament and chaos on the street. Their only intention is to bring down the government,” said the spokesperson of the UDD.

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Bundit Sitthithum released from prison

8ygzfaOn August 19th 2013, around 9:30pm at Lak Sri Prison, 44 year old ex-police lance corporal,Bundit Sithithum, Red Shirts activist who was accused of shooting RPG into the Ministry of Defense, was released on temporary bail with the collateral of one million baht by the decision of the Appeal Court. Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, president of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) along with Dr. Weng Tojilakarn were at Lak Sri Prison to greet Mr. Bunditas back into society.
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UDD Co-leaders at the Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt

993974_283220415150062_1029807298_nDr. Weng Tojilakarn, Pheu Thai MP and co-leader of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) along with other Red Shirts co-leaders were at the Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt yesterday to summit a letter written by Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, President of the UDD, in concerns over the recent development in Egypt.

The Red Shirts co-leaders were well greeted by Mr. Hossam El Din Reda, First Secretary and Consul at the Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt in Bangkok and Mr. Ahmad El Dad Wi, another Consul to the Embassy.

Dr. Weng officially handed the letter over to Mr. Hossam before the pair and other co-leaders sat down and have a long discussion over the worrisome situation in Egypt before leaving the Embassy.

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