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112 prisoner, Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul released from jail

thantawut 1On Friday 5th July 2013 at 16:15 pm, Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul who was sentenced to 13 years for lèse majesté, was granted a royal pardon and released from Bangkok Remand Prison after serving 3 years of his prison term. His family accompanied with Dr. Weng Tojilakarn (United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader), Somsak Jeamteerasakul, (Thammasat history lecturer) and Suda Rangkupan (Chulalongkorn linguistics lecturer) were at the Remand Prison to welcome and congratulate Mr. Thantawut for his freedom. He was arrested in April 2010 for violating Article 112 of Criminal Code (defamation of the Royal family), and the Computer Crime Act.
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Khaosod : Lese Majeste Charge Filed Against Activists’ Mock Banknotes

Taken from an article called “Lese Majeste Charge Filed Against Activists‘ Mock Banknotes” by Khaosod Online on the 5th July 2013.

The Royal Monarch Alert Protection Network at the police station : photo by khaosod online

The Royal Monarch Alert Protection Network at the police station : photo by khaosod online

(4 July) A pro-royal group has filed lese majeste charge against a student activist group for distributing mock banknotes with portraits of historic figures involved in 1932 Revolution which ended the Absolute Monarchy and paved way for democratic regime in Siam.

The “banknotes” were in fact postcards sold to participants of the rally marking the 81st anniversary of the Revolution in Bangkok′s Royal Plaza on 24 June 2013. The postcards were published and sold by League of Liberal Thammasart for Democracy (LTTD), a student group based in Thammasart University.
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Yingluck’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Photo from : http://thailandnewsworth.wordpress.com

Photo from : http://thailandnewsworth.wordpress.com

On July 3rd 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has launched a new anti-corruption campaign after the cabinet had approved her government’s plan the day before. The Prime Minister pledged for transparency under her administration while promising legal action against anyone involved in any irregularities under her management. The government also assured an equal treatment to all bidders involved and the anti-corruption plan will provide training to representatives from other sectors to inspect government procurements.
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BKK Post : Cabinet approves B15,000 rice price reverse

Taken from an article called “Cabinet approves B15,000 rice price reverse” by Online Reporters from bangkokpost.com on July 2nd 2013.

The cabinet on Tuesday approved the National Rice Policy Committee’s (NRPC) proposal to maintain the pledging ceiling price for ordinary rice at 15,000 baht per tonne until Sept 15, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said. The NRPC on Monday decided at a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong to reverse its June 18 decision to slash the rice pledging price from 15,000 baht to 12,000 baht per tonne for the current crop beginning on July 1. The NRPC’s decision to revert to the B15,000 baht per tonne rate followed protests by farmers.

Photo from : www2.irrawaddy.org

Photo from : www2.irrawaddy.org


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Robert Amsterdam : Yellow Shirts in White Masks – reactionary and anti-democratic

Yellow Guy FawkesTaken from an article called “Yellow Shirts in White Masks – reactionary and anti-democratic” by robertamsterdam.com/thailand on June 30th 2013.

Over the last few weeks a small but effectively managed and carefully strategised “protest” group has emerged on the streets of Bangkok and other Thai cities. Dubbed the “White Mask” group – because they have adopted the white V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask long associated with the progressive Occupy and Anonymous movements – the Thai incarnation is about as far from the notion of democratic accountability, spontaneity and progressive politics as anyone could imagine.
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BKK Post : Rice policy reversed to please farmers

Taken from an article called “Rice policy reversed to please farmers” by Phusadee Arunmas, Chatrudee Theparat and online reporters which was published on July 1st 2013 at bangkokpost.com

Photo from : www.123rf.com

Photo from : www.123rf.com

While the National Rice Policy Committee (NRPC) on Monday reversed its decision to cut the pledging price for ordinary paddy and maintain it at 15,000 baht per tonne until Sept 15, the Commerce Ministry will try to speed up rice sales and try to sell up to five million tonnes in three months. In the South, the 15,000 baht pledging price will remain in place until Nov 30.
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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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