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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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UDD Press Conference on 19th June 2013

photoAt the press conference of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit (spokesperson for the Red Shirts) warned UDD supporters about the opposition (Am-mart) tactics to try and stir up political turmoil in order to discredit the current government’s ability to keep peace. The opposition is luring Red Shirts followers into engaging in violence against their ground force (the Guy Fawkes Masks protestors) and by spreading perpetual lies through the Democrat Party on their “Pha-Kwam-Jing” (seeking for truths) discussion with the public tour. Mr. Thanawut also urged UDD supporters not to fall into the traps and to stay away from the Guy Fawkes protests and the Democrat Party rallies in the future. This would help lessen political stress on the streets which can be used by the Am-mart as an excuse for another military intervention.
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Don Muang Election Result

Election Observation

The following is the official result of the re-election for the MP seat from Don Muang District (Bangkok 12th borough) by the Office of Election Commission Of Thailand.

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Tankhun Jittitsara = 32,710

Sam Yuranunt Pamornmontri = 30,624

Other Candidates = 941

Abstain from vote = 1,261

Good ballots = 64,455

Voided ballots = 657

Unused ballot = 44,252

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Election Day for Bangkok 12th District

june 16Hundreds of Red Shirt volunteers gathered at Pinjaroen village on Songprapha Soi 4 Road this Morning at 8:00 am to mark the start of the procession to observe various polling stations for the re-election of the MP position from Bangkok’s Constituency 12 (Don Muang District).

The UDD is collaborating with the Election Commission to monitor the election for foul-play and ensure transparency. Any irregularities are to be report to UDD headquarters for evidence gathering and will be transfered to the Provincial Election Commission of Bangkok for further investigations.

Asso. Prof. Tida tawonseth, President of the UDD, was there this morning to lead off the volunteers and after the procession; Mrs. Tida went on to Thepnimit temple ballot satiation to casted her vote for the empty MP position.
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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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Don Muang Election Observation

This Sunday, June 16 2013, Asso. Prof. Tida Tawonseth President of the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship will lead the procession of 200 Red Shirts volunteers on motorbike to observed the upcoming local election for the empty Member of Parliament (MP) seat from the Don Muang district (Bangkok 12th borough) to ensured that the election proceeded according to the rules.

The MP position was available after its owner, Pheu Thai MP for Bangkok’s Constituency 12, Mr Karun Hosakul, was disqualified by the Supreme Court after he was found guilty of defaming Democrat candidate Tankhun Jittitsara. The Supreme Court found him guilty and ruled that his comments had influenced the previous election result which was against the MPs and Senators’ Election Act of 2011. Karun was also found to have violated the same Act by attacking Tankhun’s background.
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Tida Tawonseth on Reconciliation Act and Thaksin Returning

30183029-01_bigTRS has translated Assoc. Prof. Tida Tawonseth’s exclusive interview on the “Jub-Koa-Kui,” article by Mr. Sakda Samerphob which was published on page 11 of the Matichon newspaper on June 3rd 2013. The article was titled “Tida Tawonseth and Red Shirts standpoint on reconciliation and Thaksin’s return.”

Q: Will the Reconciliation Bill and Amnesty Bill that have been introduced create conflict in the society?

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The Nation : Want the truth about Thailand? Look abroad

unTaken from nationmultimedia.com, an article called “Want the truth about Thailand? Look abroad” by Pravit Rojanaphruk published on June 12 2013.

While things appear calm on the surface, one revealing fact about the ongoing debate about the role of the monarchy surfaced last week when Prachatai.com online newspaper reported that Army Ranger Unit 45’s Special Task Force had been busy engaging in cyber ‘warfare’.

It said the force boasted of being the most prolific Army unit in posting online messages praising the monarchy and retaliating against those deemed as defaming the institution.
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