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Khoa Sod : Relatives Of 2010 Crackdown Victims Protest Amnesty Bill

khaosod june 11Taken from Khoasod.co.th, an article called “Relatives Of 2010 Crackdown Victims Protest Amnesty Bill” by Khaosod Online on 12 June 2013.

(11 June) Family members of 20 people killed during the military crackdown on Redshirts protests in April-May 2010 gathered in front of the Government House in central Bangkok today to voice their opposition to draft of so-called Reconciliation Bill that will grant amnesty to those responsible for the operation.
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Prachatai : Somyot’s wife submits letter on press freedom to World Newspaper Association

Taken from prachatai.com, an article called “Somyot’s wife submits letter on press freedom to World Newspaper Association” by Takato Mitsunaga, on Fri, 07/06/2013.

(6 June 2013) Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk, the wife of magazine editor Somyot who is serving an 11 year jail sentence, submitted an open letter from her husband to Jacob Mathew, President of the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) during the 65th World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and Jacob Mathew

Sukanya Prueksakasemsuk and Jacob Mathew


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Asia Sentinel : Thailand’s Toothless Human Rights Commission

NhrcTaken from an article called “Thailand’s Toothless Human Rights Commission” written by Pokpong Lawansiri on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 that was published by asiasentinel.com

Three years later, there is still no report on the April-May 2010 violence

During the administration of the then-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) was dubbed the most helpful and most relevant independent agency in the eyes of ordinary Thais. That is no longer true.
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Khao Sod Online : Activists Fly Red Kites Over Sanam Luang

somyotTaken from Khaosod Online on 09 June 2013

(8 June) Around 100 activists and Redshirts attended the gathering at Sanam Luang (Royal Field) in Bangkok organized by “24 June Democracy” group today.

Some participants brought red-colored kites with political messages, such as demand for release of political prisoners, while some others bought the kites from local vendors and wrote the messages on the kites. Sanam Luang has long been a popular site for kite-flying.

Ms. Suwanna Tarnlek, coordinator of “24 June Democracy” group said that the event is a friendly campaign calling for release of political prisoners, especially Mr. Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, who is currently serving his sentence for lese majeste. She said it was not a political rally and she had no intention to challenge the Bangkok Authorities.
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Who burnt down Central World?

central worldAt the Army press conference on May 23rd 2013, Army spokesman Col. Winthai Suwaree tried to clarify reports that soldiers were hampering the fire teams’ efforts to enter Central World department store to extinguish the flames in May 2010. He claimed that it was just a misunderstanding. The reason the fire response teams led by Pol.Lt.Col. Choompol Boonprayoon (fire hazard adviser to the Central World department store) were unable to enter the building was because they assumed that they were denied entry by a group of people who were dressed like soldiers but were not soldiers.Col. Winthai said “it could have been anybody” because it is common for anybody to dress like soldiers. Some protestors arrested during the crackdown,were also dressed like soldiers.
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Fabio Polenghi Court Case

fabio1On May 29th 2013, the South Criminal Court of Bangkok found that an Italian journalist and freelance photographer, Fabio Polenghi, age 48, was killed by a bullet that was fired from the direction of the security forces in the morning of May 19 2010 between 10:00-13:00 when troops began the “Area Reclaim” operation at Saladaeng leading up to Rachaprasong road. He was shot while he was running away from the troops as he took photos of the military operation against Red-Shirts supporters. His camera was also stolen right after he was shot.
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Fabio Polenghi “Last photo” Exhibition

Fabio PSome of the last photographs taken by photo-journalist Fabio Polenghi, who was killed during the government crackdown on red-shirt protests on 19 May 2010, was exhibited at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand since the 18th of this month and it will be closing down for display this coming Thursday (30/5/13). This exhibition is to commemorate the last moments of Fabio’s life and his goodwill towards his fellow humans and justice through the photographs he had taken, Elisabetta Polenghi (Fabio’s sister) explained. Elisabetta said that it had taken her about a year to collect over 500 of Fabio’s photos and another 4 months to select 30 of them to be shown on the exhibition. She said that choosing the photos for exhibition was very difficult because it was like living Fabio’s life and understanding his last moments before he was shot, as she had not been with him at that tragic moment.

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UDD President Tida Response on the “Shooting Birds in a Cage” VTR

At the UDD press conference on Wednesday May 22nd 2013, Assoc. Prof. Tida Thawonseth responded to Army Col. Winthai Suwaree’s comments on the VTR “Shooting birds in a cage” that was broadcasted on Asia Update TV Channel during the “Look Back and Glance Forward for Democracy” show.

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The people’s response to the VTR has been positive, according to Assoc. Prof. Tida, but it was not popular among the high-ranking Army officers. The army deputy spokesperson, Col. Winthai Suwaree said that the details of the military operation on the VTR which was based on a column in an Army education magazine (Sena-Thi-Put April-Dec 2010 edition) called “Lesson Learned from Area Reclaim Operation: Rachaprasong area, May 14-19 2010”, written by Col. Boonrod Srisombut, was only his personal opinion on the situation and has nothing to do with Army’s point of view on the events that transpired in May 2010.

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