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Worachai Amnesty Bill, First bill to be Deliberate on August 7

Mr. Jarupong (right) at Pheu Thai Party press conference

Interior Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan (right) at Pheu Thai Party press conference

Interior Minister and leader of Pheu Thai Party, Jarupong Ruangsuwan, along with Mr. Phumtham Wechayachai, General Secretary of the party and Mr. Udomdej Rattanasathien, Ex-Government Chief Whip,announced to the press yesterday morning (24/07/13), that the Amnesty Bill of Samut Prakarn MP Worachai Hema will be the only bill to be debated when the Parliament reconvenes. The date is set for the Amnesty Bill to be debated on August 7, 2013 and it will be the first bill to be deliberated. All other amnesty bill versions have been discarded, including the recently proposed bill known as “the People’s Amnesty Bill”.

“Following the Pheu Thai Party’s strategic policy meetings on July 23rd, 2013, and after Members of Parliament have agreed that Mr. Worachai Hema’s Amnesty Bill will be the first and only bill to be deliberated when the parliament reconvenes, members of the party have decided to throw their full support for the bill,” said Mr. Phumtham. “The Amnesty Bill will be deliberated by the Members of Parliament from August 7-8, 2013,” he added.

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UDD Concerns Over the Victim’s Families Bill

photo by: Khaosod Online

photo by: Khaosod Online

Mrs. Payao Akkahad (Mae Luk-Gade), the mother of 25 year old Kamolkade Akkahad (Nurse Gade), a medical volunteer who was killed inside Pathum Wanaram temple and relatives of those killed in April-May 2010 violent government crackdown on Red Shirts protestors, submitted their version of an Amnesty Bill to Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana last Tuesday (16th July 2013) at the Government House.

The group of relatives who call themselves, “Families of April-May 2010 Martyrs”, was led by Ms. Payao Akhard and Mr. Pansak Srithep, father of Mr. Samapan Srithep (Nong Cher), the schoolboy who was killed in Ratchaprarop Road on 16 May 2010. The newly drafted bill was dubbed the “People’s Amnesty Bill” or the “Victims’ Families Bill”.
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Tida, Weng, and Worachai Outlooks on the Audio Clip

vid0244_01Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa is caught in an awkward controversy and found himself in risk of losing his job less than a month after his appointment. He may also find it embarrassing to confront the military top brass, especially Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army but Gen Prayuth told the press yesterday that there are no hard feeling between them, and there is no way of knowing if the audio clip was real.

The controversial and heavily edited audio clip is allegedly a recording of a conversation between former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa, many believed was recorded in Singapore, had gone viral on youtube in the past week. Apparently the conversion between these ‘two individuals’ have mentioned a plot to seek support from the military, the Defence Council and the National Security Council, to allow the government to issue an executive decree to grant an amnesty to bring Thaksin home without being punished for his corruption conviction and this so called ‘plan’ would also involve high ranking military personnel such as Gen Prayuth and Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn in its process.
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Satun Democracy School

18On the 7th of July 2013, a group of lecturers including Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, and Prof. Jarun Diitta-Apichai of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) have travelled to Satun province in the South of Thailand to open the 18th UDD Democracy School.

UDD regional coordinator and Red Shirts supporters organized the event and invited UDD co-leaders to go down south for one of their unique public discourse on the current situations and the democratic movement. Satun Democracy School is the fourth event of its kind in the south; a part of Thailand which contain only a small portion of Red Shirts supporters but that number is growing.
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Interview with Thantawut “Num-Red-Non”

1044793_448860315212321_1866317923_nThe following is TRS’s interview of Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul on 5th July 2013. Mr. Thantawut spent his last three years in jail, accused of having violated article 112 of the constitutional law (defamation of the Royal Family). Thantawut gave us this interview on the day of his release.

TRS: How do you feel after you were given a royal pardon and released from jail?

Thantawut: It is normal to feel happy, 3 years is a long time to be in jail. Regrettably, if all the agencies involved in the case had pulled all their resources together, I could have been released from jail much faster but the delay was also partly my fault because I waited too long before asking for a royal pardon.
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Result of the UDD co-leaders seminar on 29th – 30th June 2013

_ผังใหม่The Result of the UDD co-leaders seminar on 29th – 30th June 2013

Seminar Objectives

1. Acknowledgement of UDD activities from 2012 – 2013
2. Current Analysis of the Am-mart & Democracy Movements
3. Modification of the Organization’s Structures
4. Introduction for New Strategies and Tactics

Am-mart and Democratic Movement Analysis

Independent organizations, the Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court, are the most influential ‘tools’ used by the Am-mart’s network. Its influences could be the decisive factor that determine the fight between the Democracy movement and the Ammartocracy movement. These mechanical ‘tools’ are being used to punish the democratic resistance through guidelines laid down by powers behind the system and by selected elites from the Am-mart ranks. Apart from the direction given by the selected few, these entities are supported by the army, media, senators, and political parties that have been handpicked the Ammart themselves. They are using all that is within their power to pressure the government, in the hope that the democratic regime would retreat from its own victory that was won by elections.
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19 Million Baht Compensation for 77 Red Shirts

june 27On Tuesday (11:00am) at the Ministry of Justice, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth and Dr. Weng Tojilakarn were invited to attend a ceremony to award 19 million baht worth of compensation to 77 individuals who were jailed for their alleged roles during the Red Shirt protests in 2010.

Pol.Gen. Pracha Promnork, Minister of Justice and president at the ceremony, presented the compensation money to the political victims; 18 of whom are from Ubon Ratchatani province, 20 from Bangkok, 28 from Udon Thani, 6 from Kon Kaen, 4 from Chiang Mai, and 1 from Mukdaharn.

The April-May 2010 protests ended in bloodshed on 19 May 2010 after the military launched its final phase of the “Area Reclaim” operation on unarmed Red Shirt protestors in financial district of Bangkok. Apart from killing more than 90 of them, the military rounded up innumerable protesters and jailed them under the emergency laws. Some were arrested without explanation and ended up spending months in jail without charges for any crimes. Most of the arrested were acquitted of their charges on terrorism and arson attacks, which were forced upon them by the coup appointed government.
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The Government Rice Pledging Scheme

Rice_FieldOn June 25th 2013, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom accepted a letter from a representative of farmers requesting the government to reverse its decision to reduce the price for rice under its pledge program by 20%, from 15,000 baht per tonne down to 12,000 baht per tonne.

Approximately 500 farmers from around the country held a brief rally in front of the Government House on Tuesday and only agreed to disperse after their representative had submitted a written demand to Mr. Boonsong. In an attempt to ease the situation, the Commerce Minister promised the furious farmers that the National Rice Policy Committee will consider their demand to maintain the government’s paddy pledged price for ordinary rice at 15,000 baht per tonne until at least the end of the harvest season in September.
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