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Narn Democracy School (Part I)

narn 2At the “UDD Democracy School” in Narn province on 26 May 2013, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tawonseth gave a speech concerning the current political situation in Thailand in front of 2,000 participants at the event. Mrs.Tida speech is summarized and presented here as follows:

The UDD’s school for democracy in Narn province was the 16th event of its kind where co-leaders of the Red Shirts have travelled to different provinces in Thailand in to provide basic lessons on democracy to anybody that interested in the people’s struggle.

“We are creating co-leaders of democracy for the future in order to safeguard Thailand’s democratic institutions from being over thrown by any kind of coup d’état” said Assoc. Prof. Tida. “Some intellects think that grass root citizens only care about their own well-being and they do not care about politics or democracy. What these intellects fail to realize is that the level of political awareness among the grass root people of Thailand is already beyond this primitive way of thinking. Poor people also want justice and basic human rights, not only the rich and the middle class can enjoy democracy and its benefits.”
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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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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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“19 May, to Commemorate the Heroes and Call for Justice”

On Sunday May 19th 2013 from 10:00pm onward, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), Red throughout the Land, is holding an event “19 May, to Commemorate the Heroes and Call for Justice” in honor of our fallen brothers and sisters of democracy at Ratchaprasong intersection, Bangkok.

The UDD would like to invite all Red Shirts supporters to come and pay tribute to the 98 lives that were lost and to remind their families that their sons’ and daughters’ heroic acts have not been forgotten.  On the 19th there will be an exhibition of photos along with narration and a collection of video recordings of the tragic incidents that happened 3 years ago. Co-leaders of the UDD will give speeches throughout the day.  Entertainment on that day will be music and other performances provided by our brothers and sisters from every corner of Thailand. Co-leaders will also march with a small contingent of supporters to Wat Pathum Wanaram to leave flowers and wreaths as a mark of respect for the fallen.

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International Communication Strategy of the UDD

safe_image.phpIn May 2013, “Look Back and Gaze Forward for Democracy” show (broadcast on Asia Update Channel every Friday – Saturday from 21:00pm – 22:00pm), Prof.TidaTavonsate together with Prof.JarunDittapichai, Pakdee Tanapura and Dr. WengTojirakarn announced the current policy of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to reach out to the world.

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Investigation began on the 6 corpses found inside Pathumwan Temple grounds

Slide102On May 12, 2013, a hearing took place at the Bangkok Criminal Court on the investigation and autopsy reports concerning 6 corpses found inside the Pathumwan Temple grounds. These victims were shot dead during the government suppression of the UDD protest on May 19, 2010.  During the hearing the prosecutor brought in witnesses from the Forensic Department who were present at the crime scene to provide expert advice to the court.

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Various Concepts of Different Mobs

ATPTRS have translated Asso. Prof. Tida Thawonseth comments on the “Look Back and Glance Forward for Democracy” show which was broadcasted on Asia Update Channel every Friday – Saturday from 21:00pm – 22:00pm. On last week show, Saturday 11 May 2013, Mrs. Tida explained the differences between various group that are currently protesting in Bangkok and the reason why they are here.

Asso. Prof. Tida Thavonsate believed that the ‘Alliance of Thai Patriots (ATP)’ is a “seriously well connected” group because they were able to use ‘Sanam Luang’ (the royal field in front of the palace) to staged their demonstration and they are undeniably the “new ground forces of the Am-mart (elite bureaucrats)”.

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