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The Economist and The New York Times POV on the Political Situation in Thailand

The following are links to foreign press’s reports of the current political situation in Thailand:

The Economist : Author : T.J.

Protests in Thailand Bubbling over” – 26 November 2013

The New York Times : Author : Thomas Fuller

Bangkok Protests Spur Concerns About Thai Stability” – 26 November 2013

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UDD Statement on 25 November 2013

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On 25th November 2013 at 18:00pm, Thida Tavonseth, President of the United front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) had release a statement in concern over the actioned of Suthep Thaugsuban and his co-leaders which have pushed a political conflict into the current political crisis.

1. We condemned the actions of Suthep Thaugsuban, the Democrat Party, and co-leaders of the present anti-government movement which is comparable to an act of terror and treason.

2. The government has to prosecute violators of the law who led mass of people into governmental complex and managed to cut off the water and electrical supply to the government building which has impeded the duties of the state officials inside the ground.
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US Department of State Released a Statement on the Current Poltical Situation in Thailand

According to US State Department Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki’s statement on 25 November 2013 that was released via the official Facebook page of U.S. Embassy in Bangkok titled “Protests in Thailand”:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release November 25, 2013

2013/1474

STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON

Protests in Thailand

The U.S. Government is concerned about the rising political tension in Thailand and is following the ongoing demonstrations in Bangkok closely. We urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. Violence and the seizure of public or private property are not acceptable means of resolving political differences.
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FCCT : Calls on Thailand Protest Leaders to Publicly Guarantee Journalist’ Rights

According a statement released by The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 25 November 2013 that was released via their official website:

FCCT CALLS ON THAILAND PROTEST LEADERS TO PUBLICLY GUARANTEE JOURNALISTS’ RIGHTS

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An accredited foreign journalist was today assaulted by anti-government protesters while doing his job covering the ongoing protests. Details are not clear but initial reports say a speaker from the stage singled him out, triggering the assault. The incident was also featured on Blue Sky TV, and Internet comments continued to target the journalist. The FCCT deplores this in the strongest possible terms, and calls upon protest leaders to unequivocally and publicly state that the rights of journalists, foreign or Thai, should be respected.

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PBS : Press Associations Urge Fair Coverages of Political Conflicts

Taken from an article called “Press associations urge fair coverages of political conflicts” that was published by Thai-PBS news on 25 November 2013.

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The Thai Journalists Association and the National Press Council issued a joint statement on Monday outlining the responsibility and performance of duty of the media in the wake of political conflicts.

The statement was in response to some obstacles encountered by the media working at Ratchadamnoen protest site since Sunday and the protesters’ decision to march to four free TV stations on Monday.
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USA Today and Reuters POV on the Current Political Situation in Thailand

The following are links to foreign press’s reports of the current political situation in Thailand:

USA Today : Author – Thomas Maresca

Political tensions rise in Thailand amid corruption claims” – 23 November 2013

Thai protesters occupy government buildings, cut power” – 25 November 2013

Reuters : Author – Amy Sawitta Lefevre

Thai capital hit by biggest protests since deadly 2010 unrest” – 24 November 2013

Thai protesters occupy Finance Ministry in bid to oust government” – 25 November 2013

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UDD Response to the Verdict of the Consitutional Court

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The co-leaders of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) have refused to accept the verdict of the Constitutional Court (CC) which ruled that Pheu Thai Party′s effort in revising the 2007 charter is unconstitutional.

According to Dr Weng Tojilakarn, co-leader and Pheu Thai party-list MP, “The Constitutional Court has overstepped it boundary and interfered with the powers of the Legislative Branch which is the representative of the people’s power. The court neglects the rule of law and the majority while their decision was deeply undemocratic.”
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Prachatai : Charter Court’s ruling supports ‘tyrant minority’: Nitirat

Taken from Prachatai’s article called “Charter Court’s ruling supports ‘tyrant minority’: Nitirat” that was published on 23 November 2013.

(Left) Worajet Pakeerut and Jantajira Iammayura (Right)

(Left) Worajet Pakeerut and Jantajira Iammayura (Right)

The Constitutional Court’s latest ruling was full of serious errors, pointed out the courageous “Nitirat” group of law academics after the Court judged last week that the attempt by the ruling Pheu Thai MPs to amend the coup-makers’ charter to change the senate from being partly elected and partly appointed to fully elected was unconstitutional.
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