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UDD Press Conference on 23 October 2013

1377949_496860040412348_2048719145_nAt the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on 23 October 2013, Mrs Tida Tavonseth, president of the UDD, along with other co-leaders such as Jatuporn Prompan, Weng Tojilakarn, Worachai Hema and other core members from Bangkok districts released a statement to oppose the revised version of the amnesty bill that was proposed by Pheu Thai MP Prayuth Siripanit.

On 18 October 2013, a House committee scrutinising the political amnesty bill voted to pass the draft legislation with blanket amnesty proposals and Mr. Prayuth was the person that spearheaded the proposed revisions to Section 3 of the seven-section bill.
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Dr. Weng’s Revised Version of the Amnesty Bill

On 24 October 2013, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, co-leader of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and Pheu Thai party list MP, have attended a meeting of the House committee scrutinising the political amnesty bill to express his support for the original version of MP Worachi Hema’s bill which does not absolve protest leaders and the culprits behind the killing of civilians.

At the parliament building, Dr. Weng warned the House of committee that there is still a chance for them to put Samutprakarn MP Worachai Hema’s original bill back on the table before they falls further down the political cliff;

“If the oppositions are accusing that there were “Black Shirt” militants within the Red Shirts protestors while saying that a blanket amnesty bill will also pardoned terrorists; the best solution for the bill to pass without controversy is to exclude protest leaders and authorities who ordered the killing from the pardon list,” said Dr. Weng, “Amnesty will bring peace to the society only if murderers were brought to justice,” he added.

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Human Rights Watch : Thailand: No Blanket Amnesty for Rights Abusers

Taken from Human Rights Watch press release on 22 October 2013.

(New York) – The Thai government and parliament should reject a proposed blanket amnesty law that would prevent prosecutions of those responsible for serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.

On October 18, 2013, the House of Representatives Vetting Committee expanded a more limited amnesty bill already under consideration to include leaders from past political protests, soldiers, and authorities who carried out the crackdown on protesters.

“The proposed amnesty would allow officials and protest leaders who have blood on their hands to go unpunished,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “By whitewashing past abuses, the government denies justice to victims and tells future abusers they have little to fear.”

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UDD Press Conference on 16 October 2013

1383167_493453367419682_1190760758_nAt the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on 16 October 2013, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, president of the UDD, praised participants and organizers from Red and Yellow October groups for organizing and attending the 40th anniversary of the student’s protest that put an end to the ruling military dictatorship in Thailand on 14 October 1973.

Mrs. Tida also mentioned of her support for Mr. Seksan Prasertkul’s speech at Thammasart University by commenting that his scientific analysis of the social gap and economic inequality within the Thai society is progressive and truly based on democratic principles. In contrast to Mr. Thirayuth Boonme speech at the 14 October Foundation’s ceremony where Mrs. Tida described it as backward and off-base from reality because it neglected changes in the society.
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Protest in Uruphong

Photo By : Sukul Kerdnaimongkol

Photo By : Sukul Kerdnaimongkol

On 11 October 2013, Utai Yodmanee, president of Ramkhamhaeng University Students Organisation, announced that the rally at Urupong intersection would be led by his group called “Students’ and People’s Network for Thailand’s Reform” after members of the “People’s democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism” (PEFOT) have decided to move out of the area surrounding Government House to relocate at Lumpini Park as part of the negotiation with the police which reasoned is due to last week official visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.
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Khaosod : Student Activists Dispute Anti-Govt Protesters” Legitimacy

Taken from an article called “Student Activists Dispute Anti-Govt Protesters” Legitimacy” by Khaosod Online that was published on October 16 2013.

(15 October) A group of student activists has alleged that the anti-government protesters at Bangkok′s Uruphong intersection is falsely claiming to represent their university and fellow students.

Calling themselves Student and People Network For Political Reform of Thailand, the protesters are have been camping out on the road to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The protesters have accused Ms. Yingluck of corruption, abuse of power, and serving as puppet for her corrupt brother, the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Their leaders claim to be student activists from Ramkhamhaeng University, a contrast to the array of retired military officials who had been dominating the anti-government protests in recent months.
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Two Sides of October’s Coin

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The student leaders of the “October Generation” may have fought alongside against military dictatorship regime of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn in the past but after the Thaksin era, this age group is fragmented into two bodies which are now called; the “Red October”(ตุลาแดง) and the “Yellow October” (ตุลาเหลือง). As a result, this division required the participants of the 14 Oct uprising in 1973 to organise two separate events to commemorate it and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the student protest.
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BKK Post : Find new allies, red shirts told. Seksan blames 2006 coup for society’s rifts

Taken from an article called “Find new allies, red shirts told. Seksan blames 2006 coup for society’s rifts” by Achara Ashayagachat that was published via BKK Post Online on October 14 2013.

A former key leader of the Oct 14, 1973, student uprising called on the red-shirt movement Sunday to join hands with other democratic forces in working towards sustainable democracy.

Delivering a speech at Thammasat University to mark the 40th anniversary of the uprising, Seksan Prasertkul said the Oct 14 spirit was to fight against dictators and establish democracy.
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