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UDD Press Conference on October 9th 2013

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At the press conference of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on October 9, 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, informed the Red Shirt supporters about the upsurge of movement by the conservative masses such as the People’s Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (PEFOT) and the Dharma Army groups in recent week.

The spokesperson advised the UDD supporters not to confront with these Am-mart ground forces despite provocation because it would fit in with their ploy of escalating the political tensions in the society and warned against a “third party” that might use the situation to incite violence conflict for their own personal gain.
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Khaosod : PEFOT ‘Temporarily’ Retreats To Lumpini Park

Taken from an article called “PEFOT ‘Temporarily’ Retreats To Lumpini Park” by Khaosod Online that was published on October 10 2013.

Photo by : Khaosod Online

Photo by : Khaosod Online

(10 October) After several negotiations, the anti-government protesters have agreed to relocate their protests back to Lumpini Park during the visit of Chinese Premier to Government House, where the protesters had been camping.

The People′s Force of Democracy to Overthrow Thaksinism (PEFOT) vowed to return to resume their calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after Mr. Li Keqiang had concluded his official visit to Thailand, scheduled to take place from 11-13 October.
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Article 309

Test-colour067On October 1st 2013, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, Pheu Thai party list member and co-leader of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), proposed the amendment of Article 309 of the Constitution to the party’s strategic committee and yesterday, October 8th 2013, 115 Pheu Thai MPs signed their approval of the proposition.

According to procedure, the drafted bill can now be forwarded to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Somsak Kiatsuranont, for consideration before it can be proposed in the form of a draft Constitutional Amendment. As cited in Chapter 15 and Article 291 of the Constitution which dictate the procedure for the amendment of the Charter; “an amendment of the Constitution may be made under the rules and procedures as follows:
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Gen. Paryuth warned Media of Criticism against the Army operations in 2010

Photo by : Khaosod Online

Photo by : Khaosod Online

On October 7th 2013, at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, attorney from the Office of Special Prosecutor has filed inquest into the death of Mr. Gleang-Glai Khumnoi, a 23 year old that was allegedly found to be the first victim of the military crackdown operation on Red Shirt protestors between April-May 2010. He was shot at Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge next to the Ministry of Education on May 10, 2013. The first court hearing of the investigation into his death will begin on February 24, 2014.
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Khaosod : Activists Urges Textbooks To Include “Oct 6 Massacre”

Taken from an article called “Activists Urges Textbooks To Include “Oct 6 Massacre” by Khaosod Online on October 7 2013.

The lynching and beating of a student outside Thammasat University during October 6 Massacre

The lynching and beating of a student outside Thammasat University during October 6 Massacre

(7 October) A prominent activist has called for inclusion of the brutal 1976 crackdown on student activists in school textbooks in order to teach the younger generation of Thais about one of the darkest episodes of Thailand′s political history.

Mr. Jaran Dittapichai was speaking after a memorial service, which Mr. Jan helped organise with other activists, held at Thammasat University to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the crackdown.
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BKK Post : Activists : Too early to claim victory for democracy

Taken from an article called “Activists : Too early to claim victory for democracy” by Achara Ashayagachat that was published via Bangkokpost Online on October 6, 2013.

Thais cannot yet claim victory in the struggle for democracy, even with the red-shirt movement that emerged in the past three years, said activists involved in organising the 37th commemoration of the bloody crackdown on student-led protests inside Thammasat University.

Though few contemporary students from the university lent a hand in the morning religious rituals and wreath-laying, the relatives and those “born” out of the Oct 6 1976 political uprising eagerly joined in the rites on Sunday.

Surachai Danwattananusorn, a lese majeste prisoner and a Daeng Siam leader who was released Friday under a royal pardon, showed up at the solemn commemorations, joining Jaran Ditapichai, chair of the committee organising the 37th Oct 6 and the 40th Oct 14 commemorations this year and others.
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Surachai Danwattananusorn Released from Prison

993429_606243169439010_337293867_nOn October 4 2013, at 17.05pm, Surachai Danwattananusorn was granted a royal pardon and released from jail after having been imprisoned in Bangkok Remand Prison for almost three years since February 22, 2011.

The 71-year-old former Red Siam faction leader was convicted on five lese majeste charges and sentenced to 12 years and six months for giving speeches judged to have insulted the monarchy at five different rallies across the country.

Defaming the monarchy is a violation of Section 112 under the Penal Code of Thailand which punishable by up to 15 years in prison per offence.
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Sondhi Limthongkul Found Guilty Of Insulting the Monarchy

13806299401380629954lOn October 1st 2013, Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul, former leader of the People′s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has been convicted of lese majeste by the Appeals Court for repeating offensive remarks to the monarchy by Ms. Daranee Charncherngsilpakul, alias “Da Torpedo”. The Appeals Court decided to reverse the lower court’s decision which acquitted him of the charge and sentenced him to three years imprisonment. The sentence was later reduced by one-third to two years in jail because his testimony was deemed useful by the court.
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