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Dr. Weng on 2006 Coup d’état

75661_20_3The following is a translated excerpt of Dr. Weng Tojilakarn, Pheu Thai MP and Red Shirts co-leader, comment on the seven year anniversary of the 2006 coup d’état that was published via his facebook page on 19 September 2013.

The coup d’état on 19th September 2006 was not a coincidence and it was not influenced by Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin (head of the coup’s makers) because as you may recall, when Maj. Gen. Sanan (Kachornprasart) frankly asked him, who was behind the coup? Gen. Sondhi said “I have no answer for that because there is something that cannot be said even in death.”
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Robert Amsterdam Thailand : Abhisit: “Salutes” and “continues ideas” of violent, extremist PAD

abhisitPADTaken from an article called “Abhisit: “Salutes” and “continues ideas” of violent, extremist PAD” that was published via Robert Amsterdam Thailand website on August 26th 2013.

On the surface it seems as though the misnamed Thai anti-democracy and pro-military coup movement, the People’s Alliance for Democracy, has dissolved itself. On the surface, therefore, those committed to democracy should be rejoicing – the violent extremists in the PAD were certainly a block to a peaceful, stable Thailand. Yet we shouldn’t be fooled by the mass resignation of the PAD leadership last week. The extremists opposed to democracy once epitomised by the PAD are still looking for the ways and means to prevent the Thai people choosing their own popularly-elected leaders.
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20th UDD Political Schools in Chiang Mai, Jom Thong District

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On the 22nd of September 2013, 3,000 Red Shirt participants attended the “20th UDD Democracy School – Introduction Class” at Jom Thong Wittayakom School in Jom Thong District, Chiang Mai. Various UDD co-leaders and lecturers were there to provide lessons and updates on the democratic movement and the current political situation in Thailand including President of the UDD, Assoc. Prof. Tida Tavonseth, former Member of Parliament, Mr. Jatuporn Prompan, current Pheu Thai MPs, Dr. Weng Tojilakarn and Mr. Worachai Hema, People’s Power MP, Nisit Sinthuprai and many other academics from the UDD central headquarters and the region itself.
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Asia Sentinel : Southeast Asia’s Stark Democracy Lessons

asean-leadersTaken from an article called “Southeast Asia’s Stark Democracy Lessons” by Michael Vatikiotis that was published via asiasentinel.com on 10 September 2013.

(Michael Vatikiotis is Asia regional director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. This is from a speech delivered at the Uniting for the Future Conference, Bangkok Sept. 2, 2013.)

Southeast Asia is no stranger to the challenges of unity and reconciliation. The early phases of nation-building were characterized by struggle and upheaval stemming from the reluctance of established conservative elites to share power. Democratic forms of government were deemed unsuited to societies that were organized along hierarchical lines and dominated by narrow interest groups.
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The Diplomat : Thailand Opposition Behaving Badly

Taken form an article called “Thailand Opposition Behaving Badly” by Mong Palatino that was published by The Diplomat blogs on September 19, 2013.

Flickr-World-Economic-Forum-400x266It seems Thailand’s opposition politicians are getting desperate.

Last month, 57 members of parliament belonging to the opposition Democrat Party were evicted from the session hall after they repeatedly protested the ruling of the presiding officer. When parliamentary police officers were called in to escort the MPs out, they forcibly resisted, with one seen grabbing the throat of a police officer.
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UDD Press Conference on September 18th 2013

IMG_0475At the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on September 18th 2013, Mr. Thanawut Vichaidit, spokesperson of the UDD, described the current political situation as “unstable” and “tedious”. He said that it is unstable because of the blockade in the South and it is dull because of the all the bickering inside the parliament.

Mr. Thanawut said that the people, neutral or not, are sick of the politicians’ behavior and the fact that nothing is being done inside the parliament while blaming this motionless and unproductive political game on the opposition party.

“The Democrat Party’s voting record in the past 20 years is miserable and the chance for them to win any election in the future is dim. This reality force them to impede the progress of the country through judicial and military coup d’état. They were successful in 2006 but now the people are more aware and are ready to revolt against it which compelled them to use another obstacle mean to regain their power,” said the spokesperson of the UDD.
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20th and 21st UDD Democracy School in Chiang Mai

UDD-LogoSince the last “UDD Democracy School” in Satun province on July 7th 2013, the political tension in Thailand had intensified noticeably in August due to the reconvening of the parliament and the first hearing of the amnesty bill that was proposed by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema on August 7th 2013.

Other debates and events also sparked a heated session in and outside of the parliament including the deliberation of the budget bill, the constitution amendment, the gathering of the Amart’s ground forces in Bangkok and the speech rallies of the opposition party.
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112 Cases Revisited

1240585_10201306537077992_1374565762_nOn 13th September 2013, at 09:00am, the Ratchada Criminal Court judge had acquitted the case against, Mr. Yutthapoom Martnork, whose brother had accused him of defaming the country’s monarch by speaking and writing defaming words on VCD.

The court found that there was not enough evidence to convict Yuthapoom because his brother, Thanawat Martnork, had been the only accuser, and other relatives, had insisted that Yuthapoom never insulted the crown. The judge also cited several other reasons for Mr. Yuthapoom’s acquittal, including the conflicting accounts that Thanawut gave to the police and the history of conflict between the two brothers prior to the case.
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