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UDD Press Conference on September 4th 2013

1231311_473439222754430_600600609_nAt the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on Wednesday 4th September 2013, spokesperson of the UDD, Mr. ThanuwutVichaidit shared his concerns over the rubberprice crisis in the South as he is also a southerner himself.

Mr. Thanawut argued that most of the rubber farmers who are truly affected by the falling price of rubber have already accepted the government’s subsidy offer. However, the process to overthrow the government and democracy in Thailand still subsists because the autocratic party would not yield and will continue to use the rubber farmers’ rallies in the future as an excuse to once again attack the credibility of government.
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Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences (PART III) & Dr. Weng’s Comments on Ms. Hayner

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Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” at Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, on Monday, 2nd August 2013. (Continue from PART (I) & (II)).

Before she concluded her speech, Ms. Priscilla Hayner, senior adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, mentioned the discussions of the current Amnesty Bill backed by the Pheu Thai-led government which promises to lift responsibility for political violence during the military crackdown in 2010 for everyone except the leaders of the protests and the commanding authorities at the time.
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Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences (PART II)

ahtisaari_un01_photoSpecial Lecture Series on “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” at Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, on Monday, 2nd August 2013. (Continue from PART I).

Following Tony Blair, former Finnish president and Nobel Peace prize winner, Marti Ahtisaari, was the next speaker on the panel. Mr. Ahtisaari recommended the Thai government to open up and facilitate groups in society for the purpose of building trust among one another.

From his experiences in peace and reconciliation process in Namibia, Kosovo, and Ache, Mr. Ahtisaari believes that in reconciliation and nation building “Trust is everything” but it requires time, patience and work. What you have to remember is that “Peace is not only an outcome, it is a process”.
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Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences (PART I)

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On Monday, August 2, 2013, three distinguished speakers including Priscilla Hayner, senior adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former Finnish president and Nobel Peace prize winner Marti Ahtisaari, gave short lectures on conflict solving and reconciliation at the first of the Special Lecture Series on “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” at Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok. The forum was hosted by Devawongse Varopakarn from the Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) of Chulalongkorn University.

Prime Minister YingluckSinawatra opened the forum by explaining the purpose of this lecture series which is “to provide an open platform for all to participate in sharing experiences and ideas” in order to “learn from each other and to create unity.”
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Prachatai : Tony Blair in Thailand: What we can learn

Taken from article called “Tony Blair in Thailand: What we can learn” by Titipol Phakdeewanich that was published by prachatai.com on 28/08/2013.

Much has now been written in an attempt to make sense of the dramatic confrontation that we witnessed in parliament last week, which resulted in the sadly not unprecedented scenario of having police on the floor of the House. Thailand likely senses that the political drama between the government and the opposition will almost inevitably continue, and realistically, why should the country expect otherwise? Their respective positions are already well established, and we now see a demonstration of what amounts to a zero-sum game, too often favoured by Thai political strategists.
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UDD Press Conference on 28th August 2013

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At the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) press conference on the 28th of August 2013, spokesperson of the UDD, Mr. Thanuwut Vichaidit, pointed out the opposition’s relentless ongoing assaults on the government in an effort to overthrown it from power. These attacks on PM Yingluck’s administration are responsible for the current unrest in Thailand. The prime examples of the attempts to dismantle the government by the Democrat Party include the blocking of the constitution amendments, and the initiation of disorders inside the parliament.

Another medium that the Democrats’ leaders have tried was to lead a large-scale street demonstrations to create chaos on the street, but since only a small number of people shows up and the soldiers did not get involved, their plan have failed accordingly.
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The Country’s Solution through Reformations

Tida Tavonseth,

President of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

27th August 2013.

If the current situation in Thailand is peaceful and the future is bright while the people are full of hope, there is no need to find a solution for this country but it is understandable by many that Thailand is currently experiencing anarchism and there is a possibility that it can become a failed state if the conflict of ideology is not managed properly. If the situation was mismanaged it can develop into a civilian’s confrontation and ultimately lead to a riot which can cause tremendous loss of lives as evidenced in other nations.
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NY Times : Well-Mannered Thai Party Throws Down Its Gloves in Government Protests

NYTIMES_LOGO 2-13A version of this article was published by nytimes.com on August 25th, 2013, with the headline “Well-Mannered Thai Party Throws Down Its Gloves in Government Protests,” by Thomas Fuller.

BANGKOK — Booming loudspeakers, crowds of cheering protesters and the riot police on alert — after a relative lull of more than two years, politics is back on the streets in Thailand.

Thousands of demonstrators cheered in a vacant lot here on Saturday as speakers threatened to “overthrow” the government. But unlike in previous years, this time the protesters were members of Thailand’s oldest political party, the Democrat Party, which has long had a reputation as the staid, well-mannered and intellectual voice of the Bangkok establishment and has been firmly dedicated to resolving differences inside Parliament, where the Democrats lead the opposition.
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