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Constitutional Amendment is the Power of the Parliament

13848604311384869815lOn 19 September 2013, at the “UDD Pheu Thai Rally to Protect Democracy”, co-leaders of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) insist to a large crowd of Red shirts supporters at Rachamangala stadium that they will reject the Constitutional Court’s decision tomorrow if it led to the disqualification of more than 300 MPs and Senators.

The announcement of the UDD core-members came after 312 lawmakers who supported the amendment bill from the upper and lower house of parliament have earlier declared that they would not accept the judicial decision if it decided to reject the constitutional amendment bill that would change the composition of the Senate from 76 elected and 74 appointed to fully elected assembly.
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Khaosod : Suthep”s Campaign To Oust Govt MPs Begins

Taken from Khaosod’s article called “Suthep”s Campaign To Oust Govt MPs Begins” by Khaosod online that was published on 16 November 2013.

(16 November) The anti-government protests have intensified their campaign against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra by calling for a mass petition to remove the 310 MPs who voted for the controversial amnesty bill.

The attempt of Pheu Thai Party to push for ′blanket amnesty′ has angered many critics of the government as the bill would dissolve corruption convictions of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and eventually allow him to return to power in Thailand. Mr. Thaksin is deeply despised by the anti-government protesters, who view him as a corrupt puppet who uses his sister as a proxy to retain power in Thailand.

With the exception of a handful MPs who abstained, a vast majority of Pheu Thai Party voted for the draft, only to hurriedly withdraw it once the scale of public hostility against the plan became clear. However, former Democrat MPs who are leading the protests at Ratchadamnoen Avenue argue that the government would stealthily pursue the bill later on.
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Photo Compilation and Videos from Red Shirts Rallies

Samut Prakarn : 13-11-13

Samut Prakarn : 13-11-13

The following are photos and videos compilation of the “UDD Pheu Thai Rally to Protect Democracy” in Khon Kaen (11-11-13), Chiang Mai (12-11-13), and Samut Prakarn province.

Various co-leaders from the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) along with many Phai Thai Party MPs have staged these nationwide rallies to clarify the organization’s and the party’s positions on the current political situation to the Red Shirts supporters. Another purpose of this rally is to show the government that they still have the support of the Red Shirts and to show the anti-government movement in Bangkok that the majority of the people are against their attempt to overthrow an elected government and the democratic system.
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UDD President and the Diplomat Interviews

thida_thavornseth_200Taken from the Diplomat Interviews by Steve Finch with Mrs Tida Tavonseth, president of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), that was published on 13 November 2013 via thediplomat.com

Thida Thavornseth is the chairperson of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), whose supporters are commonly known as the “Red Shirts,” which has traditionally aligned itself with Thailand’s ruling Pheu Thai Party, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, billionaire tycoon and exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. However, since the government recently tried to force through an amnesty bill for everyone caught up in Thailand’s recent political fighting – including Thaksin – the UDD and many of its Red Shirt supporters have begun to distance themselves from the Shinawatras. The amnesty may have died in the Thai Senate on Tuesday, but the controversy persists.
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President of the UDD Comment on Suthep’s called for a Nationwide strike

tnews_1368608828_996Yesterday, 11 October 2013, former Democrat MP for Surat Thani and former director of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) during the 2010 violence crackdown, Mr Suthep Thaugsuban, has called for a nationwide strike for public and private sector to join his anti-government protests in Bangkok.

In a desperate attempt to gather and prolong the mass at the protest sites, the former Deputy PM for Mr. Abhisit’s administration told the crowd that he and 8 other Democrat MPs will resign from their post to join them as civilians in order to protest against the blanket amnesty bill that was proposed by the Pheu Thai Party.
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Senate Scrubbed Blanket Amnesty

B157A01EFA7C461D9E6516D7235B8151Shortly before 11:00pm on 11 November 2013, members of the National Assembly have voted to strike down the “all the way down the soi” amnesty bill as expected since 10:00am this morning.

After 12 hours long debate, the senates have voted against the blanket amnesty bill and now according to Section 148 of the Constitution, the bill or a similar version of it cannot be resubmitted to the parliament for another 180 days.

The ruling Pheu Thai Party and PM Yingluck have earlier stated that the party will no longer pursue the blanket amnesty proposal and the premier will not attempt to resubmit the bill as an executive decree order.
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ICJ : Cambodia had Sovereignty over the Promontory of Preah Vihear temple, Not land

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At 17:00pm Today, on 11 October 2013 at the Hague, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Cambodia have sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory but did not touch upon the 4.6 sqkm disputed area which is still up for debate by the two countries.

According to Thai ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr Virachai Plasai, The court has decided against Cambodia’s claim for the 4.6 sqkm disputed land along with the area around Phu Makua (ภูมะเขือ) and the ICJ ruling does not effect the maritime boundary between the two countries as rumored.

According to the ICJ’s decision, some “small portion” of the territory around the vicinity of temple will now belong to Cambodia but they do not have jurisdiction over the remaining 4.6 sqkm which is still debatable and it is the parties obligation to “solve any dispute by peaceful means.” Thailand have to also withdraw their troops from the temple area as part of the verdict.
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Khaosod : Apologize To Redshirts, Red Sunday Leader Tells Govt

Ratchaprasong Rally against blanket amnesty : led by Sombat Boongarmanong

Ratchaprasong Rally against blanket amnesty : led by Sombat Boongarmanong

Taken from Khaosod article called “Apologize To Redshirts, Red Sunday Leader Tells Govt” that was published on 10 November 2013.

(10 November) A splinter group of the Redshirts movements has organised a rally in downtown Bangkok to criticise the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for its pursuit of the ′blanket amnesty′ bill.
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