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UDD to Democrat Party- “Let the Courts Establish the Truth”

At the weekly press conference on Friday, the UDD leadership responded to allegations made by the Democrat Party during its ‘men in black’ misinformation rally last Saturday.

UDD chairwoman Tida especially challenged Abhisit’s statement  rally that no lives would have been lost had it not been for the ‘men in black’,

The ‘men in black’ continue to star in the Democrat Party’s fantasy story in which 60,000 heavily armed troops in central Bangkok had little to do with the escalation in violence that killed 99 people. We must let the courts establish the truth.

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Farmers send Message to Academics: When it comes to Rice, We know Better

Up to 1,000 farmers and Red Shirt activists gathered outside the National Institute Development Administration (NIDA) on Tuesday to protest what they perceive as an assault on their livelihoods by 146 academics, who petitioned the Constitutional Court to terminate the Pheu Thai government’s rice-pledging program. Despite such threats of judicial interference, the government has just approved a total budget of 240 billion baht for 15 million tons of rice to be harvested this month, with prices at 15,000-20,000 baht per tonne, depending on quality.

The group of students and professors, led by NIDA academic Adis Isrankul na Ayutthaya, accuse the program of violating articles 43 and 84 of the military-backed Constitution of 2007, which stipulate that the government should promote “fair and free competition… and [an] equitable economy through market forces.” However, the Constitutional Court has rejected the petition, since it failed to identify the charter articles that would grant the court jurisdiction on the matter. A revised petition is almost certain to be issued shortly.

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