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Pitak Siam and the NACC- UDD Lawyer Assesses Risk of Coup

UDD lawyer Robert Amsterdam posted an article on his blog outlining the threat of a coup by the Thai elites in light of this weekend’s rally by right-wing group Pitak Siam. Particular attention should be paid to paragraph discussing the powers of the Senate and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to impeach the Prime Minister and other members of parliament:

As of its latest proclamation, the anti-democracy movement Pitak Siam stated that the goal of its November 24 demonstration in Bangkok is to force the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Even Pitak Siam knows that a government elected by large margins less than eighteen months ago will not find a demonstration of (at best) a few tens of thousands of people a compelling enough reason to resign, especially given its robust majority in parliament and strong support in opinion polls. The idea that a small minority should trump the will of the majority of the electorate does not wash in twenty-first century Thailand. This is not your great-grandfather’s old Siam.

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“We use ideas, not violence” -UDD Leaders

At the press conference today, UDD leaders addressed Tuesday’s violent clash between Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts, the relationship between the Pheu Thai party and the Red Shirt movement, as well as the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand’s (TRCT) final report. They also announced the opening of a Political School on Sunday in Bangkok.

Regarding the clash that occurred on Tuesday in front of the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) office, Warawut Wichaidit argued that the conflict was initiated by Yellow Shirts in an attempt to provoke violence from the Red Shirts. He reaffirmed that the Red Shirts must refrain from engaging with the Yellow Shirts in this way, as it is part of a plot to demonise the Red Shirts and depict them as a violent group. (more…)

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Yellow Shirts attack Red Shirts. UDD Leadership call for calm

Yellow Shirts vandalize pickup truck around noon, Tuesday

In Bangkok, Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts clashed in front of the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) offices on Phahon Yothin road after a violent mob of Yellow Shirts trashed the car of Red Shirt DJ Ko Tee around noon on Tuesday. The Yellow Shirts, who greatly out-numbered the Red Shirts for most of the day, threw water bottles and stones at the Red camp who attempted to defend themselves. Up to 600 police officers were deployed to control the situation and a Yellow Shirt protester was arrested for carrying a firearm. A Red Shirt protester suffered head injuries after being hit by a stone and was taken to hospital. Four other injuries were reported, including a news reporter.

As it becomes evermore apparent that the TRCT report delivers neither truth nor reconciliation, it is vital that the Red Shirts ignore provocations from the Yellow Shirts and their affiliates in the Democrat Party. (more…)

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