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Activist Sombat receives police summons

PoliticsOct 22. 2020Sombat BoonngamanongSombat Boonngamanong 

By THE NATION

Pro-democracy activist Sombat Boonngamanong said on his Facebook page on Thursday that he has received summons from police because they claimed he had asked protesters to shout “Prayut, resign!”

The activist said that when he called police to ask why he received the summons, the police explained that he had asked people to shout the words from a skywalk, which links to Asok BTS station.

However, Sombat posted on his page that a person on the skywalk first shouted “Prayut” and then those under the skywalk responded with the word “resign”.

The activist claimed that he was not concerned about being prosecuted. He did not specify on which date the incident took place.

According to the summons, Sombat must visit Thong Lor Police Station next Tuesday (October 27) at 1pm.

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Mahanakorn for Democracy Group protester arrested

PoliticsOct 22. 2020Passarawalee ThanakijwibulpolPassarawalee Thanakijwibulpol 

By THE NATION

Crime Suppression Division officers arrested Passarawalee Thanakijwibulpol, a pro-democracy protester from the Mahanakorn for Democracy Group, on Wednesday night for violating the emergency decree.

She was among a procession of protesters who submitted a resignation letter for the prime minister to sign. The letter was handed to the premier’s deputy secretary for political affairs Prateep Keeratirekha.

The arrest came after a warrant was granted by the Pathumwan Municipal Court.

According to a report, Passarawalee said she was not scared of being prosecuted but the arrest was unfair.

She was sent to Border Patrol Police Region 1 in Pathum Thani.

Police have asked the court for 11 more warrants to arrest leaders of those who participated in the political rally at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong Intersection on October 15.

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Ratsadon to PM: Resign or we will intensify protest

PoliticsOct 22. 2020

By THE NATION

Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Pakkapong Pongpetra accepted a letter from representatives of the Ratsadon protester group at 9.25pm on Wednesday that urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign.

The protesters gathered yesterday at Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road in front of Government House in Dusit district.

An excerpt from the letter read: “We have marched to Government House today to give the government an ultimatum. General Prayut must resign while the legal prosecution against arrested protest leaders must be stopped. We will give the government three days to comply or we will come back and increase the level of protest.”

The demonstrators had also prepared a resignation letter for the prime minister to sign, and handed it to Prateep Keeratirekha, the deputy secretary to the prime minister for political affairs.

After submitting the letter, the protesters dispersed peacefully at 9.30pm.

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Law deans urge court to revoke ‘severe’ state of emergency

PoliticsOct 22. 2020Pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok continue to protest against the government on Wednesday. Photo by Tanachai Pramarnpanich 
#NationPhoto Pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok continue to protest against the government on Wednesday. Photo by Tanachai Pramarnpanich #NationPhoto 

By Wichit Chaitrong
The Nation

Law faculty deans from Thammasat, Chulalongkorn, Prince of Songkla, and Chiang Mai universities have sent an open letter to the presidents of Parliament and the Supreme Court urging the court to overrule the state of emergency imposed by the government on October 15.

The move comes after opposition parties, students and civil groups filed lawsuits against the emergency order, which the government used to crack down on peaceful protesters. The protesters are demanding the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government, a new Constitution and reform of the monarchy. Dozens of protest leaders have been arrested in the past two weeks, many of them still in jail after being refused bail.

The four deans argued that the unprecedented scale of the protests indicates that existing political solutions are not sustainable in the long term.

Student-led protests have spread across the country, drawing support from people of all ages, they observed. The calls for fundamental change to the legal and political system and genuine public participation in national reform had drawn both support and opposition from across Thai society, the deans noted. Although the demands were deemed illegal by the government and might wound the feelings of those who disagree, protesters had a genuine intention to help Thailand develop and overcome political conflict sustainably. Their freedom of expression is also protected by the Constitution and international norms, said the academics.

They also pointed out that many law professionals had voiced opposition to the severe state of emergency imposed in Bangkok, calling it unwarranted. By law, the emergency decree can only be invoked for cases of terrorism or other serious violence. The state of emergency limits media freedom and permits authorities to detain suspects without charges for up to 30 days. As well as grossly violating people’s rights, it would not lead to a peaceful political solution, the law deans said.

The state of emergency has not stopped large numbers of protesters gathering across the country, they observed. The protests had also been peaceful, with only minor confrontations between pro-democracy demonstrators and other groups that did nothing to damage their legitimacy as peaceful assemblies. This showed that the state of emergency is unnecessary and goes against the Constitution and international norms, they said. Therefore, it should be cancelled immediately and the government should use normal laws to deal with the situation.

The four deans urged the court to scrutinise the executive branch in line with the balance of power between the government, the judiciary and Parliament. The court had a duty to protect the rights of the people, they said. Parliament should also be used as a mechanism for solving political conflict peacefully, the four deans added.

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Royalists clash with pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok

PoliticsOct 21. 2020Photo by Wanchai KraisornkhajitPhoto by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit 

By The Nation

Royalists skirmished with student-led protesters rallying at Ramkhamhaeng University’s Huamark campus on Wednesday.

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

royalist group had gathered at the university and declared it wanted to protect the monarchy from groups it said were inciting people without presenting the facts.

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

The clash was quickly defused by police, but protesters led by the Ramkhamhaeng Network for Democracy decided to file a complaint and hold a rally in front of Huamark Police Station. They also pleaded for protection from the university’s board.

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Protesters said a secretary to Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam and a close friend of former People’s Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban were among the royalist they encountered.

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

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Royalists use liberal university’s grounds to declare stance against protesters

PoliticsOct 21. 2020Photo by Wanchai KraisornkhajitPhoto by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit 

By The Nation

A royalist group gathered in Ramkhamhaeng University’s Huamark campus on Wednesday to announce that it wanted to protect the monarchy from groups that are allegedly inciting people without presenting facts.

The network demands action on the following points:

• People who behaved inappropriately during the royal motorcade on October 14 must be condemned.

• People who spurred this behaviour must be taken to account.

• Anti-government protesters must stop causing conflicts among people.

The group said that though it does not intend to interfere with the pro-democracy movement, it does not agree with the protesters’ viewpoint and believes they are violating the law as well as people’s rights and liberties.

The network is also inviting other royalists to swear their loyalty to the monarchy at an event in the university’s Huamark campus on October 31 from 4pm onwards.

However, Ramkhamhaeng University students have long been known for their anti-establishment views and have often participated in pro-democracy protests.

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Students, MPs turn to court for action against emergency rule

PoliticsOct 21. 2020Photo by Korbphuk PhromrekhaPhoto by Korbphuk Phromrekha 

By THE NATION

Six law students from Chulalongkorn and Thammasat universities filed a complaint with the Bangkok Civil Court on Wednesday, demanding that the government lift the “severe” state of emergency, which has been in effect from last week.

The students also asked for court injunction from strong measures under the emergency decree. 

The students’ court complaint against the government has also won the backing of law organisations such as Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, the EnLAW organisation, the Human Rights Lawyers Association, the Muslim Attorney Centre, Legal Rights and Environmental Protection Association, the Cross Cultural Foundation, the Union for Civil Liberty and Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw).

On Tuesday, Pheu Thai MPs Cholnan Srikaew and Jirayu Houngsub filed a lawsuit against the prime minister for declaring a state of emergency, which they said was unjustified. 

Photo by Korbphuk Phromrekha

Photo by Korbphuk Phromrekha

Cholnon said they want the court to order a revocation of the two emergency decrees issued on October 15 and 16, as well as grant protection to pro-democracy protesters. 

The hearing for this case has been scheduled for Thursday. 

Meanwhile, former Democrat MP Watchara Petchthong and former judge Kasem Suphasit are also seeking legal action against Prayut for “unlawfully implementing the state of emergency”.

Photo by Korbphuk Phromrekha

Photo by Korbphuk Phromrekha

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Wordplay gives ongoing rallies a humorous slant

PoliticsOct 21. 2020

By THE NATION

Despite rising tensions and intensifying protests, pro-democracy activists have found humour in the situation and come up with funny slang terms to describe people or the state of affairs.

For instance, monks and novice monks in their orange robes are referred to as “carrot” and “baby carrot”, “broccoli” describes soldiers thanks to their green uniforms, police in khaki uniform are “mocha” and riot police in darker khaki are “oliang” or black Thai iced coffee.

Meanwhile celebrities who change their stance have earned the moniker “look chup”, referring to the brightly coloured Thai sweet, while food vendors are called “CIA” because they usually get to the protest sites ahead of protesters.

People spying on the protesters have been named “Natasha Romanoff” after the Marvel comic character, Thanathorn Juangroogruangkit’s blue raincoat has earned him the nickname “Doraemon”, while the yellow-shirt royalists are merely referred to as “minions”.

The most often used word at this protest and previous rallies is “kaeng” or “curry” in Thai, which when uttered in a different tone can also mean “tease”. This word is often used to describe police when they are “annoyed” by protesters.

Meanwhile, the word “kaeng mor yai” or big pot of curry is used to describe big incidents in which the police are tricked by protesters, and “kaeng thae pho” is a play on words describing the youths’ tactics to avoid police.

The Free Youth group and its ally United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration have also renamed the government intelligence agency (known in Thai as “Nuay Khao Klong”) as “Nuay Khao Kaeng” or the agency of mischievous news, and use the new name to preface the announcement of protest sites.

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Chiang Mai University speaks up for freedom of press

PoliticsOct 21. 2020

By THE NATION

Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Mass Communications issued a statement on Tuesday urging the government to be open to opinions from all sides and to respect the freedom of press.

The statement was published after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission and Digital Economy and Society Ministry decided to suspend some media operations, claiming that they were a risk to national security. 

The faculty is calling for:

• The government to communicate with people openly and be open to opinions from all sides. It should also stop exercising its powers to block people and media from presenting their political views. 

• Each side should hold peaceful discussions to solve the ongoing problems. Communication that intensifies hatred among people must be stopped.

• Government agencies should ensure media’s rights and freedom is being respected, and should present themselves when media operations are being interrupted unfairly. 

On Tuesday, the court ordered the closure of Voice TV’s Facebook page for allegedly violating the state of emergency and the Computer Crimes Act. 

Voice TV responded by saying that Facebook was an open space for people to learn facts from every aspect, which is a great contribution to society. It also said that the people behind this action should take responsibility and be just.

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