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PM issues ominous warning as students submit manifesto

Jack Burton



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Yesterday, leaders of the student movement Free Youth submitted their now-infamous 10 point manifesto on reforming the Monarchy to a House committee for consideration.

Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, a leader of a group calling itself the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, forwarded the 10-point manifesto, which was compiled at a demonstration on August 10 at Thammasat University, to Move Forward Party MP Padipat Suntiphada, chairman of the House Committee on Political Development, Mass Communications and Public Participation.

Padipat said the committee invited 4 student groups to a meeting yesterday to listen to their opinions on political issues such as the proposed rewrite of Thailand’s Constitution and the establishment of a charter drafting assembly. The groups included the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, the Free Youth group and a pro-monarchy group of vocational students. Padipat urged all sides to listen to students’ opinions without bias.

“Even though we may not agree with them, we must listen to their reasons with respect.”

Panasaya said the group wants to reform the monarchy and the government should consider their 10 demands.

In a related story, 2 leaders of the Free Youth group, identified as Ford Thatthep and James Panumas, were arrested and taken to Bangkok’s Samranrat station yesterday on 7 charges, including sedition. They were later taken to the Criminal Court to be detained.

Police have issued arrest warrants for 15 leaders of an anti-government protest on July 18 at the Democracy Monument. As of today, 13 of them have already been arrested. The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau says police are gathering evidence to see if protesters at another rally on August 16 in Bangkok breached public gathering regulations. If the protesters are found to have violated the law, police will issue warrants to summon them.

In another Bangkok protest, which took place on July 20 in front of the army headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Road, Anon Nampa, Suwanna Tanlek, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Piyarat Jongthep earlier presented themselves at Nang Loeng station to hear the charges they face.

The charges include sedition, illegally accessing computer system data related to national security, violating the Emergency Decree and Communicable Disease Act and using loudspeakers to promote their cause without a permit.

Meanwhile PM Prayut Chan-o-cha issued his most ominous warning yet to protesters seeking his ouster, saying they are driving divisions that could cause the collapse of the nation.

“If we want to overcome each other politically, the nation will collapse. If that happens, just wait — everybody will be on fiery land, engulfed in flames.”

PM issues ominous warning as students submit manifesto | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:42 am

    No No No!
    Too polite. The protesters will never have anything changed this way.
    The government will just nod, agree, and investigate the demands – for the next nine months!
    Look at the protests in the USA.
    Now that’s protesting. This is what Thailand needs. It is the only way.

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      Michael Lewis

      Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11:50 am

      You should refrain from inciting political unrest and rioting in Thailand which is a civilised country. Best you take your ideas about inciting riots to your home country where they will not hesitate to lock you up as a common criminal. The US is not a democracy it is a corporate dictatorship.

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    Tobias Krantz

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Pause a minute and analyze the PM’s threat.” Everybody will be on fiery land, engulfed in flames. That is serious. Being a military veteran, I interpret that He is going to W.P the entire country. (White Phosphorus)

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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