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Protesters attempt to “wash away” government double standards

Jack Burton

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Continuing the wave of anti-government demonstrations which has swept the country for nearly 2 weeks, protesters calling themselves “Democracy June 24” gathered outside Government House in Bangkok yesterday and symbolically washed dishes carrying various political messages. The last dish, carrying a photo of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was dramatically smashed when protesters were “unable” to scrub it clean. (October 24 is the date of the 1932 revolution that transformed Thailand, then known as the Kingdom of Siam, from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.)

The leader of the demonstration said the protest was held to “voice discontent with the government’s double standards”, citing the ongoing case of Vorayuth Yoovidhya – scion of one of Thailand’s wealthiest families and heir to the Red Bull drinks empire – whose criminal charges, including reckless driving resulting in the death of a policeman, were recently dropped by public prosecutors.

“Meanwhile, the government is threatening ordinary people by enforcing laws such as extending the state of emergency and ‘disappearing’ activists like Wanchalearm Satsaksit.”

The famous activist, who fled Thailand accused of cybercrimes and violating the nation’s draconian lèse-majesté laws, was plucked off a street in Phnom Penh in early June and has not been heard from since. Neither the Cambodian nor the Thai government has given any indication of his fate.

The group then submitted a letter demanding the government reform in the country’s judiciary system. The demands include…

  • Revive Vorayuth’s case now that new evidence, including the presence of drugs in the suspect’s system, has come to light (just to throw a contemporary issue into the mix).
  • Review the role played by attorneys, police officers and investigators in this case to determine whether they failed to perform their duties, causing damage to the judicial process.
  • Separate investigators from police officers, find out if there has been any intervention and use proof of this as evidence in the case.
  • Push through drafts that remain stuck in the system, such as the National Police Act, Criminal Investigation Act and Criminal Procedure Amendment Act.

“If the government continues ignoring these demands, it will lose all credibility with the people.”

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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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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    Uncle Alan

    August 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Thai politics, the people deserve a better deal. The protests that led to the military coup opened the door to a virtual dictatorship What the protesters called a reform is a regression. The leaders of that protest garnered a lot of money, what did they do with it?

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