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Renowned social activist says PM should learn from Black May aftermath and resign

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A leading academic and social critic says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha should take a leaf out former PM Suchinda Kraprayoon’s book and resign. Sulak Sivaraksa was referring to the aftermath of the bloody Black May crackdown on protesters, which led to Suchinda’s resignation. Sulak was speaking at a ceremony in Santiporn Park in Bangkok, where a monument to those who died in the 1992 crackdown was unveiled.

“The country can only move forward if the old generation listens to the new generation’s demands. So, we ask the government to solve the dispute without violence.”

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In his address, Sulak also referenced the Siamese Revolution of 1932 that replaced absolute monarchy with constitutional rule.

“We hope that the new generation of military officials will pay the same attention to the nation and democracy as military officials did in 1932.”

Sulak has also hit out at the government’s use of Thailand’s lèse majesté law, accusing officials of using it for their own benefit and calling for the strict law to be abolished. Over 12 pro-democracy activists face charges under the law.

Meanwhile, Adul Khiewboriboon from the Relatives’ Committee of the May 1992 Heroes, has described the current political unrest as worse than the situation prior to Black May, as he too called for the PM’s resignation.

“Relatives of May 1992 heroes are praying for Prayut to resign soon, because no one can remain in their position forever.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    The PM Challenge…….Ego Vs Man……..May the real man win…..

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    gosport

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    The agitators should take a leaf from the Black May. They victimized innocent students. This is young kids should learn. Go home, make a living even by making papaya salads or mango salads. Breathing is way much better than heroes whose pics are only hung on the wall by the agitators who can make a fortune by writting your brave action. Go Home

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      John

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      I agree

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    John

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Communists only back down from violence. These commies always push for more. They will never be satisfied until they have taken the rein’s of power and slaughtered all resistors. Let China, and the Soviet Union be a lesson in history. Never compromise with those that wish to kill you. America is about to learn this lesson the hard way. Thank God we have the 2nd.

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      What incoherent babble… who are you speaking to, and what about?!

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        Maestro

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:02 pm

        Exactly.

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      Maestro

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      ????????? don’t bother…

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