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Former Thai PM Yingluck reminds Prayut of protests calling for her resignation

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Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra has taken to social media to remind the current Thai leader of the situation she found herself in 6 years ago, when she faced mounting calls for her resignation from Prayut Chan-o-cha and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee. The PDRC were instrumental in organising anti-government protests between 2013 and 2014, which culminated in a military coup led by the current PM. Yingluck, who, along with her brother, former PM Thaksin, lives in exile, has taken to Facebook to remind Prayut how she dissolved parliament to allow for fresh elections.

“I do not know if everyone still remembers? 6 years ago, a group of people called themselves the People’s Democratic Reform Committee and demanded my resignation. And the Army chief, Prayut Chan-o-cha, asked if I could continue leading the government. In the end, I decided to announce the dissolution of parliament to pave the way for new elections so that the people could determine the future of the country for themselves in keeping with democratic principles.”

Anti-government protests began in late 2013, when Yingluck’s Pheu Thai Party proposed an amnesty bill that was seen as paving the way for the return of her brother, who is living in exile due to corruption charges against him. The proposal led to widespread political protests, culminating in Yingluck’s removal from office in May 2014. The Royal Thai Army then declared martial law throughout the Kingdom, after which a military coup deposed Yingluck’s administration and installed army general Prayut as acting PM.

In her Facebook post, Yingluck addresses Prayut directly, pointing out that he should listen to those calling for his resignation and take action to allow the country to move on.

“Today, the same event has happened to Prayut. Students, brothers and sisters want to see the country change, and they are asking Prayut to resign and amend the constitution. I have been monitoring the situation in Thailand with concern.”

“It reminded me of a time when you asked me 6 years ago if I was okay. And I hope you remember that today and choose to make a decision quickly so that the country can calm down and move on.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    patty

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:56 am

    What goes around comes around

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    mike

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    There are some major differences that Yingluck should point out – she was democratically elected – Prayut was not and never has been. The current protests are organic. The protests that inspired her to dissolve parliament were organised by corrupt elitists who eventually staged an illegal military coup.

    The Yingluck government was legitimate. Prayut’s is not.

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      preesy chepuce

      Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:27 am

      The leader of Belarus was “democratically elected” with 80% of the vote, his government must be legitimate too, I guess…

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Her advice is good. Prayut should go in order to start the process to allow the country to move on.

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    James Scott

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    I have said from day one Thaksin and Yingluck will be the ones that will eventually win out of this. For all their faults, both were democratically elected and both instituted programs that helped the poor. They also both understood how to run a country and how to deal with international interests unlike the idiot in power at the moment.

    Eventually, they will end up back in Thailand and one, or both, will end up back in government.

    Meanwhile Prayut — an illegal prime minister put into ‘power’ by an illegal coup and then reinstated by a rigged election — needs to go.

    The man is scum, and the faster he is kicked out of government the better for everyone in Thailand.

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      Issan John

      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      I think Thaksin is very much seen as being “of his day”, and while Thailand’s first (and only) populist PM his time has past and the future probably lies with the younger generation and the likes of Thanathorn (Future Forward) rather than any politicians from the past.

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      preesy chepuce

      Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:28 am

      You’re absolutely dreaming. The president of Belarus has got more chance of winning out of this.

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    Agatha Beans

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Convicted criminal, like her brother, isn’t she?

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      "Convicted" by?

      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Of course, rule of law is a basic constitutional principle and a guiding star for a current military junta. Part of which is independent judiciary, which stands ready to convict any opposition to government

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      Douglas Higgins

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:06 am

      You say both her and her brother are convicted criminals by who. What you are forgetting is they were elected to that position to leed the country. There was those in the country who did not agree with what they were doing as supporting the farmers and poor people to free education for their children and health care. In response to this the army stage a coup and took control of the country and it was they who judged those two as criminals. Would you call that honest justice.

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        preesy chepuce

        Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:24 am

        Whilst terms like “criminal” are a bit extreme. It’s amazing how quickly people go on about “democracy” and edit out any questions of how free and fair those elections were, with thugs in pickup trucks, extra-judicial killings, and big money “influence” scattering amongst the poor to “help them vote” the right way. I wouldn’t have thought many people use words like “honest” and “justice”. There are major changes needed to transform a developing country into a developed one, and no voices from the past seem likely to make those changes.

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    TS

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Your illegal military takeover has never been recognised by most countries anyway mr dictator and Yingluck is right- There wont be the restored peace & order you say you want until you and your cronies leave the building. Free and transparent elections are what the demonstrators want; not more talk about new resolutions, conditions blah, blah. Quit stalling for time and beat it down the line.
    Thai people are smart and creative and they’re rightly sick and tired of your boots on their necks.

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    Pam

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:45 am

    None of your business anymore EX!

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    Douglas Higgins

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:51 am

    What those in control of Thailand are forgetting is that ecconomically they are crippling the country driving it further into poverty. What country will trade with them with the constant threat of unrest in that country. A number of foreign companies have moved their factories to Vietnam throwing more out of work. In the recent election votes from New Zealand were some how delayed which disqualified them from being counted leading to claims of corruption. It seems these protest will not go away until an honest general election is held. The detaining of protesters or the killing of them will only harm Thailand. Speaking to Thais on Sunday in my country they are sad to see this happening to their country and hope the government listens and holds an honest election.

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    Political Observer

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Hopefully General Prayut will be in exile soon. Charged with conspiracy to overthrow democratically elected governments.

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    Fred glue

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:29 am

    General Prayut is not in charge, some one else is, Thai students know who it is. That’s why they are upset.
    School kids can run & operate any country, all old fokes saying do this do that. Look at the yanks with there
    candidates, between the two It adds up too , 150- years, 75- each. For president..
    Someone got too help these kids in Thailand. Who I don’t know, but I wish them all the best.

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    John Brig

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    555

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    Don R

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    “Democrat is two wolves and a sheep arguing over what to have for dinner.”

    Even if they were democratically elected, I fear Thaksin and Yingluck more than the junta govt. Their Duterte-style extrajudicial killings disguised as a war on drugs speak to their true nature as politicians.

    In contrast, under the junta govt, Thailand is moving quickly towards legalization of marijuana. This is the kind of major change the country needs. Let poor farmers grow something that actually makes money! Let poor street venders hawk something that actually sells!

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SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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PHOTO: Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul is finally free on bail. (via Wikimedia)

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