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Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to US Senators’ support for pro-democracy movement

Maya Taylor

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After a number of US senators introduced a resolution in support of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has hit back, accusing them of not understanding the situation. In its statement, the MFA says Thailand has always respected the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. It goes on to claim the US resolution, introduced by Thai-American senator Tammy Duckworth, is not an official statement and only has the backing of a handful of senators.

MFA spokesman Tanee Sangrat says those involved in introducing the resolution are misguided in their beliefs and don’t have an accurate picture of the political situation in Thailand. He adds that the government has always allowed peaceful gatherings, but that such rallies must remain within the confines of the law. In the case of the activists who have been charged, this is a result of them breaking the law.

Pro-democracy protests have been taking place in Bangkok and around the country since mid-July, with activists calling for the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and a re-write of the Constitution, followed by the dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections. They are also calling for reforms to Thailand’s Monarchy.

Added to those calls are growing demands for the country’s lèse majesté law to be abolished. The law prohibits insulting, defaming or criticising the Monarchy, and carries a sentence of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. At least 12 political activists have now been charged under the law for their role in recent pro-democracy protests.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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28 Comments

28 Comments

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Agree with Thai MOF.

    Its not the business of the US what is happening in Thailand. The US should mind their own business.

    Fxxx the US.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      No, we don’t want to live in a CCP world; a world of fat old oriental dictators and potentates.
      I’m with the youth of Thailand, their hopes and dreams for freedom and prosperity. I believe in them, I believe in what they are capable of, the West is the Best, The East is the least.

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      Djdjsbsva

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:27 am

      Yes screw the usa – the niggest terrorist in the world! Want to spread “democracy” like they did destroying middle east for oil!

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      Agapito Aranas

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:47 am

      US has more problems to fix than many Asean countries like Thailand. Look at their current situation on pandemic and the recent election. Moscow Mitch and many US senators are complicits and enablers of the current admin criminal actions and attacks on democracy

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      Singharacha

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      @Alte Ledertasche
      You’re right.
      What is the U.S. government’s involvement? It is an interference in Thai internal affairs. Are the Thai people meddling in internal problems in the US?
      For months there have been demonstrations in Thailand; now there is an intervention by the US Senate (but only a few democrats). Strange coincidence. This gives credence to certain theses 😉

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      FanBingBing

      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:32 am

      How dare that Thai-American Senator have an opinion about civil liberties and authoritarian regimes. Thailand affairs are for corrupted China to dictate.

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    Denis

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Strongly agree with the Minister of Foreign Affairs
    As always, the United States believe they are masters of the world and allow themselves to interfere in the affairs of other states … When they do not themselves foment “crises”.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Better the land of the free than the CCP.
      Without western “interference”, the East would still be dominated by corrupt empires and bureaucrats – oh wait… it’s 1853 all over again… study history, you fool.

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      Singharacha

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      @Denis
      You’re right.
      It’s colonialism.

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    Issan John

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Ditto, Denis and A L.

    Glass houses and all that …..

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      You should know better… you come from a country where freedom is the norm, yet you would deny those rights to those you deign to live amongst? Why’s that? Are they less human than you? Do they not deserve the same rights that you grew up with and took for granted?

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    It is the duty of free democratic nations to object to tyrants oppressing the peoples of other nations.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      Well said Toby. When I look into my wife’s eyes, I do not see a Thai, I see a human being.
      She has two citizenships… but one looks so much different than the other.
      The CCP-controlled apologists for the status quo are on the wrong side of history.

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      Singharacha

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      @Toby Andrews
      “It is the duty of free democratic nations to object to tyrants oppressing the peoples of other nations”
      OOwwww … duty ! Really ?
      First : USA is neither free nor democratic.
      Second : Even if USA were a “free democratic nation”, it would not give it the right to interfere in the internal affairs of another nation.

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    Ian

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    But you let China dictate the affairs you so blinkered the world hates what Thailand’s corrupt dictatorship is doing not just America you idiots

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      I agree… it’s the lack of consistency that’s the problem… if they said, no to “foriegn influence” and included the CCP controlled China in that, then they would have a fair point; but we know that’s not what they’re saying – they are spouting a message handed down by Peking.

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      Singharacha

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      @Ian
      Did you read the article ? It is not about China but about US interference into internal Thai affairs.

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        XiJinpingsBoot

        Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:34 am

        A Thai-American Senator, so she does have a right.

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    john

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Perhaps AmeriKa could confine themselves to investigating their own Banana Republics’ corrupt election and leave Thailand alone.

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    The government uses its power to determine which “assemblies” are lawful or not.

    If the government is questioned by its people as to whether it has the moral and legal authority to govern, then any assembly should be allowed in a democracy.

    These assemblies and protests are “outlawed” because the current government neither believes in, nor practices democracy. The MFA’s complaint is moot.

    You can piss on the USA all you want, but the matter of fact is that they have clearly stated what you refuse to admit, the current government is neither democratic, nor lawful.

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      Singharacha

      Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      @Mister Stretch
      USA is not a democracy but a republic.
      USA has no lessons to give to Thailand.

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    Marvin Kelly

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    A more proper response from the MFA would have been to condemn the US for its treatment of protestors under the administration of the criminal Trump family.

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    Fabian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Currently, according to the Bangkok Post, the Thai government is trying to silence critics again through social media. I am a critic, many here are critics. Our voices are not very loud, so we shouldn’t have to worry too much, but you never know what will happen. It’s a slippery slope when you give in to the autocracy. Maybe some day you will find the police banging on your door because you insulted Prayut. We have freedom of speech and it’s a very great asset but it’s threatened by a growing power of autocracy in worldwide.

    If we as people can criticize a government for it’s authoritarian ruling, why a country can’t do that? The US, and its democratic system are both far from perfect. But if people and countries can’t criticize each other anymore we get a world without accountability. We get Leviathan.

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      Singharacha

      Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      The aim of mainstream so-called “social” media (GAFAM) is not free speech, but money and power.
      They censor people who disagree with them.
      In the USA, millions of people left and continue to leave Guggle, FakeBook, Twatter because of that.

      “The US, and its democratic system are both far from perfect. ” :
      1. It’s not a democratic system.
      2. Not only it’s not only very far to be perfect but it’s more and more tyrannic.

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    Singharacha

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I don’t understand: I sent three comments. Each time you answered me “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” In the end none has been published. What for?

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      Singharacha

      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:17 am

      Thank you. I apologize for being not patient enough.

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    习近平皇帝

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:14 am

    The only “interference” allowed in Thai internal affairs is by China.

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    BootsyXiaoJinJin

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Ah that Thai-American Senator, doesn’t she know that Thai gov’t officials only respond to back room deals and under the table money?!? Being forthright and transparent will accomplish nothing. Just look at how China gets what they want from Thailand, full on corruption!

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