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Pro-democracy activists rally against corrupt police promotion system

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

The pro-democracy group, Ratsadon, held a rally in Bangkok yesterday, this time with their sights set on Thailand’s police force and the corrupt practices involved in promotion. The system in which officers have to pay bribes to senior figures, allegedly including senior politicians, was highlighted in a debate in parliament last week.

Activists met at the Ratchaprasong intersection in the capital at around 5pm and stayed there for an hour, according to a Thai PBS World report. However, most of the speakers were unknown faces, with more prominent leaders, such as Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, and Mike Rayong notably absent. Those who addressed the crowd called on “honest” officers to join them in the fight for justice, as they slammed the widespread nepotism and corruption that is allegedly rife in the police force.

Protesters then marched to the nearby headquarters of the Royal Thai Police and sat on the street outside while speeches continued. At one point, an activist read out a letter which the group says was written by a police officer and addressed to his colleagues. In it, the officer calls on his colleagues to decide if they are serving the people or those in power, and asks them if they think they’ve been fairly treated by their bosses or used for political purposes. After the reading, rally participants were given copies of the letter.

The protest dispersed peacefully around 8.30pm, with organisers saying another rally is planned for today. Activists are being asked to wear black and will gather in front of the Criminal Court in a symbolic show of mourning for the country’s justice system. The “mourning” will last for 112 minutes, to protest Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, also known as the lèse majesté law. Participants will also call for the release of 4 detained protest leaders, Parit Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsook, and Patiwat Saraiyaem.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    It’s a start with a long long way to go to change a systemic problem. Even more so with many police officers missing out on tourism industry kick backs…….As Lennon sang “Power to the people” except Issan John. Only joking issan John we all love you too….

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      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      Micturation in a breeze. They quite rightly locked all their ‘leaders’ up.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Micturation? I had to look it up. I commend you Slugger for your avoidance of vulgar language.
    However you spoil your effort by spelling micturation wrongly. It is micturition, alas.

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    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    With people like you slug the Thai people suffer why do you want this, all these people want is a fair life freedom and democracy is this to much to ask in thailand

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      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      Sadly it is too much to ask in Thailand.
      Democracy? Thais have no idea what it is. It’s hard to know and understand what they never had.

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    James R

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Many years ago I was sitting in a restaurant thirty miles north of Bangkok, three men were drinking beer and talking loudly, it was in Thai but was translated to me quietly.

    They were discussing putting money together to get one of them promoted (they were police officers) by paying the usual ‘fee’ and once promoted they could help each other get promotion too later down the line.

    They did not care who could hear, it was the done thing then and seeing this news item it is probably still the same today.

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