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Protest leader Parit distances himself from Free Youth’s justification of communism

Maya Taylor

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Pro-democracy protest leader Parit Chiwarak, aka “Penguin”, has sought to distance himself from the Free Youth group, following the movement’s defence of republicanism and communism. Thai PBS World reports that Parit’s move comes after a statement by the group, declaring that communism does not mean dictatorship. The statement, which appeared on a banner posted online by Free Youth, came shortly after the group changed its logo to resemble a hammer and sickle.

In its statement, the group goes on to defend communism, accusing “despotic capitalists” of fearing it as an economic model. It adds that the real meaning of communism is not that which is propagated by capitalists.

Parit says this way of thinking does not reflect the political philosophy of the Ratsadon group, of which he is a member. He is also a member of the United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration and says neither group shares Free Youth’s ideas on communism. He says both groups believe in democratic rule, whereby all citizens enjoy equal rights and freedoms.

He adds that while freedom of speech means Free Youth has the right to advocate for communism or republicanism, the group should give careful consideration to whether these ideologies reflect the will of the people.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Splitsville…….never a good place to be when trying to present a united front

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Glad to see the young man has enough intelligence to distance himself from the FYM, which has been speaking like they learned their political ideas from Karl Marx.

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    luca

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    it seems that china is intervening in the thai riots, surely these thai communists are financed by china, thailand is already a dictatorship soon it will also become communist under the chinese direction

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      Singharacha

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:36 am

      @luca
      TheThaiger published an article in which the so-called “pro-democray”leaders confessed they are supported by Western bilionnaires
      So-called “pro-democray” leaders are supported by Western bilionnaires, who claimed themselves as “philanthropists” but in reality are looking to submit the Thai people to get more power and more money.

      The money they give, directly or through their NGOs are not donations or gifts but investments.

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      Richard

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:32 am

      These pro Commie youth haven’t 2 brain cells to rub together

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        peter pape

        Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm

        Vietnam is a communist country and thriving (well actually it is now a nouvo capitalism country after it embraced doi moi (the new way) decades ago. It’s industrial output will soon scare Thailand and it’s Democracy. Nobody likes a totalitarian Stalinist Type Communism but why not try a true to Marx and Engels Analysis (read The Capital)type of shared values for all and f..k types like Bezos, Gates etc. for the common good ?

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    Alan

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Justification is one thing, practical application is something else entirely, the communist manifesto as applied in China, Russia, and other places became an opportunity to steal the wealth of others, and take over the country with a form of totalitarian dictatorship. Putting the means of production into the hands of the people, yeah, like 500,000 Uighur slaves in the cotton industry. Makes the USA cotton slaves look like small potatoes.

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    Dao

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I love how the media groups Communism and Republicanism together, whereas protestors are “pro democracy.” Classic diversion.

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    Dao

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I love how the media groups Communism and Republicanism together, whereas protestors are “pro democracy.” What happened to objective journalism?

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