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Thai senators are warning United States senators not to meddle in Thai politics and affairs. The warning comes at a time of ongoing pro-democracy protests with calls for monarchy reformation, a taboo and controversial subject in Thai society. They say interference in Thai affairs will hurt Thai-US relations which date back around 200 years.

The warning follows a resolution introduced by the US Senate to show support for Thailand’s pro-democracy movement and urge the Thai government to stop responding to the protests with violence. In some major protests in Bangkok, police have used high pressure water cannons laced with tear gas to break up protest crowds.

Thai-born US senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois backs the resolution and says she urges Thai leaders to listen to the people and respect democratic principles.

“As a Thai-American who fought to protect the right to peacefully protest here at home, I know that both the long-standing, strong relationship between the US and Thailand as well as every individual’s inalienable democratic rights are critically important to uphold and defend.”

Head of Thailand’s Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Pikulkaew Krairerk, says Thailand upholds a democratic system with HM the King as head of the state. She adds that the government is also determined to solve problems… peacefully.

Thailand’s democratic process was interrupted in 2014 when the Royal Thai Army conducted a coup, abolishing the 2007 constitution and replacing the civilian government with a military junta under the then-general Prayut Chan-o-cha. The junta’s National Council for Peace and Order drafted a new constitution in 2017 and, according to the resolution by the US Senate, was served to “erode Thailand’s democracy and constitutional protection of rights.” Protesters are now calling on a rewrite of the constitution.

Pikilkaew argues that the current government was democratically elected and the constitution upholds the fundamental principles of the rights and liberties of the people. She goes on to say that any American politician with concerns or questions regarding Thai politics should contact the Thai embassy and consulates in the US.

Royalists, who support the Thai Monarchy, have been accusing the United States government of backing Thailand’s pro-democracy movement in a so-called hybrid war. Back in October, they held a protest in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok, calling on American politicians to stop interfering with Thai affairs.

Click HERE to read the US Senate resolution.

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    Peter

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    It’s as clear as the nose on our faces that China will be the puppet masters for Asean for decades to come.
    The Sino Thai elite will be the trojan horse and the pandemic will mark the beginning of a new Thai xenophobia against farangs.
    I an so glad i have not burned bridges and still own property in the UK.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      “The Sino Thai elite will be the trojan horse …..”

      Sorry, I’m completely lost by that one. Where does the “Sino Thail elite” fit in to as a “trojan horse”?

      🙂 ROFL

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        Peter

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        It’s not difficult to work out even for a rice farmer like you Destitute John.
        The majority of wealth in Thailand has an inbreed Chinese connection.
        Surely even you know that.

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          Gosport

          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:26 pm

          That lady was a thai. She is the puppet of some ousted thai. Two ousted got education in usa. They are the real puppets of it. They forgot their roots of being Thai, they cherished being the puppets.

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        preesy chepuce

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:18 pm

        He’s implying that there is “elite capture” and chequebook diplomacy going on in Thailand by the CCP via ethnic Teochew Thai citizens. Sino-Thai politicians who are trying to contrive something out of thin air to say something that somehow aligns with the CCP narrative, when in reality, the US not really that interested in Thailand at the moment. It’s well documented now, I mean even the Pope is accused of collusion with the CCP, after the Vatican reportedly received a large bail-out from the CCP, and in return said nice things about the CCP.
        The CCP is desparate to retain the influence it’s gained through aggressive “Belt & Road” chequebook/loanshark diplomacy and elite capture over the years, but nobody believes anything the CCP reports about COVID in China, nor do they believe the inflated GDP growth figures creatively accounted for by CCP bureaucrats, or the colossal debt mountain that the CCP is hiding.

        John isn’t really a scholar of Communist China though, is he?

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        Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:42 pm

        What is this ROFL?
        YOUR POSTS ARE HARD ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND WITHOUT TRYING TO DECOPHER YOUR CLEVER CLEVER ABREVIATIONS.

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      Peter N

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      I am compelled to agree with you, I think there’s a massive reset on its way, which IMO has been on the cards for several years. Like yourself, I’ve kept my capital in UK property, apart from a modest amount in the SCB, (in case I do visit again). The money I saved from the 2 cancelled trips I would have made in the current year, plus the money reserved for the coming 3/4 months, I have spent on a used German supercar, which provides me with more enjoyment and excitement than an old, overweight, overpriced beach road hooker ever could. The magic of the Pattaya of old, has long gone, having been replaced by tumble weed blowing down Walking street. LOL (but very sad indeed)

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        Peter

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:36 pm

        I make a genuine and serious point to anyone thinking of selling up at home, to live the dream in Thailand.
        Spend the capital over a few years in Thailand. Then what? Frozen UK state pension and poverty await.
        How can you afford to buy or rent in the UK if you want to go back?
        You will be in a world of trouble.
        Keep a bolt hole whatever you do.

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      Fabian

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      My first thought was similarly: and what about China? Another uproar in the upcoming new cold war.

      One reason I find the Thai pro democracy movement so interesting is because they are on the front line between democracy and autocracy. Hong Kong got run over by autocracy.. so, now it’s up to the Thai pro democracy movement to defy the autocracy. A difficult but very important task.

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      Sara

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:30 pm

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

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        Math

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:59 am

        They legitimize the color revolutions organized by the USA in Thailand and now directly supported by these senators by explaining that it is because the country is too close to China.

        In fact, Thailand is trying to keep its independence by juggling with the 2 powers, as they used to do before when the country was between the 2 colonial powers, England and France.

        The globalists want to overthrow this government and the monarchy to put their puppets in power.

        But their continuous attacks will force Thailand to get closer and closer to China.

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          Sara

          Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:23 am

          @Math
          I totally agree with you :
          These demonstrations to establish a so-called “democracy” are manipulated and financed from the outside.
          The real goal of those politicians who incite college and university students to demonstrate is to eventually overthrow the Thai monarchy, end Thailand’s independence, and bring puppets to power in the service of the US and globalists.

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    Slugger

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    They can’t keep their noses out can they?

    How many protestors died in Thailand since the BLM happened in America?

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      preesy chepuce

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      The CCP? No, they really can’t, they seem very keen to capture Thailand, and treat it like a province.

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      John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      Neither is America

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      Sara

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      @Slugger
      I agree with you :
      USA have no lessons to give to Thailand.

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    Ameila Leary

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    It’s just as clear that China has been the Thai marionette masters for decades. The Trojan horse will be the Sino Thai elite and the pandemic will mark the start of a new Thai xenophobia towards farangs. The government needs to be determined to solve problems peacefully, but the Thai puppets are taking every possible step to crush the federal voices of their people in the footsteps of mainland China. And now they’re also trying to intimidate the people who back those voices.

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    Ameila Leary

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    HIUANXLHFIt’s just as clear that China has been the Thai marionette masters for decades. The Trojan horse will be the Sino Thai elite and the pandemic will mark the start of a new Thai xenophobia towards farangs. The government needs to be determined to solve problems peacefully, but the Thai puppets are taking every possible step to crush the federal voices of their people in the footsteps of mainland China. And now they’re also trying to intimidate the people who back those voices.hsDUIACBGYV

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    How does a resolution, which holds no power in the US government interfere with Thai politics?

    Resolutions are passed all the time to note “American Hot Dog Day” or similar weighty issues.

    The supporters of the non-democratically elected government would do well to look in the mirror and not hide from the truth that the opposition sees all to well.

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    jesus monroe

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Peacefully……bang bang your dead…..ahhh so peaceful now

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    luca

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    China is a communist dictatorship and wants to expand its power in the areas near its borders, the simplest way is to govern other countries with their own puppets. The fact that Thailand has also become a dictatorship under the control of the military is proof that Chinese policy has been successful. To me as a tourist it doesn’t matter who governs Thailand and I think that in the years to come it will be very cheap to travel again because China protects its interests not those of Thai people.

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      Robert Elliot

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm

      China wants to expand power far beyond its borders, its goal is to become the dominant global power. Many resource rich countries in Africa are pretty much Chinese colonies.

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      Math

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

      The U.S. “liberated” Afghanistan from the “evil Russians”, Iraq from the “evil Saddam”, Libya from the “bloodthirsty Gaddafi”, attempted in Syria and so many other countries as before in Vietnam and all its countries have experienced the worst horrors, years of wars and endless chaos.

      Before that, all these countries were at peace and were moving slowly towards more democracy.

      And you wish the same for Thailand!

      The mainstream media in the hands of the mundialists know very well how to manipulate the populations to get their approval in these operations, in these wars.

      They demonize all the countries that are still free and they are careful not to criticize the countries that they have subjugated and that do worse.

      It is comical to see some French people shocked by what is happening in Thailand as described by the mundialist media, imagining that the country is ruled by a terrible dictatorship when they do not see that what is happening in their own country, in the hands of these mundialists, is incomparably worse!

      Wars are repeated and the world becomes more dangerous because of indifference and misinformation.

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        Samwise

        Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:49 am

        The US invaded those countries for oil. Thailand has no natural resources worth plundering so America could give two sh*ts about it. It’s a 3rd world dump for all Americans are concerned, so there is no devious plan to help pro democracy protesters here or interfere. If you think there is, you’re mental.

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    Michael

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    One of the worst things is the government’s twisting of the truth. Creating an alternative truth. Lies are told without any shame. Everyone knows that the elections were not democratic. There is a Constitution subordinate to army regulations. And no freedom of the press. Thailand is certainly not a democracy.

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      John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:24 pm

      Neither is America.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I so fear forvthailand the sweet should stand together and defendcthese lovely people and has Thailand’s corrupt government of dictators forgot who started covid 19 exactly ,China shame on you thank god the west can stand upto you so i say to thailand pick your side but you already have I now ask the western leaders to protect the lovely kind Thai people we are not dirty farang but people who care

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    James R

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I bet the USA is quaking in its boots at the moment with a threat from such a powerful nation as Thailand.

    They could threaten them with their new non-nuclear submarines they just bought from China.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    “Thai-born US senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois backs the resolution” – hahaha saw that one coming from a mile away. Honestly things like this need to just be ignored. Fact is they don’t actually interfere with another country since they have no legal power to effect America’s actions or decisions. They certainly don’t have any power in another country. The only real power they exert is that by people in the other country paying attention to them. Ignore them, American’s do it all the time.

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    Mike

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    “Thai senators warn United States politicians not to interfere with Thai affairs”

    Or what? What will you do? Wai them to death?

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Yes a wonderful relationship with America, apart from the time the Americans bombed Bangkok during the second world war.
    If Thais side with tyrants and dictators, they will not maintain friendly relations with the West.

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    Strider

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:55 am

    What does America know of democracy? America is a plutocratic state.

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    Ed Wijaranakula, Ph.D.

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:52 am

    The author may need to specify that ONLY the US DEMOCRAT SENATORS are instigating the complaint because the way it’s written it sounds like all of them are, which is not the case. Democrats are the MINORITY in the US Senate.

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    Samwise

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:01 am

    The only time the US interferes with other countries in this day and age is to pillage resources for the corporate donors to profit from. Thailand has coconuts. No one in the US knows or cares what happens to Thailand. It’s 3rd world for all they are concerned. Only advantage of the US remaining in good graces is an additional resource for the military, but realistically, it contributes very little to military strategy. There are many more important countries in the region in that sense. Only reason it was even mentioned in a US government body is that this particular senator happened to be half Thai. There is no overarching conspiracy of interference with whatever Government structure Thailand ends up with, which will likely be Chinese controlled in the end. If the US really wanted to interfere, the existing government would be gone already and a puppet would already be in place.

    TLDR: Thailand isn’t important. US wouldn’t waste brainpower or resources to try to interfere with it’s future.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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