Connect with us

Thailand

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

Caitlin Ashworth

Published 

 on 

PHOTO: Thai PBS

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.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Thailand. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

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.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Myanmar6 hours ago

Burmese military media outlets say ethnic army killed 25 workers

Thailand8 hours ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

Thailand9 hours ago

Purchases of fancy street lamps being investigated for possible corruption

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand News Today | BKK parks re-open… nearly, tropical storm, airport security upgrade | June 14

Thailand9 hours ago

Missing fisherman’s body found in sea off Nakhon Si Thammarat

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

CCSA: We’re out of vaccines

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Ayutthaya hospital to test all staff for Covid after 18 test positive

Thailand11 hours ago

13 teenagers arrested in Chon Buri for partying, gathering

Crime11 hours ago

Crime Suppression Division seizes dozens of illegal firearms in a series of raids

Crime11 hours ago

Marijuana valued at 10 million baht seized in Nakhon Phanom, 2 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,355 new cases, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Almost 100% of teachers and staff vaccinated in Bangkok

Thailand13 hours ago

Almost 8 million register for stimulus scheme, app briefly goes down

Best of13 hours ago

Top 5 best temples in Bangkok

Thailand14 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | What’s happening in Pattaya, Phuket sandbox, reopening for tourism

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending