Connect with us

Thailand

Thanathorn says he’ll fight for Thailand’s ethnic minorities

Jack Burton

Published 

 on 

Thanathorn says he’ll fight for Thailand’s ethnic minorities | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit says his opposition party will press for recognition of the basic rights of Thailand’s ethnic minorities, including ancestral land rights and access to state welfare.

The party leader was in the western province of Tak on Friday to attend New Year celebrations among the Hmong hill tribe, and to seek their support for the party. Thanathorn says that ethnic minorities are treated as second-class citizens and have been taken advantage of by the current government.

He told the audience he can’t explain the problems ethnic minorities face, such as land disputes and access to state welfare, as well as they themselves can, because he doesn’t feel their pain and suffering at the hands of state officials.

He pointed out that the FFP has two party-list MPs representing ethnic minorities.

Warong Dechgitvigrom, of the pro-government Ruam Palang Prachachart party, sees Thanathorn’s tactic as part of an effort to stir up dislike of the Thai nation. In a Facebook post, Warong called on the FFP to stop their “hate campaign against the Thai nation,” and specifically cited their meetings with hill tribe groups.

He urged people in Bangkok to attend his year end gathering aimed at “spreading the word about Future Forward’s hate-based doctrine.”

Meanwhile, on another Facebook page Thanathorn told supporters not to lose faith in the party, to carry on their fight against injustice and “restore true democracy to Thailand.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



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

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Politics

Poll reveals Thais hope President-elect Biden will be a “good leader”

The Thaiger

Published

on

Poll reveals Thais hope President-elect Biden will be a “good leader” | The Thaiger

Thailand’s Suan Dusit Poll has revealed that most Thais hope that the President-elect Joe Biden will be a good leader of his country. The opinion survey, by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, was conducted online on November 13 through November 18, in which 1,038 people responded with their opinions throughout the country.

A majority of Thais, almost 90%, responded that they were interested in the US Presidential election outcomes and were following the news regularly. About 58% responded as moderately following the elections and almost 32% highly interested in the elections. Only about 10% of respondents said that they were not interested in the elections.

Of those who responded as being interested in the election, their reasons were largely due to the fact that they felt the elections have a large impact on the world economy, with almost 74% of poll’s respondents agreeing with that reasoning. About 61% of respondents said the reasons they were interested was because the US is a world superpower, while about 49% said they were merely interested in who would be the winner.

The elections come at a time when Thailand is grappling with an unstable political situation, as protesters against the government are pushing for constitutional amendments. Almost 61% of respondents pointed to this intersection of politics, citing the democratic election of a country’s leader by the people could be applied to their own country’s politics and society. About 57% of the people said they were highly aware of the issues surrounding the right to vote with around 53% citing the democratic electoral system in America was of interest.

However, only 48% said they felt Thailand’s economy would be better after the US election, with 47% believing it would stay the same. A mere 4.5% said they thought the Thai economy would be worse after the election.

Regardless of their reasoning for being interested in the elections, about 65% of respondents wanted whoever was elected as the next US President to be a good leader both at home and on the international stage. 62% wanted the new leader to forge friendships and good relations with other countries and almost 58% wanted him to refrain from taking advantage of and suppressing other countries.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Politics

Grammy executive files lèse-majesté complaint against Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul

The Thaiger

Published

on

Grammy executive files lèse-majesté complaint against Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul | The Thaiger

A lèse-majesté complaint has been officially filed against Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, one of the leaders of the Ratsadon ‘People’s Movement’. She was the first to read the, now infamous, 10 point manifesto at the Thammasat University in April, and then in a more public forum at a Democracy Monument protest in early August.

Nitipong Hornak, a songwriter and judge on Thailand’s Got Talent. He’s also a founder and major shareholder of GMM Grammy Entertainment, is behind the complaint. It was presented to the police Technology Crime Suppression Division on Friday afternoon.

Ms Panusaya has been present and active in almost all of the main protests, and been arrested twice. She is currently out on bail.

It hasn’t been disclosed which incident Mr Nitipong has cited in his official complaint. But Ms Panusaya was the first person to publicly read out the 10-point manifesto of a Thammasat University group calling for reform of the monarchy at the university in April.

The prime minister threatened protesters with “the full force of the law, including the lèse-majesté law – Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Back in June, the PM announced that HM the King had expressed his desire for the Government not to use the law against the Thai people.

“His Majesty the King does not want to use Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws, which make it a crime to insult or criticise the royal family, but Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says people should still be careful what they say about the Thai monarchy.”

The Thai Government has routinely used the newer Computer Crimes Act, and the national security law for charges such as sedition, which carries jail terms up to seven years. Up until August this year any criticism or commentary about the Thai monarchy were extremely unusual, if not taboo in polite Thai society. The current round of protests are unique in their open discussion, and criticism, of the Thai Monarchy. They are demanding that the role of the Thai Monarch be covered under a revised Thai constitution.

 

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Protests

Red shirt leader says self-serving government has no interest in protecting the Monarchy

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Red shirt leader says self-serving government has no interest in protecting the Monarchy | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Thai PBS World

A leading government critic from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship has slammed what he calls the government’s insincere claims of protecting the Monarchy. Red-shirt Jatuporn Prompan says the administration of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is only out to protect itself and cling onto power.

He says yesterday’s rejection in Parliament of the draft charter amendment submitted by rights group iLaw is proof nothing will be done to solve the current political impasse, meaning activists have no choice but to keep the pressure on through political protest. He hit out at a claim by some MPs and senators that the iLaw bill was aimed at bringing back a certain former PM, (Thaksin Shinawatra).

Jatuporn says the rejection of the bill is an attempt by the government to cling on to power. He has also accused the authorities at Tuesday’s protest of deliberately allowing pro-establishment royalists to attack anti-government protesters. He says the move was intentional, in order to provoke violence and justify a further extension of the emergency decree and a possible coup.

He says he doesn’t believe there will be any amendments to the existing 2017 constitution and accuses the current administration of being more interested in protecting itself above all else.

“The government and the Parliament are not sincere in defending the monarchy. The votes in Parliament only prove that they are more interested in saving their own skins, not the Monarch’s.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading
Thailand News Today | No vaccine, no flight, protest latest, smoking ban | November 25 | The Thaiger
Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | No vaccine, no flight, protest latest, smoking ban | November 25

Health officials call for smoking to be banned in residential buildings in Thailand | The Thaiger
Thailand10 hours ago

Health officials call for smoking to be banned in residential buildings in Thailand

Police hunt armed man who robbed Chon Buri store of 200,000 baht worth of gold | The Thaiger
Crime10 hours ago

Police hunt armed man who robbed Chon Buri store of 200,000 baht worth of gold

Traffic jams in Bangkok as police use containers to block protesters from Crown Property Bureau | The Thaiger
Protests11 hours ago

Traffic jams in Bangkok as police use containers to block protesters from Crown Property Bureau

12 anti-government protesters summonsed to hear lèse majesté charges | The Thaiger
Protests11 hours ago

12 anti-government protesters summonsed to hear lèse majesté charges

Location of Bangkok rally changed from Crown Property Bureau to Siam Commercial Bank headquarters | The Thaiger
Protests12 hours ago

Location of Bangkok rally changed from Crown Property Bureau to Siam Commercial Bank headquarters

UPDATE: Protesters flip the location of today’s protest. Counter protests planned. | The Thaiger
Protests12 hours ago

UPDATE: Protesters flip the location of today’s protest. Counter protests planned.

Monk dies after jumping in front of speeding train in north-east Thailand | The Thaiger
North East12 hours ago

Monk dies after jumping in front of speeding train in north-east Thailand

Department of Land Transport threatens hefty fines for customised vehicle headlights, taillights | The Thaiger
Crime13 hours ago

Department of Land Transport threatens hefty fines for customised vehicle headlights, taillights

BBC names Thai protest leader Panusaya in global list of 100 most inspiring women | The Thaiger
Thailand13 hours ago

BBC names Thai protest leader Panusaya in global list of 100 most inspiring women

Thailand eyes first half of 2021 for production of AstraZeneca vaccine | The Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Thailand eyes first half of 2021 for production of AstraZeneca vaccine

9 underage girls rescued from brothel posing as spa in central Thailand | The Thaiger
Crime14 hours ago

9 underage girls rescued from brothel posing as spa in central Thailand

No vaccine, no entry – the world’s next travel challenge | The Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

No vaccine, no entry – the world’s next travel challenge

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24

No vaccine, no flight – Qantas will require international travellers to be vaccinated | The Thaiger
Tourism1 day ago

No vaccine, no flight – Qantas will require international travellers to be vaccinated

Thailand News Today | No vaccine, no flight, protest latest, smoking ban | November 25 | The Thaiger
Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | No vaccine, no flight, protest latest, smoking ban | November 25

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24

Thailand News Today | Dinosaurs in BKK, BOT tackles Baht, Special K isn’t special | November 23 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 days ago

Thailand News Today | Dinosaurs in BKK, BOT tackles Baht, Special K isn’t special | November 23

Thailand News Today | Bangkok exodus, Pattaya air pollution, Vaccine next month? | November 20 | The Thaiger
Thailand5 days ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok exodus, Pattaya air pollution, Vaccine next month? | November 20

Thailand News Today | Protests to escalate, Domestic violence, Tourist visa exemptions? | Nov 19 | The Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Thailand News Today | Protests to escalate, Domestic violence, Tourist visa exemptions? | Nov 19

Thailand News Today | Emergency Decree, Protesters shot, Baht boost temporary | Nov 18 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Emergency Decree, Protesters shot, Baht boost temporary | Nov 18

Thailand News Today | Protesters v Police, Quarantine reduction, VietJet passenger arrest | Nov 17 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Protesters v Police, Quarantine reduction, VietJet passenger arrest | Nov 17

Thailand News Today | The RCEP reset, Hotel Talkfest, Protesters to be arrested | November 16 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | The RCEP reset, Hotel Talkfest, Protesters to be arrested | November 16

Thailand News Today | Coconut Business, Weekend protests, Pork dressed as Beef | November 13 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Coconut Business, Weekend protests, Pork dressed as Beef | November 13

Thailand News Today | More Thai Airways debt, Korean soldier, TripAdvisor warning | November 12 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | More Thai Airways debt, Korean soldier, TripAdvisor warning | November 12

Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11

Thailand News Today | Thai official positive, Head-butt latest, protest letters | November 10 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Thai official positive, Head-butt latest, protest letters | November 10

Thailand News Today | Golf STVs, Russian head-butted, protest latest | Nov 9 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Golf STVs, Russian head-butted, protest latest | Nov 9

Thailand News Today | Shorter quarantine, STV update, THAI jets for sale | November 6 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Shorter quarantine, STV update, THAI jets for sale | November 6

Thailand News Today | Political homes, Adult site bans, Nok Air rehab | November 5 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Political homes, Adult site bans, Nok Air rehab | November 5

Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending