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US Senate support for protest movement won’t impact Thailand – Foreign Minister

Caitlin Ashworth

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The United States Senate’s support for Thailand’s pro-democracy movement won’t have any impact, according to the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai.

The US Senate recently introduced a resolution supporting the movement and calling on the Thai government to uphold human rights and refrain from “harassing, intimidating or persecuting those engaged in peaceful protests.”

The US resolution is non-binding and it will have no impact in Thailand, Don says. While the resolution made headlines in Thailand, Don says most Americans didn’t give it any attention.

“In Thailand the matter was spread due to several reasons… but in the US no one paid attention. They are focusing on the deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition after the US election.”

Before the resolution, some Thais were concerned that the US government was interfering with Thai affairs. Some even rallied outside the US Embassy in Bangkok, calling on the American government to stop a so-called “hybrid war.”

The recent resolution, backed by US Senators including Thai-American Senator Tammy Duckworth, concerned many Thais who were worried about the foreign government getting involved with local politics.

“The ministry was aware of concerns among Thais about this. As we looked into it, we found out that lobbying was at work.”

He added that the US ambassador recently praised the Thai government for their handling of street protests and was confident the political conflict would be resolved.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Rochard

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Better americans dont put their sticky hands in Thailand. They showed already how their democracy works in middle east – many countries now in ruin. How is their coping with looting blm and other anarchists? How is their money printing and bullying other countries for currency manipulation? Bunch of hypocrytic narcissists with the will to exploit all the world… very good to tell them to f. Off and dont mess with Thai sovereign matters!!!

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Of course the US Ambassador praised Thailand. He is in Thailand. That is what Ambassadors do. Let us see the Us Australian Ambassador praise Thailand.
    The US resolution will have an impact. Some Americans will boycott Thai goods in the US.
    Americans will not vacation in Thailand.
    And yes the USA can interfere in Thai affairs, and it will all be perfectly legal.
    They could ruin Thai exports to the US by imposing similar tariff rates charged on US imports into Thailand.
    This present P.M. dictator will become about as popular as Idi Amin was. The US could freeze Thai bank accounts in the US.
    Thailand is just a small country in a big world. They think they cannot be touched – they can.

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      Prayed JoCh

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:53 am

      Americans wont have vacation in Thailand lol
      like they can come now or even one year from now even they really want to did check the covid19 situation in the US lately?

      Thailand is one of the few allies that US probably have left in this region a very important location.

      And oh Thailand is one of the country that over balance the US it already on their watch list, they did many things to fix that and they like to do more and Im sure they can if they dont concern bout all the American business in Thailand, they are inevitably get effect and not in a good way there are many of these companies you name it, but can you name big Thai business in the US?

      By the way. Not all the US ambassaders did you said most of them normally act like Thailand is the US colony thats how we fall apart recently just new Ambassader give a fake friendship smile once in a very long time wont change a thing

      Do you just start to read a news for the first time in your life or something

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:11 pm

        Yes well foreigners have now seen behind the Thai fake friendship smile.
        My mind goes back to the young Japanese tourist broke, sleeping on the Pattaya beach because the smiling Thais had closed the airport, and prevented him from flying home.
        And I remember the Thais gathering around, with their fake smiles, displaying their fake concerns. All intent on showing what heroes they were helping a young tourist broke and sleeping on the beach due to, greedy, scamming, selfish Thais!

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    Jesus Monroe

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    We Thai government. We smart at being dumb…..We &%^**$#%5 America arse……long time…..

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      Notsodaft

      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Well you just shown how smart you are. I rest my case. Ha Ha.

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    Roger C

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    A few senators have introduced a resolution. That’s it.

    Furthermore resolutions mean nothing. There have been resolutions proclaiming national hot-dog day.

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    IOsuarus

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:35 am

    There are 100 of the US senators
    And how many call out to support the Thai communist ?
    …. less than 10 of course its Tammy and her followers should Thai government concern about that ? But one thing for sure Tammy is not friend she cant be trust.

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    Math

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9:47 am

    When mundialists want to start a war or protest, they ask the leaders of the dominant media they control to launch a propaganda campaign against the country or person they want to overthrow.

    After all the small media follow the big ones and spread the information that will influence the people and support the war or protesters.

    People who are easily influenced always get caught and become militant in the movements created by the mundialists with puppets ready to betray their country.

    Hence the links of the main student leaders with the NED or the American embassy.

    All countries have flaws, do not respect human rights, but if we compare Thailand with the United States on human rights violations (all violations including those committed by the country abroad), we would arrive at a very low level for Thailand and at the first world level for the United States which, it should be recalled, was the main country to fight the International Criminal Court which fights against crimes against humanity before taking partial control of it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I cannot find the word mudialists.
    There is no such word = even the spellcheck underlines it in red.

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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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