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Solidarity with the Thai movement for democracy.

Solidarity with the Thai movement for democracy.

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    • WHY are the Red Shirts on the Streets?
      Thailand never had complete democracy
      It’s been governed by a dictatorial power outside
      of the democratic system
      Those who ordered the brutal massacres of
      unarmed protestors have never been brought to justice or held accountable for their action
      3. The law is used with double standards
      The monarchy and “lèsemajesté” Law (Article
      112 of the Criminal Code) have been used for political purposes by the ruling regime
    • dictatorship under an elite power outside parliamentary system 1973-present
      22 coup d'étatby the royal thai military
      DESTROYED 18 CONSTITUTIONS - THE HIGHEST LAW OF THE COUNTRY
    • 1ST MASSACRE
      Brutally killing people in the city centre without bringing those responsible to justice
      14 October 1973 student uprising to demand for democracy
      77 people died, 857 people injured and many people missing
    • 2ND MASSACRE
      6 October 1976
      People and students were killed and accused of being communists
      41 people and students died with many unidentified casualties and missing
    • 3RD MASSACRE
      “Bloody May”
      18 May 1992
      44 people died, 600 people injured and many missing
    • 10 April 2010
      Crackdown to suppress demonstrators demanding unconditional elections
      28 died, more than 800 injured and many missing
      4th MASSACRE
    • 5th MASSACRE
      19 may 2010
      Crackdown against Demonstrators calling for electoral democracy
      63 people died, more than 1,200 injured and many missing
      300+ unarmed protestors arrested and accused of being “terrorists” and attempting to “overthrow the monarchy”
      HOW MANY MORE ARE TO COME ?
    • JUSTICE – “DOUBLE STANDARDS”
      Red Shirts
      Demanding democracy;
      dissolution of Parliament & returning constitutional rights & power to citizens.
      Protestors killed, hunted, accused of being “terrorists” & overthrowing monarchy.
      They were incarcerated & denied bail
      Yellow Shirts
      • damaged state & Government House
      • Seizing airports
      • Committed acts of terrorism
      • No legal case against perpetuators pursued by state
      • No imprisonment
      • No accusation for committing any legal faults
    • ARTICLE 112 Criminal Code – A POLITICAL TOOL
      CASE WITHDRAWN
      Red Shirts
      Using Article to destroy political opposition
      Imprisonment without bail
      Closed cases heard without witness evidence being heard
      Violation of human rights when pursuing court cases
      Yellow Shirts
      Helping those on the same side
      No prosecution when accused of the same crime
      Allowed bail immediately
      No investigation or court cases pursued
      18 YEARS IMPRISONMENT
      RELEASED WITHOUT
      CHARGE
      HIDING OVERSEAS
      Be accused of lèsemajesté for statements made,
      exposed on WikiLeaks.
      No further action has been taken by the judicial authorities.
      INCARCERATED
      13 YEARS
      IMPRISONMENT
      10 YEARS
      IMPRISONMENT
    • Do You Want Thailand To Be Like This Forever?
      ?
    • THAILAND NEEDS CHANGE
      Dear mother,
      It’s already 38 years since October 1973. I still continue to fight for democracy. Even if I fail sometimes I know that I have to rise up and fight again. I will not surrender to any dictatorship until I have victory as you requested. Thailand must be democratic and democracy must belong to the people.
      With Love
      Daeng
    • We propose the following for consideration:
       
      1.The abolishment of Article 112 of the Criminal Law. There are currently. “Defamation” laws which are sufficient to protect institutions, including the Monarchy
      2. Free all Political Prisoners & Prisoners of Conscience; this must include those arrested for demonstrations during the Emergency Decree & those charged with 112
      3. Those who murdered protestors must be identified & brought to justice