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Thai Red Shirts


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Thai Red Shirts

  1. 1. WHY are the Red Shirts on the Streets?<br />Thailand never had complete democracy<br />It’s been governed by a dictatorial power outside<br /> of the democratic system<br />Those who ordered the brutal massacres of <br /> unarmed protestors have never been brought to justice or held accountable for their action<br />3. The law is used with double standards<br />The monarchy and “lèsemajesté” Law (Article<br /> 112 of the Criminal Code) have been used for political purposes by the ruling regime<br />
  2. 2. dictatorship under an elite power outside parliamentary system 1973-present <br />22 coup d'étatby the royal thai military<br />DESTROYED 18 CONSTITUTIONS - THE HIGHEST LAW OF THE COUNTRY<br />
  3. 3. 1ST MASSACRE<br /> Brutally killing people in the city centre without bringing those responsible to justice<br />14 October 1973 student uprising to demand for democracy<br /> 77 people died, 857 people injured and many people missing<br />
  4. 4. 2ND MASSACRE<br />6 October 1976<br /> People and students were killed and accused of being communists<br /> 41 people and students died with many unidentified casualties and missing<br />
  5. 5. 3RD MASSACRE<br />“Bloody May”<br />18 May 1992<br /> 44 people died, 600 people injured and many missing<br />
  6. 6. 10 April 2010<br /> Crackdown to suppress demonstrators demanding unconditional elections<br /> 28 died, more than 800 injured and many missing<br />4th MASSACRE<br />
  7. 7. 5th MASSACRE<br />19 may 2010<br /> Crackdown against Demonstrators calling for electoral democracy<br /> 63 people died, more than 1,200 injured and many missing<br /> 300+ unarmed protestors arrested and accused of being “terrorists” and attempting to “overthrow the monarchy”<br />HOW MANY MORE ARE TO COME ?<br />
  8. 8. JUSTICE – “DOUBLE STANDARDS”<br />Red Shirts<br />Demanding democracy;<br />dissolution of Parliament & returning constitutional rights & power to citizens.<br />Protestors killed, hunted, accused of being “terrorists” & overthrowing monarchy. <br />They were incarcerated & denied bail<br />Yellow Shirts <br /><ul><li>damaged state & Government House
  9. 9. Seizing airports
  10. 10. Committed acts of terrorism
  11. 11. No legal case against perpetuators pursued by state
  12. 12. No imprisonment
  13. 13. No accusation for committing any legal faults</li></li></ul><li>ARTICLE 112 Criminal Code – A POLITICAL TOOL<br />CASE WITHDRAWN<br />Red Shirts<br />Using Article to destroy political opposition<br />Imprisonment without bail<br />Closed cases heard without witness evidence being heard<br />Violation of human rights when pursuing court cases<br />Yellow Shirts<br />Helping those on the same side<br />No prosecution when accused of the same crime<br />Allowed bail immediately<br />No investigation or court cases pursued<br />18 YEARS IMPRISONMENT<br />RELEASED WITHOUT<br /> CHARGE<br />HIDING OVERSEAS<br />Be accused of lèsemajesté for statements made,<br /> exposed on WikiLeaks. <br />No further action has been taken by the judicial authorities.<br />INCARCERATED<br />13 YEARS<br />IMPRISONMENT<br />10 YEARS <br />IMPRISONMENT<br />
  14. 14. Do You Want Thailand To Be Like This Forever?<br />?<br />
  15. 15. THAILAND NEEDS CHANGE<br />Dear mother,<br /> 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.<br /> With Love <br />Daeng<br />
  16. 16. We propose the following for consideration:<br /> <br />1.The abolishment of Article 112 of the Criminal Law. There are currently. “Defamation” laws which are sufficient to protect institutions, including the Monarchy<br />2. Free all Political Prisoners & Prisoners of Conscience; this must include those arrested for demonstrations during the Emergency Decree & those charged with 112<br />3. Those who murdered protestors must be identified & brought to justice  <br />