The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Petition against protest violence as parliament recalled

Petition against protest violence as parliament recalled

THAILAND: About 50 lecturers and students of the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANC) submitted a petition this morning (Oct 20), signed by 1,118 lecturers from various universities, to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asking the government to stop using violence against protesters.

politics
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 02:53PM


Riot police use water canon to disperse anti-government demonstrators near Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok last Friday (Oct 16). Photo: Apichit Jinakul.

Riot police use water canon to disperse anti-government demonstrators near Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok last Friday (Oct 16). Photo: Apichit Jinakul.

It comes as the cabinet agreed today to recall parliament from recess to conduct a special meeting next Monday and Tuesday to defuse the escalating protests, according to Reuters reports.

The petition gives the government one week to act on this and other demands.

Led by Anusorn Unno, former rector of the faculty of sociology and anthropology at Thammasat University, they gathered in the university’s Tha Phrachan campus before walking to Government House.

In front of Government House, the group stopped at the Chamai Maruchet Bridge. There, Mr Anusorn read out the petition.

The petition condemned the use of violence to disperse demonstrators of the People’s Group at Pathumwan intersection on Oct 16, saying it was not in line with international standards, and the government must be held responsible for the mistake it had made.

“We call for the government to stop using laws, such as the Computer Crime Act, as a tool to get rid of people who hold different opinions.

“The government must revoke the emergency decree for a serious situation in Bangkok, withdraw charges filed against those arrested and release them immediately, without conditions.”

Dive Supply Co., Ltd.

The statement went on to call for the government to give serious consideration to the issues raised by protesters – Gen Prayut’s resignation, charter amendment and reform of the monarchy.

A committee comprising representatives of the people, academics and students should be set up to study the demands, the petition said.

The group then marched to Government House to submit the petition.

The petition was accepted by Prateep Kiratirekha, the prime minister’s deputy secretary-general for political affairs, and Thirapat Prayoonsri, permanent secretary of the prime minister’s office.

Mr Anusorn said if the prime minister did not respond, the group would ask university lecturers who are members of the TANC to skip teaching classes in protest.

“We will not yet take this step, but will wait to see how the government responds to our demand. If there is no satisfactory response, we will consider taking this and other measures,” he said.

Mr Anusorn said the group would give the government one week to act – to at least stop dispersing the protesters, release arrested core protest leaders on bail, stop using laws to get rid of people holding different opinions, and revoke the emergency decree imposed in Bangkok.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Vaccines key to revive real estate market in tourism provinces

Christy Sweet: im from CzechRepublic, but there are such cases in many countries. For instance Publi...(Read More)


Phuket marks four new COVID cases, as number of patients in care falls

But we had 0 cases also on Friday and just 1 on Thursday...(Read More)


Blame game begins over ‘vaccine chaos’

All government officials responsible for managing the Covid show have acted and behaved like childre...(Read More)


Ambulance driver, nurses escape serious injury in bypass accident

It doesn't matter what vehicle is being driven...van, taxi, police car, ambulance, cement truck,...(Read More)


Phuket businesses awarded SHA Plus certification

so basically all international hotels....forget about local runeed hotels were onwers might prefer s...(Read More)


Phuket property sector will take time to recover: experts

mr whicai seems to know the future or else whatever his projection are those numbers are all rubbish...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Silence is killing confidence

Thailand administration Has once again Angered and Insulted Local residents by Allowing influen...(Read More)


Local airlines in no rush to serve Phuket

Wondering how long in July international airlines keep flying on Phuket, as Phuket Officialdom is do...(Read More)


Vaccines key to revive real estate market in tourism provinces

But, but.......the last article you published said that the demand was there........(Read More)


Local airlines in no rush to serve Phuket

Meanwhile, in Phuket you need to be vaccinated, they force you to do a PCR test before boarding the ...(Read More)