After the verdict against veteran labor activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, discussions about lèse majesté have been reignited on many levels and also in many forms. Somyot was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison, 10 of them for publishing articles (which he didn’t write himself) in a magazine that were deemed insulting to the monarchy – after being previously...
By The Isaan Record UDON THANI – As Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is losing popular support, facing fierce criticism for her management of the massive floods plaguing Bangkok, her strongest supporters, the Red Shirts, are finding new ways to strengthen their movement and prepare for the worst. With fears of a looming coup, Red Shirt...
By Lillian Suwanrumpha (guest contributor) On Sunday, September 18, 2011 the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship and its affiliated groups commemorated the five-year anniversary of the military coup of September 19, 2006 that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Reportedly, 15,000 red shirts convened on Ratchadamnoen Road around Democracy Monument in the afternoon to hold speeches...
By Saksith Saiyasombut We all know Thailand’s ex-prime minister and on-the-run fugitive, Thaksin Shinawatra, is pretty busy traveling the world ever since he’s out of Thailand. When he’s not at his new home base in Dubai, he mostly goes on business trips, for example in Uganda. But the list of countries he can visit has...
By Anek Sae-Lao As I was cleaning up my email account today, I came across a forwarded email which I received from an activist friend around this time last year. The email was an open letter to Dr. Neric Acosta, the Secretary-General of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), a network of allegedly...
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