Suthachai and Somyos, again

20 08 2010

PPT readers will recall that we posted several times on the cases of Chulalongkorn University professor Suthachai Yimprasert and red shirt activist and journalist Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, both arrested and held without charge for varying lengths of time under the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime’s emergency decree. We posted on Suthachai’s release here and there are several links to earlier posts there. We posted on Somyos here, here, here, here and here.

Readers might have thought that these cases would have been finished. However, as The Nation reports that is not so. Nang Lerng police have reportedly recommended that both men be charged with violations of emergency rule. The case is the same one that had them arrested in May: “In their report submitted for prosecution review, police said history lecturer Suthachai Yimprasert and journalist Somyos Prueksakasemsuk had violated the state of emergency by leading a public assembly of more than five people ‘with the aim to incite disturbances’. The incident happened on May 21 at the office of the Ban Lek Thi 111 Foundation, set up by 111 banned Thai Rak Thai Party executives. The two suspects are accused of trying to rally people to act in defiance of the authorities in the face of the violent end of the red-shirt rally, which took place on May 19. Public prosecutors are expected to decide whether to indict and try the two on October 28.”

Of course, as PPT has pointed out previously, there is a massive double standard at work, for the People’s Alliance for Democracy has been permitted to rally several times despite the existence of emergency rule. Even Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva attended and spoke at one of these rallies. But, then, as Deputy Prime Suthep Thaugsuban has helpfully pointed out, regime allies like PAD are treated with a different standard.

We cited Suthep as saying that failing to arrest demonstrators led by the People’s Alliance for Democracy was not a double standard because Suthep had “checked with the authorities and was informed that they had properly complied with the laws when dealing with the PAD-led protesters.” Suthep added: “that although the yellow-shirt protesters violated the rally ban in Bangkok, they had not yet violated four prohibitions, including obstructing traffic.”

The main point seems to be that red shirts are banned and attacked under the emergency decree while government supporters can do as they please. As we have said before, doubles standards are the regime’s only standards.



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