Tul and his 30 protesters

24 02 2012

The Nation has a story that refers to demonstrations regarding the debate in parliament over constitutional amendment. PPT has recently posted on this, but it is still useful to mention Tul Sitthisomwong and his “Citizen Network for Protection of Motherland.”

Tul and his 30 supporters showed up at parliament to submit “letters opposing charter amendments to representatives of both the lower and upper House opposing charter amendments.” This is preaching to the converted, but for some reason this handful of ultra-royalists felt the need to garner some publicity.

The handful of Tul supporters (A Nation photo)

Tul’s tiny group is opposed to changes to Article 2, dealing with the monarchy and Article 291 that deals with the selection of the Constitution Drafting Assembly. The Nation states that Article 2 also deals with the lese majeste law, but this is a misrepresentation as lese majeste is not mentioned. PPT suspects that this is an interpretation of Section 8 of this Article, which states:The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the King to any sort of accusation or action.”

Tul reportedly argued that:

the charter should not be amended at all because it had been approved in a referendum back in 2007 and that the ruling Pheu Thai Party could not be trusted to not to rewrite the Constitution so it would help bring former PM Thaksin Shinawatra back to Thailand. “Revising the charter without being specific [about what to amend] is tantamount to abolishing the 2007 charter,” he said.

Of course, as we noted in our earlier post, this is complete twaddle and implicitly rejects the results of two elections and the constitution itself.

We have long suggested that Tul is simply not all that bright, and this “argument” is proof of this, as is his recent presentation to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, which can be viewed at Prachatai.While allowances might be made for the fact that English is not Tul’s language, his presentation and responses to questions is revealing of a lack of knowledge and even less thought.

Interestingly, The Nation reports that a “bigger crowd of about 100 red shirts” showed up to support amendments.


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3 03 2012
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