Red shirts pressure government

1 12 2012

Red shirts continue to indicate a degree of independence from the government while also recognizing that the government needs the movement.

The Red Shirts blog reports that the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship has prodded the Yingluck Shinawatra government on necessary reform, emphasizing three important issues:  “International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction, amending the constitution, and granting amnesty to political prisoners, excluding leaders.”

Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan emphasized that such reforms are urgent
because the “amaat network is still very much intact and the threat of a coup is still very real.”

Red shirts also called on the government to “grant amnesty to Thailand’s political prisoners, regardless of their political allegiances, with the exception of movement leaders who should be the ones held responsible for any wrongdoing.”

That the red shirts are developing policies that push a timid government is cause for some political optimism.


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