All of the media come up with men and women of the year. Most of those listed are representatives of the elite often with few connections to the grassroots.
PPT has decided to choose our persons of the year in what was an exceptionally easy decision for us. The PPT Persons of the Year are each and every political prisoner who remains locked in a Thai prison.
Most of these political prisoners are red shirts arrested during the political struggles of 2010, around the time that the Abhisit Vejjajiva government ordered a military crackdown on protesters. A number of them are incarcerated on charges of lese majeste or for infringing the computer crimes law.
Naturally, we can’t congratulate them. Rather, we wish them a better 2013 and hope they are soon released. They are not forgotten.
Update: This post has been translated to French.