Standing up

16 06 2015

PPT has mentioned several times that the resistance of various student groups has been brave. In the past couple of days, this political bravery has been on display several times and has been supported by others.

In a report at Prachatai, it is revealed that the military summoned four leaders of an activist group for a dressing down for supporting and appearing with the Dao Din student group from Khon Kaen University, which has protested against the coup and military dictatorship and been charged by te junta for illegal assembly.

Last Friday, military officers in Kalasin summoned four activists from the Ban Na Mun-Dun Sat Environmental Protection Group for a “talk.” They claimed Dao Din was “an illegal anti-coup activist group” and that its anti-coup activities were “illegal.” Nothing much unusual in this in the military’s Thailand.

What was unusual, was the response:

[T]he four local activists insisted on showing support for the Dao Din group and said it is not illegal. Furthermore, the activists mentioned the controversial petroleum drilling plan in Kalasin Province, stating that they have the right to stand up and protect themselves against injustice.

When the military officers demanded that the activists “sign a paper agreeing not to join such political activities … the activists refused…”.

The report also mentions other instances where activists groups have stood up to the military bullies.

In another Prachatai report, seven student members of Dao Din visited Bangkok to meet with staff from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the British Embassy. The UN agency stated that is was closely following Dao Din and the military dictatorship’s charges against it. The UN representative stated that the charge against Dao Din is a violation of basic human rights and that the Office had already submitted a letter of concern to the junta.

At the British Embassy, staff “told the group that they will monitor the situation concerning the group closely and that they will issue a statement together with the European Union (EU) that the Thai military’s actions against Dao Din violated basic human rights.”

These are brave moves by the students and their supporters and allies.


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23 06 2015
Solidarity | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] has been widely reported that the military dictatorship is harassing and seeking to grab the seven Dao Din students. The students are apparently planning to report to the police tomorrow. They have been provided […]

23 06 2015
Solidarity | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] has been widely reported that the military dictatorship is harassing and seeking to grab the seven Dao Din students. The students are apparently planning to report to the police tomorrow. They have been provided […]




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