Khaosod reports that members of the Neo-Democracy Movement have declared that they are committed to “fighting for freedom and democracy.”
Facing threats, new arrest warrants and summons related to their campaign on Corruption Park, they have “vowed to remain in the country to call attention to the allegations of corruption in the army’s construction of the billion-baht [Rajabhakdi] park.” They stated:
We would like to confirm our remarks that we will not flee anywhere. We will publicly and peacefully live our lives…. We, then, will continue fighting for freedom and democracy against the Junta until our last day to ensure that justice will be achieved.
In part, they were also responding to the flight to exile of Thanet Anantawong.
We received summonses for taking a train to Rajabhakti Park. We made clear then that we would not take part in the justice process under dictatorship. Today, arrest warrants are out for us…. This is the reward a person gets for trying to dig into corruption under the regime.
Everything about the Hua Hin park — allegations of kickbacks, the stand of the National Council for Peace and Order and the army’s lack of transparency, as well as the treatment of those seeking the truth — have shown beyond doubt there is corruption in the project…. It’s not an overstatement to say those responsible — the NCPO and the army — are corrupt.
From now on, we and democracy fighters under the NDM will proceed with our activities to check all NCPO’s projects to protect the interests of the people, the true owner of sovereignty.
We insist, as we always do, that we won’t run. We’ll live normally and will continue to do what we believe in. We’ll fight dictatorship to the end.
The brave students then “folded their arrest warrants into origami birds…”. They declared that this was “to send a message to all dictatorship fighters that we demand democracy, freedom and justice in a peaceful way despite threats”.
Remarkably, the students taunted the police to arrest them. The police and military thugs were present for this ceremony. Indeed, they had “sealed the area [Thon Buri train station] after learning about the demonstration.” However, the authorities did not arrest the students: “We didn’t arrest them for fear of playing into their hands…”.
The military junta, usually as blunt as a rock, seems bamboozled by the students.