International solidarity

22 10 2020

We are late in getting to this letter of solidarity:

 

 

Date : 20th October, 2020.

To: His Excellency Mr. Narong Sasitorn

Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia

Royal Thai Embassy

206 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

STOP CRACKDOWN ON PRO-DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN THAILAND

We are deeply concerned over the situation in Thailand as Prayut administration continues to suppress the pro-democracy movement.

We have witnessed a massive wave of pro-democracy demonstration in recent month, which puts forward 3+10 demands for democratic reforms. These demands are:

– Dissolution of the parliament to hold a fresh, free and fair election.

– End intimidation of the people who criticize the government.

–  A new constitution to replace the current military-sanctioned constitution.

–  10 demands of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration to reform the Thai monarchy in line with democratic principles, including the abolition of the draconian lèse-majesté law.

The government of Thailand led by Prayut Chan-o-cha has responded with repressive measure including the declaration of “severe” state of emergency on 15 October 2020, banning or blocking of online media that is critical of the government, using excessive force to disperse protesters, and arrests of pro-democracy activists.

A number of pro-democracy activists have been arrested in recent days and many were denied bail. Most of them were charged with “sedition” or violating the newly promulgated Emergency Decree. This is an attempt by the Thai government to silence dissent and suppress the pro-democracy movement. Among the pro-democracy activists who have been arrested are:

– Anon Nampa (human rights lawyer)

– Prasit Karutarote (student activist)

– Parit Chiwarak (student activist)

– Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul (student activist)

– Nutchanon Pairoj (student activist)

– Ekachai Hongkangwan (former lèse-majesté prisoner)

– Somyot Pruksakasemsuk (labour activist and former lèse-majesté prisoner)

We strongly condemn the government of Thailand for the ongoing crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.

We call upon the government of Thailand to:

– Immediately  release of pro-democracy activists who have been detained and all political

prisoners.

– Drop charges against pro-democracy activists.

– Lift the state of emergency and end crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

– Stop the intimidation against pro-democracy activities.

– Repeal repressive laws including the lèse-majesté laws.

– Fulfil the 3+10 demands that put forward by the pro-democracy movement.

Choo Chon Kai

International Affairs Bureau

Socialist Party of Malaysia


International Bureau, Socialist Party of Malaysia / Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

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