Year-end articles II

31 12 2020

The local English-language press now has some year-end reflections on the year just about gone:

Khaosod, “Our Person of the Year 2020: Rung Panusaya, the Woman Who ‘Shattered the Ceiling’.

… the demonstrations truly took a historic turn that shocked all when a 22-year-old student named Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, or Rung, stepped onto a stage at Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus on Aug. 10. There, she read a 10-point manifesto that challenged the institution at the very top of Thailand’s social strata [they mean the monarchy].

Clipped from Prachatai

Khaosod, “Opinion: 2020 is a Year to Reflect on What We Have, and What We May Lose,” by Pravit Rojanaphruk.

Khaosod, “‘Tappanai, Pan the Camera!’ 7 Top Moments of Khaosod English’s FB Live Duo.

The Nation, “2020: the year youth rose up in Thailand.

Thai Enquirer, “2020’s 20 Most Important Moments in Thailand.

Thai PBS, “The movers and shakers behind Thailand’s 2020 protests

Year-end articles I

30 12 2020

2020 has been quite a year. Already, several publications have produced year-end articles that attempt commentary on a remarkable year. Here are some that we found:

VICE, “2020: Thai Protesters Look Back on a Year That Changed Their Lives.” As the article says: “We asked those behind the unprecedented demonstrations what was achieved, and what’s next.” Well worth reading and considering.

The Los Angeles Times has a very good article on the disappearance of Wanchalerm Satsaksit and subsequent events. “A Thai dissident was kidnapped. When police had no answers, his sister began to investigate” is also about the determined quest by Sitanan Satsaksit to ensure her brother’s enforced disappearance is not forgotten.

Where is Wanchalearm? Clipped from Prachatai

East Asia Forum has an editorial – “Thailand needs normal politics” – and two year-end articles. One is by James Ockey, “Government no match for Thai demonstrators online” and another by Kevin Hewison, “Thai youth protests undercut political establishment.

Arrest of Somyos Pruksakasemsuk

30 04 2011

At 12 noon on  Saturday, 30 April 2011, Somyos Pruksakasemsuk was arrested in Aranyaprathet province.  Prachatai has reported that he has been arrested on charges of violating Article 112, the lese majeste law. He was being transported by the police to DSI for questioning.

As many PPT readers will know, Somyos is very active in the red-shirt movement and is the editor of Red Power magazine. He is also a long-time labour activist. Last April, along with Dr. Suthachai Yimprasert, he was arrested and arbitrarily detained by the CRES.

As an interesting point of word choice, in their reporting on the arrest,  the Bangkok Post  reported that Somyos he has been arrested for allegedly “attempting to topple the high institution.” PPT wonders if this means that he is also being charged with  กบฏ (rebellion),  or if this is how the Bangkok Post interprets Article 112.

One final question:  Prachatai also noted that the arrest warrant was issued on 12 February 2011. PPT wonders — why did the police wait until now to execute the warrant?

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