Sondhi Limthongkul has hit out hard at Abhisit Vejjajiva ahead of the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s move against Parliament’s approval of documents related to the Thai-Cambodian border dispute on 2 Nov.
Chulalongkorn political science lecturer dismisses what happened as petty nonsense, and believes that the students have someone behind them, while university administrators have refused to be interviewed.
An attempt of a group of Chula students to protest against Abhisit Vejjajiva inside the university was thwarted by a lecturer and university security guards. The students called on the PM to call an early election, and take legal action against those responsible for the April-May massacre.
In response to the AHRC's open letter to Abhisit Vejjajiva on 18 June regarding the detention and treatment of people arrested under the Emergency Decree, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has posted its reply on its website.
Dear Mr. Abhisit THAILAND: Chaining of wounded detainees under Emergency Decree The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing to you regarding the treatment of detainees under the state of emergency that your government has imposed in Bangkok and other provinces of Thailand in response to protests that gripped the capital in recent months.
A student in Had Yai received a surprise phone call from Abhisit Vejjajiva after he had sent an SMS to the PM condemning his road map proposal. He claimed to have been told that Thaksin was paying coalition politicians 100 million baht per head to switch sides. Abhisit admitted making the call, but denied that he had said this about Thaksin.
According to the Nation Channel website, Abhisit Vejjajiva left the 11th Infantry Regiment headquarters on the afternoon of 17 April by a Black Hawk helicopter. He travelled to Hua Hin, Prachuab Khiri Khan, for a rest with his family. He is scheduled to return to Bangkok on 18 April. It was not known at which spot the PM got on the helicopter, because he was not seen on the helicopter which took off behind the Command Centre building. Abhisit has not given interviews to the media f
On 8 April at about 9.20PM, Abhisit Vejjajiva said that during the 24 hours since the declaration of the state of emergency, steps had been taken to suppress the distortion of information which brought about hatred.
Thailand is again in frenzy over coup rumors, perpetuated mostly by anti-government Red Shirts who need a reason to protest and by a media machine that needs a story. The top generals have denied that anything is amiss, words that mean little since they said the same thing before ousting former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.
This was a busy week on the frontlines of personal freedom, particularly in regards to free speech. Tying together several key events were government’s increasingly sophisticated restrictions on our human rights, and the efforts to push them back. For obvious reasons, freedom of speech is dear to this writer, and this week’s post addresses the past week’s developments.