United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)
16 Mar 2017
A police officer has accused a member of the anti-establishment red shirt of defamation after he posted comments to complain about having his house searched without a court warrant. On 15 March 2017, Boribun Kiangwarangkun, a member of a red shirt group in Ban Pong District of Ratchaburi Province, reported to the local police station in the district to listen to accusations against him.
7 Mar 2017
The Supreme Court has sentenced a comedian turned red-shirt activist and politician to two years’ imprisonment for lèse majesté. On 7 March 2017, at the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok, the Supreme Court sentenced Yotwarit Chuklom, aka. Jeng Dokjik, to two years in prison without suspending the jail term. The court found Yotwarit guilty of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, for a speech and a gesture at a red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) rally on 28 March 2010.
31 Jan 2017
A criminal court has sentenced two of five ‘men in black’ suspects accused of taking part in the deadly political violence on 10 April 2010 to 10 years imprisonment while dismissing charges against the rest. On 31 January 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, sentenced Kittisak Soomsri, 47, and Preecha Yooyen, 26, to 10 years imprisonment.
26 Jan 2017
The leader of Thailand’s red shirts has offered support to the junta’s controversial reconciliation schemes, on the condition principles of justice and equality are followed. On 21 January 2017, Jatuporn Prompan, the leader of the anti-establishment United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), voiced the movement’s support for the junta’s hurtling efforts to bridge conflict between opposing factions in Thai politics.
11 Jan 2017
Several prominent red shirt leaders have been given prison terms for leading a demonstration against the President of Thailand’s Privy Council. On 9 January 2016, the Criminal Court read the Appeal Court’s verdict on ten red shirt activists accused of unlawful assembly for leading a demonstration against General Prem Tinsulanonda, the President of the Privy Council. The defendants were accused of leading a crowd of several thousand to Prem’s residence on 22 July 2007 to demand his resignation.
16 Dec 2016
A military prosecutor has indicted 19 members of the anti-establishment red-shirt movement for breaking the junta’s political gathering ban. On 16 December 2016, a military prosecutor indicted 19 leading members of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the main red shirt faction, iLaw reported.
10 Nov 2016
A military prosecutor in Isaan, Thailand’s northeast, has indicted 20 villagers accused of breaking the junta’s ban on political gatherings.
9 Nov 2016
The Supreme Court has sentenced a pro-democracy lecturer from Thammasat University to one month imprisonment for contempt of court. On 8 November 2016, the Civil Court on Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok, read the verdict of the Supreme Court, sentencing Sudsa-nguan Sutheesorn, a lecturer at the Social Administration Faculty of Thammasat University, to one month imprisonment without suspension of the jail term. The Supreme Court confirmed the verdict of the Court of First Instance.
15 Aug 2016
A security expert advising the Thai junta has argued that the Mother’s Day attack was likely connected to the junta’s political opponents.
13 Aug 2016
After a series of arson and bomb attacks rocked five provinces in Southern Thailand on Thursday night and Mother’s Day, the Thai military arrested a southern political activist and a red shirt and detained them in military bases. Many military officers from Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) of Phraya Ratsadanu Pradit Camp, and police and administrative officers from Huai Yot District of the southern province of Trang at 6:30 am on Saturday, 13 August 2016, arrested Prapas Rotchanapithak, a local political and human rights activist.
22 Jul 2016
A red-shirt TV station faces a month-long blackout imposed for allegedly disseminating content threatening national security. A red-shirt leader says this is the junta’s attempt to silence criticism of the draft charter. On Thursday, 21 July 2016, the Communication Authority of Thailand (CAT) temporarily revoked the broadcasting license of Peace TV, a TV station run by leaders of the red shirts, claiming that the station disseminated content threatening national security.
5 Jul 2016
The Military Court has released the seven embattled democracy activists after detaining them for nearly two weeks. The Military Court of Bangkok at around 3:30 pm on Tuesday, 5 July 2016, refused the police permission to detain the seven activists, most of whom are affiliated with the New Democracy Movement (NDM): Rangsiman Rome, Korakoch Saengyenpan, Thirayut Napnaram, Somsakol Thongsuksai, Yuttana Dasri, Nantapong Panmat and Anan Loket. According to officers from the Department of Corrections, the seven will be released on Wednesday morning.