Anti-red-shirts group sings the royal song ‘We Fight’ at the Victory MonumentSubmitted by prachatai on Wed, 14/04/2010 - 14:54
A group under the name of Alliance of Patriots gathered at the Victory Monument in a show of force against the red shirts, gave support to Abhisit, and urged the government to deal with those who caused violence.
On 13 April, a group of about 100 people led by Dr Tul Sitthisomwong, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, gathered at the Victory Monument. They waved Thai flags, played propaganda songs, and called on silent forces to come out to oppose the red shirts and support the government in not dissolving Parliament. They sang ‘We Fight’, an anti-communist song whose melody was composed by HM the King in 1970s.
They urged the government and the security forces to enforce the law to maintain peace and order, and deal with those who caused violence, taking into account the safety of security personnel.
They also urged Abhisit not to dissolve the House or resign.
Their banners and placards read ‘Pok [Army Chief Gen Anupong] get out!’, ‘Abhisit, continue fighting for the country. Don’t give up’, ‘We’re the ammat’, ‘We’re Thai, not phrai’, ‘Arrest Thaksin, and put him in jail in 15 days’, ‘Silent but not red’, etc.
They shouted ‘Abhisit. fight on!’, and handed out stickers with the message to the government ‘No House dissolution. [The government has done] the right thing. Continue working for the country.’
Tul Sitthisomwong was appointed by the People’s Alliance for Democracy to sit on the Committee of the Strength of Land, the meaning of HM the King’s name, on 24 July 2008, according to a PAD statement (7/2008).
On 24 Nov 2008, Tul led a group of Chulalongkorn lecturers and students under the name of Siam Intellect to a rally at the Army Headquarters to call on Gen Anupong and the military to take a leading role in maintaining peace and order in society and maintain loyalty to the monarchy. Soldiers were the hope of the people in the protection of Nation, Religion and the King, he said at the time. Later, he went on to speak on the stage of the PAD, attacking the then Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, saying that a jail sentence was not enough for him, because he who had ordered the killing of other people should also die [Tul referred to the 7 Oct 2008 incident in which the PAD clashed with police after the PAD surrounded and closed the Parliament compound]. Somchai must be severely punished after he was removed from office. Tul went on to say that, speaking as a doctor, love for the country and the king was embedded only in Thais’ DNA, not that of other peoples. It was a pity that many Thais had mutated and did not have the love for the king in their DNA and should not be called Thai, he said.
Recently, on 2 April 2010, Tul and other Chulalongkorn lecturers met with Abhisit Vejjajiva to submit a list of 10,000 signatures of those who were opposed to a House dissolution, and gave the PM moral support. And then they joined with the pink shirts in a protest at Lumphini Park.