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  • May 27, 2015

    Will Prayut accept an outsider PM: Nuttawut

    ... and Order (NCPO) yesterday and asked why Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not oppose the "outsider PM" article in the draft charter. The red-shirt leader noted that while the government said proposals to alter the charter draft came from the Cabinet - not the NCPO - it was signed and approved by Prayut...

    Politics
  • May 25, 2015

    'Much needs to be done before referendum is held on charter'

    ... said. "The challenge for the charter is whether people can accept its negative aspects or not," he said. Weng Tojirakarn, co-leader of the red-shirt United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, said the reason the junta decided to hold a referendum is that the "five rivers" - NCPO, Cabinet, National...

    Politics
  • May 23, 2015

    Plight of boat people is talk of the town

    ... after holding anti-coup protests. @I0I93: I don't remember the moment Prayut announced the power seizure. I only remember the picture of red-shirt leaders having a meeting with the military and posting selfie pictures on social media. They seemed to have had a good time together. @Fantastic2499: One...

    Politics
  • May 23, 2015

    Views from both sides of the divide on the military seizure of power

    ...-monitoring panel established by the PDRC. "I have no plan to enter politics. I can be anywhere as long as I can contribute." Anon Nampa, red-shirt human rights lawyer: "The junta has made no real efforts to foster reconciliation. They managed to stop large-scale protests that occurred during...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    May 22 coup pre-planned or provoked by the situation

    ... the polls were declared void by court. A Pheu Thai source said that when martial law was declared, the party's key figures and leaders of the red shirts' United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) believed there would be |a coup soon. "But we still agreed |to join the meeting in order to |find...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Rights NGO releases figures on detainees

    ... or meals with Army officers. Those summoned or contacted by the NCPO include 278 people who have affiliations with Pheu Thai Party and the red-shirt movement; 41 who are linked with the Democrat Party and the People's Democratic Reform Committee; and 176 academics, activists, students, writers and journalists...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Thaksin wants strong support base before contemplating return home

    Speaking to Chosun Ilbo in Seoul, Thaksin said he wanted to tell his red-shirt supporters who were calling for his return to "wait patiently until our voice gains strength". But he insisted that "violence is not the answer". In 2010, street protests in Bangkok by Thaksin's supporters led to unrest and riots...

    Politics
  • May 22, 2015

    Group to sue NCPO despite arrest risk

    "We hope the court will accept our case against the NCPO," said Anon Nampa, a red-shirt human rights lawyer and key member of the Resistant Citizen(s) Group. However, Thammasat post-graduate student Rakchart Wong-Artichart, 24, disagreed. "I don't think the court will accept the case, but it will be more...

    Politics
  • May 20, 2015

    Politics taking on a LIFE OF ITS OWN

    The three events coincided yesterday. To add to the intrigue, yesterday also marked the fifth anniversary of the tragic end to the red shirts' prolonged protest. While commemoration of the day of bloodshed and turmoil in 2010 was somewhat subdued, the three fresh events have been closely monitored as they are...

    Opinion
  • May 20, 2015

    No plan to mobilise red shirts: Thaksin

    ... a success, but it's difficult, as you can imagine," Thaksin said on the sidelines of the conference, when asked if there were any plans to mobilise red-shirt supporters. "It's not so impressive yet," he said of the first year of the military government. "They have to work harder. "They have to...

    Politics