"Red-shirts" propose 5 requests to Thai gov't

18:41, October 14, 2010      

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The co-leader of a "red-shirt" branch, held a seminar and some other activities on Thursday in Bangkok to commemorate the bloody Oct. 14 incident and proposed five requests to the Thai government.

A lot of "red-shirt" protesters participated in the activities which were organized under the collaboration of Red Power magazine and People Channel news station.

During the seminar, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, the leader of the 24th of June Democracy Group, a political branch of "red-shirts" movement, presented five requests to the government: releasing all detained "red-shirt" members in order to create genuine reconciliation; justice reform; economic reform to bring about income equality; agrarian reform leading to fairer possession of lands; and ceasing media distortion and threat.

Somyot also demands the Independent Fact-Finding Panel, the National Reform Committee and National Human Rights Commission not to be exploited by Abhisit government.

On Oct. 14, 1973, thousands of university students gathered in Bangkok demanding the military government to step down before dozens of people were killed as the troops started to use live rounds to suppress them.

The anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or "red-shirt," staged prolonged demonstration from March to May this year in Bangkok and some other provinces, demanding the government to resolve parliament and arrange snap election. Their demonstration ended on May 19 when the government resorted to military for dispersal. Around 90 people were killed and almost 2,000 were injured in the clashes between troops and the protesters.

Source: Xinhua


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