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November 21, 2012

Thai Red Shirts to Monitor Democrat Party-Backed March against Democracy

Following a visit to Thailand by U.S. President Barack Obama in which he expressed support for the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra, Red Shirt groups are announcing plans to monitor and expose the financial supporters of an upcoming march against democracy by an extremist group backed by the Democrat Party.

According to Robert Amsterdam, lawyer to the Red Shirt group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), this evidence gathering will also extend to any acts of violence, threats of violence and any other criminal enterprise associated with the anti-democratic extremists and its backers.

“This is a warning to all the extremists and their supporters that their attempt to sow instability and destroy Thailand’s hard-earned democracy will be made accountable before the law,” said Amsterdam. “Responsibility for this blatant assault on an elected government should also lie with those who stand behind the Democrat Party, such as Liberal International, who appear to have lost all sight of their principles and mission, standing by as their member party makes a mockery out of basic civil rights to vote and have leaders elected by the popular will, rather than by the end of a rifle.”

The protests against democracy in Bangkok are in part a response to the international recognition achieved by the current government that was never possible under the last coup-appointed administration of the former government. At a press conference Sunday 18th November President Obama stated he was “proud to stand beside the democratically elected leader of Thailand,” Prime Minister Yingluck, and that he was “very admiring” of the efforts of the Thai people to “restore and strengthen” democracy. Just one week earlier, Prime Minister Yingluck was granted audience with Queen Elizabeth II and met with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

To conduct this process of evidence gathering this weekend, the UDD shall be employing legal monitors on the ground during anti-democracy protests and coordinating with the relevant authorities in Thailand to ensure, that should a coup or serious violence occur, those responsible are held to account by the international community. The purpose of the process is to catalogue, name and publish all the details of those involved with financially supporting the coup plotters. Once those funding the movement are revealed to the public, the UDD plans to call upon its +14 million members to boycott these businesses in Thailand.

Recent polls show that 94% of Bangkok citizens are opposed to the anti-democratic march.

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