[Marxism] Asia-Pacific socialists, progressive activists: 'No to another coup in Thailand!' | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Fri May 23 17:02:57 MDT 2014

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May 23, 2014 --We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the 
latest coup d'état staged by Thai military under the leadership of 
Prayuth Chan-ocha.

The current coup, which took place almost eight years after 2006 coup, 
will do nothing to enhance democracy and social justice in Thailand, 
instead it will only tighten the grip of dictatorial rule and attempt to 
crush any democratic institution that exist. The army has already 
started its crackdown on media and the internet, and has arrested people 
who oppose the coup.

The coup is set to protect the interests of the section of Thai ruling 
class who want to reduce the democratic space in order to consolidate 
its power. The military junta in Thailand has no interest in bringing 
about free and fair elections to solve the political crisis, and 
certainly will not protect freedom of expression, which it sees as a 
threat to its rule.

The Thai military has been notorious for ruthless crackdowns on 
democratic movements, for instance, the bloody massacre of Red Shirt 
pro-democracy protests in 2010.

Hence, we demand:

  * Immediate repeal of martial law in Thailand.

  * Restoration of the election process to let the people of Thailand
    choose their future government democratically.

  * Stop the crackdown and arrest of political dissidents in Thailand
    and free all the political prisoners.

  * The governments of ASEAN to get together to condemn and assert
    pressure to end the coup in Thailand.

  * All governments to withdraw their ambassadors from Thailand as a
    demonstration that they do not recognise the military junta.

*Parti Sosialis Malaysia* (PSM)

*Socialist Alliance*, Australia

*Partido Lakas ng Masa* (PLM), Philippines

*Turn Left Thailand*

*Awami Workers Party* (Pakistan)

*Social Action for Change* (SAC), Cambodia

*Thai Alliance for Human Rights* -- Australia

*Socialist Aotearoa*, New Zealand

*Unite Union*, New Zealand

*Transform Asia Gender and Labor Institute*, Philippines

*Communist Party of Bangladesh-ML *

*National Democratic Action Society* (WAAD) in Bahrain

New signatories will be added at http://links.org.au/node/3865

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