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

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Fri May 23 17:13:54 MDT 2014


thanks for this, have shared on Facebook. I was interested to see WAAD from
Bahrain. I had heard about them in the course of doing Bahrain solidarity
work but have no direct contact. Interesting that they signed this
statement.
ps there's a couple great articles out there on labor and left history in
Bahrain if anyone's interested


On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM, glparramatta via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> *For more on Thailand, click HERE.* <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/296
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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.
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> 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)
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> *Socialist Alliance*, Australia
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> *Partido Lakas ng Masa* (PLM), Philippines
>
> *Turn Left Thailand*
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> *Awami Workers Party* (Pakistan)
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> *Social Action for Change* (SAC), Cambodia
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> *Thai Alliance for Human Rights* -- Australia
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> *Socialist Aotearoa*, New Zealand
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> *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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