Protesters tell US to 'butt out'

About 500 student-led demonstrators rallied outside the United States embassy in Bangkok on Thursday, loudly denouncing Washington for supporting the Feb 2 election in Thailand.

Nititorn Lamlua, leader of the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand, demanded US ambassador Kristie Kenney come out and listen to protesters' reasons for wanting to remove caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and push for reform before a general election, not after.

They handed out an open letter at the rally strongly attacking Western governments and media organisations for unfairly judging and reporting on the political situation in Thailand.

"Your views and reports on the situation in Thailand have been very negative and biased, with much prejudice," the letter said. "We want to inform leaders or representatives of those Western governments and others that their concern over the situation here is unwarranted. Matters in Thailand are none of their business," it added.

"If you continue to 'express concern' time and again, directly or indirectly, then we presume that your growing concern is mainly based on your self-serving interests and that certainly signify ills for Thailand through uninvited interference in the internal affairs of our country," the letter said.

The protesters also set up a flag pole and put up a national flag to send a message to Washington that the ongoing rallies are a domestic issue and other countries should not intervene.

Mr Nititorn on Sunday accused Washington of calling for democratic principles and human rights without even considering that Thais are fighting an undemocratic government.

The US State Department issued a statement in Washington last week supporting the attempt to solve the political impasse "peacefully and democratically'' following the prime minister's decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and call elections now set for Feb 2.

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Discussion 1 : 20/12/2013 at 09:51 AM
Wuron speaks for all foreigners living in this country not just American. Arrogance has been a major problem for this country for as long as this has been Thailand. To even protest outside any foreign embassy is pathetic. All countries have to deal with whatever government is elected by the majority. the fact that the USA play down the protests is just democratic.Sorry of course the protests do not know the meaning of Democracy do they. Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. Just to remind y
Discussion 2 : 20/12/2013 at 08:30 AM
Not much different from the Redshirts, then.
Discussion 3 : 19/12/2013 at 10:28 PM
I'm an American-Thai citizen living in Bangkok and I'm incredibly ashamed of this protest at the US embassy! First of all, NOT all Americans agree with the negative news reports, and NOT all of the news reports are negative! Honestly, Thailand is just a big fish in a small pond, and the US has bigger fish to fry right now.
Discussion 4 : 19/12/2013 at 07:27 PM
They should declare war to the US, and then pretend it never happened...
Discussion 5 : 19/12/2013 at 07:23 PM
A long way to go I think and I understand it must be done on their own. Funny though any Thai in America can openly run to be a politician. It's like most free democratic countries they are a multi nationality population. Therefore their views are democratically multi nationality based.
Discussion 6 : 19/12/2013 at 06:57 PM
@ Celadon: Well, Thai people OTHER than these couple of hundred kids I guess...
Discussion 7 : 19/12/2013 at 06:37 PM
So what happened to the occupation of the Embassy? I guess your word is as good as Suthep's.
Discussion 8 : 19/12/2013 at 06:32 PM
The students seem to think freedom of expression belongs only to those who agree with them.
Discussion 9 : 19/12/2013 at 06:22 PM
Why only Thailand ??? Please give it a try and start to enumerate the countries that do not like the USA, you might be surprised how long your list is going to be... In this troubled time for Thailand, Thai people have other priorities than thinking about their alleged animosity towards the USA...
Discussion 10 : 19/12/2013 at 05:50 PM
Very common to Thais' reactions with foreigners about the political situation in their country - and that include both the "yellows" and the "reds" sides : as long as you sharing their ideas, they give you as an example : "look, westerners are supporting us" but if you don't, suddenly you are supposed to don't get involved in Thai politic and anyway you are a stupid farang who don't understand anything about the country.
Discussion 11 : 19/12/2013 at 05:44 PM
This anti-American attitude is something I've sensed in Thailand ever since I first came here 45 years ago - behind the smile is a deep resentment of Americans and everything American. I've tried without success to find out what forms the basis of this animosity but my research has come up empty. It's refreshing this animosity has finally been brought out in the open so for my part, I'll sit back and relish the systematic destruction of the Thai nation by people eaten up with hatred for a country that never did them any harm - by the way, stick with Suthep - he'll lead you to where you belong.
Discussion 12 : 19/12/2013 at 05:43 PM
"The US State Department issued a statement in Washington last week supporting the attempt to solve the political impasse "peacefully and democratically'' This is what was actually said! It is mild. You are expressing the kind of emotional jingoism that Thailand does not need!
Discussion 13 : 19/12/2013 at 05:36 PM
"About 500 student-led demonstrators...."......Unfortunately the media have a stake in these protests, about which we can all speculate....Their characterizations of its' elements, motives and activities needs a 'reading between the lines' approach.....Student led?...Really?...Thai students are not typically fired-up politically.....PADocrats trying to project themselves beyond themselves again?... The photo with this article doesn't appear to be of fuzzy-cheeked youngsters...A source here saw the photo's on the Internet of this US Embassy caper, and indicated the people pictured all had Southern Thailand appearances...????????????
Discussion 14 : 19/12/2013 at 05:23 PM
You protesters remember this. And the next time you have a tsunami, floods or any natural disaster, you tell the U.S. to "butt out". It is none of their business.
Discussion 15 : 19/12/2013 at 05:12 PM
now when do you plan on burning the US flag and storm the embassy as your leader has stated. Cause for concern?
Discussion 16 : 19/12/2013 at 05:05 PM
Average Americans don't care at all what Thais do to resolve their internal issues. Get a life & "butt out" yourself. Or maybe align yourself with China because they are so good at democracy & can certainly reform Thai politics for sure & maybe pick up a couple islands off the Thai coast on the way.
Discussion 17 : 19/12/2013 at 04:53 PM
Well done! Do not let the US take over your country as they have with others
Discussion 18 : 19/12/2013 at 04:27 PM
While a domestic matter, stability of Thailand is most definitely and rightly a concern of the United States, noly only as the 'Leader of the Free World' but also as a result of our long standing alliance, and Thailand's geopolitical influence in ASEAN. If Thailand descents into anarchy, as "People's Council" and absence of election is likely to cause, then the whole region could become unstable. The right-wingers who are protesting outside the US embassy must remember history when Thailand as a strong US ally fought in neighboring countries to help stem the tide of communism.
Discussion 19 : 19/12/2013 at 04:22 PM
Hey kids, it actually IS the business of The United States and pretty much every other nation that has an embassy here. So if the point of embassies is to maintain contact with foreign governments, then who exactly do the students want Mrs. Kristy to speak with? As far as everyone still knows, Yingluck is STILL the Prime Minister, so that's whose goverment they are OBLIGATED to speak with. Also, how can you claim to fight for democracy, but denounce Washington's support for an ELECTION at the same time? Like the red shirts, it seems that Mr. Nititorn only likes democracy if his side wins.
Discussion 20 : 19/12/2013 at 04:05 PM
Huh? My country is now taking sides in the seemingly never ending conflict between the 2 opposing factions? I don't think so. Unlike some other countries USA did not issue travel advisory not to visit Thailand, just common sense warning for nationals like me who are in Thailand to avoid demonstration sites or places where confrontation can arise. As a democracy the USA always supports the people of any country expressing their wills freely without coercion. If you want to have an election on defferent terms or no election at all that is your right. As for me, I am just fed up with it all so protest against the USA all you want.
Discussion 21 : 19/12/2013 at 04:02 PM
This must surely be the first time the US has been attacked for supporting the right of the citizens of a foreign country to vote for the government of their choice? Amazing Thailand indeed.
Discussion 22 : 19/12/2013 at 04:01 PM
Why don't they go to Washington, D.C. where the messages originated from and protest there?

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