PDRC takes emergency law to court

The People's Democratic Reform Committee on Monday filed a lawsuit with the Civil Court asking it to order the revocation of the emergency decree, conduct an urgent investigation and issue an injunction to prevent a crackdown on protesters.

The lawsuit was filed by Thaworn Senneam, a PDRC leader at the Victory Monument rally site, and his lawyers.

Named defendants in the lawsuit are caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), and Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the national police chief and CMPO chief of operations.

Mr Thaworn, while waiting for the court's decision, said the government's imposition of the emergency decree was illegal because  the Constitution Court had earlier ruled that the PDRC protest was legal.

There had been violence against the protesters, the most recent being the fatal shooting of Sutin Tharatin, coordinator of the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism, near an advance voting unit in Bang Na area on Sunday.

The violence had not been caused by the PDRC protesters, but by other people, Mr Thaworn said.

In PDRC's view, the emergency decree was designed to give the authorities the power to curtail the people's basic rights, he added.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 30/01/2014 at 10:19 PM
As former deputy prime minister in 2010, Suthep imposed the last Emergency Decree to crack down on those protesting against him. 90 people were killed, and 2000 were injured.
Discussion 2 : 27/01/2014 at 02:20 PM
The right to protest is guaranty by the constitution. But the list of the illegal means used by the PDRC and his leaders during this protest is very long... The courts cannot ignore it more longer.
Discussion 3 : 27/01/2014 at 12:49 PM
The protest was legal,,, till you began blocking roads, offices and people from voting. It no longer is !

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