Lawyers ask court to end protests, dissolve Democrat Party

The Lawyers Association has petitioned the Constitution Court to order the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to end its anti-government rallies and to consider dissolving the opposition Democrat Party.

At the Office of the Constitution Court on Friday, association president Narinpong Jinapak said he had submitted a petition asking the court to consider whether the actions of PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and the Democrat Party were unconstitutional efforts to seize power.

The said the association asked the court to decide whether their actions violated Section 68 of the charter, which stipulates that "no person shall exercise the rights and liberties prescribed in the constitution to overthrow the democratic regime of government with the King as Head of State".

"The current political crisis in Thailand is caused by Mr Suthep, Mr Abhisit and the Democrat Party, after their demonstrators occupied different offices for about a month.

"We can see that their actions are in violation of the rights and liberties of other people.

"We ask the court to issue an emergency protective order against the defendants so they will end their protests of surrounding, intruding and occupying private and state offices and disrupting public facilities and transportation," Mr Narinpong said.

The Lawyers' Association of Thailand also asked the charter court to issue an order to dissolve the Democrat Party and impose a five-year electoral rights ban on Democrat executives, he said.

Meanwhile, a network of law students submitted a proposal calling on the government and its opponents to negotiate and find solutions to the ongoing political conflict.

Network representative Pannamas Arammuang said his network resolved that the government and leaders of the anti-government group should hold talks in public in an effort to settle their differences in accordance with the constitution.

"A House dissolution and a resignation by the prime minister are not the proper way to return power to the people and won't be accepted by the protesters," Mr Pannamas said.

In the long run, political reform is needed and the public must participate in amending the constitution to ensure decentralisation of power. A referendum must be held following the amendment process to avoid conflicts in a sustainable manner, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana, who received the proposal from the law students' network, said the government had been trying to gather information to find ways to solve the political crisis.

"Students in the faculty of law should know well that when people in a democratic society have opposing views, there are mechanisms in the constitution and means to solve it in a democratic way," said Mr Pongthep who, together with Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri, has been assigned by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to set up a "people's forum" bringing together academics and legal experts to discuss how to resolve the political conflict.

On the PDRC's demand to set up a "people's council", he said, "If you want to have a charter drafting assembly, you'll have to put it in the constitution. As for the people's council, what power would it have and would it result in many more councils?"

When reporters asked him about the PDRC's proposal to invoke Section 7 of the constitution to pave the way for a royally appointed government, Mr Pornthep said the public should read His Majesty the King's statement about the issue on April 25, 2006.

At the time, His Majesty said Section 7 does not give the monarch authority to do anything he wants.

The section only refers to democratic government with the King as head of state, His Majesty said.

"If I do [act], they will say the King has acted beyond the scope of his duty. I never overstep my duty. If I overstep my duty, this is undemocratic," the King said.

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Discussion 1 : 07/12/2013 at 09:27 PM
Thailand is in the bottom third per Transparency International's ranking. It's ranking hasn't changed irrespective of whether a Thaksin or Democrat party has been in power. The problem is that the Democrats, by trying to de-legitimize Thaksin by claiming he is too corrupt, have politicized corruption and may have delegitimized serious efforts anti-corruption reforms in Thailand. Thanks NOT!
Discussion 2 : 07/12/2013 at 03:49 PM
Pheu Thai are masters of the Double Standard.
Discussion 3 : 07/12/2013 at 11:50 AM
Correct, red supporters keep on saying its rich vs poor. But they don't realize its not the rich who wants to stay in power, its the corrupted.
Discussion 4 : 07/12/2013 at 09:30 AM
I have a feeling that this is just what the "Democrats" want. Party dissolution? No problem. Unlike TRT and PPP before them, they will not form themselves into a new parliamentary party; they will simply leave a void. And they will not take part until a new "democratic" system is tailored to their design - maybe something on the lines of Suthep's "people's council". In other words they have calculated that they just can't win democratically as things are, so they want to change the rules completely. To some extent this mirrors their tactics in 2006.
Discussion 5 : 07/12/2013 at 09:28 AM
I am absolutely convinced the Constitution Court is needed to decide the way to defuse the current situation. The Constitution Court hopefully can stop this movement towards overthrowing the government which in reality is a coup, just not by the military. There is a constitutional way to replace the current government, through the ballot box. It is the legal means of changing the government when the majority of the people want a change. The Constitution Court is the way to work through this mess!
Discussion 6 : 07/12/2013 at 09:26 AM
The recent ranking of countries according to the degree of corruption shows that the Thailand is in the average of countries. The countries which surround the Thailand have are all worst. We notice in this ranking that the countries where corruption is the strongest are the countries which have no democracy.
Discussion 7 : 07/12/2013 at 09:12 AM
May I understand that protestors in the street are more legitimate than the voters and that the countries where people are poor do not deserve democracy? Do you really think that democracy was established in US, GB or France when the majority of people was already in comfort? Not at all, they was certainly poorest than people of Thailand today.
Discussion 8 : 07/12/2013 at 07:07 AM
It could be chances for the supporters of the DP ideas to see the DP dissolve. Indeed, it could be the best circumstances to create a new party, with the same values (patriotism, great respect to the monarchy, etc), but respecting all the voters, taking care to the poor people and renewing their leaders. This new situation should make them more popular and able to win a general election.
Discussion 9 : 07/12/2013 at 06:59 AM
Do they represent the businessmen or the workers? Who will represents students and retired people? Have they to be elected? If not who will nominate them? Once nominated, do we have a specific election to validate their nomination and precise the field of their work?
Discussion 10 : 07/12/2013 at 06:50 AM
It is obviously exaggerated to say that, but we have to recognize that in this country, there are extremely rich people and very poor people. It is also necessary to recognize that a part of the richest do not want to accept that the poorest can have a word to say in the point to want to refuse them the voting right.
Discussion 11 : 07/12/2013 at 06:38 AM
That's probably because most people, regardless of political opinion respect democracy. I know democracy is something alien to Argentinian's but in the civilized world, despite many pitfalls it's the best system there is.
Discussion 12 : 07/12/2013 at 06:36 AM
The Last general elections were made within the framework of the constitution written after the military coup d'état of 2006. Abbhisit and Suthep were in place. The election board having to examine all the potential cases of frauds noticed that even by taking into account these potential frauds, the final results of the election did not change. Then, they thus validated the election. Abbhisit and Suthep did not dispute his validity. In these conditions, nobody can say seriously that the current government has the power thanks to the vote-buying.
Discussion 13 : 07/12/2013 at 06:34 AM
In addition to academics lambasted Suthep's utopian plan to set up a royally appointed government, now the lawyers association also condemned the PRDC and its conspiring dem party.
Discussion 14 : 07/12/2013 at 05:40 AM
Will the CC rescue their PADocrat buddies again? History said YES. "An 11-member fact-finding panel headed by Deputy Attorney-General Chaikasem Nitisiri voted unanimously in June 2006 to recommend dissolving the Democrat Party based on evidence that the Democrats bribed other opposition parties into boycotting the elections."(27 Jun 2006 The Nation). "Ultimately, the Constitutional Court acquitted Abhisit and the Democrats of bribery, and instead banned Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party for the same charges." (23 Aug 2007 Time Magazine)
Discussion 15 : 07/12/2013 at 05:00 AM
Lawyers are right: a democratically voted government can not be disturbed by an inconstitutional group. Less the police, so they form part of the government. Anyway, we must think about legally voted governments having been or are to be substituted, such as Hitler in Germany or Chavez in Venezuela. Because there may exist a higher reason than the constitutionally established one.
Discussion 16 : 07/12/2013 at 04:28 AM
It is not a fight between Rich and Poor. It is not a fight between Red and Yellow. But it is a fight to uproot the most Corrupt Regime in History.
Discussion 17 : 07/12/2013 at 03:50 AM
I am opposed to dissolving political parties. Punish the people in the parties who do the misdeeds... and I mean really punish them. Prison sentences and none of this everlasting bail that goes on.
Discussion 18 : 07/12/2013 at 03:30 AM
In Asia, Japan adopt western democracy successfully. South Korea is next. Hope Thailand soon will become a democracy.
Discussion 19 : 07/12/2013 at 02:44 AM
I dont need to do any research, my inlaws all showed me the money they got from both the PT and Dems lol. Even so, they voted for BJT.
Discussion 20 : 07/12/2013 at 02:21 AM
Article 68 is supposed to give CC the power to prevent people from abusing their rights, NOT a parliament from exercising its authority. (Legally speaking, they are not the same thing.) So, this is the PERFECT time for CC to do something. And if the attempt to have all senators elected constitutes the overthrow of the democracy (the CC's ruling), many of what K. Suthep have done so far must violate the constitution as well. So, let's wait and see.
Discussion 21 : 07/12/2013 at 01:39 AM
So.. lawyers ask court to end protest, dissolve democrat party VS millions want rid of the shinawatra administration/regime... who's wants and opinions really matter more here? the lawyers who create perpetuate this joke of a policitcal system or the repressed people of the nation? Democracy is a fantasy, dont think countries like the UK or USA have got it right, far from the case.. the only reason they get away with it is that the relative comfort of citizens compared to SE asians countries outweighs the need to take to the streets and do exactly what is happening here..
Discussion 22 : 07/12/2013 at 01:29 AM
The only propaganda here is the one used by anti-democratic oligarchs supporting the yellow shirts. In any democratic country, the Suthep and his cronies would be jailed.
Discussion 23 : 07/12/2013 at 01:28 AM
The vote buying myth is dispelled in the op ed section of this paper. New excuses for support of the democratic process are now needed.
Discussion 24 : 07/12/2013 at 01:25 AM
It is difficult to trust lawyers. Many become politicians.
Discussion 25 : 07/12/2013 at 12:20 AM
All seeing I recommend the article by Chris Baker on the great vote buying myth. By perpetuating this nonsense you are taking the bait hook line and sinker. For goodness sake, people, especially foreigners should read some scholarly research rather than repeating ad nauseam the flawed justifications for overthrowing the democratic process. Do some research and discover what this is really about
Discussion 26 : 07/12/2013 at 12:18 AM
The true democratic process was overthrown years ago when the Thaksin regime started funding & 'educating' a support group big enough to guarantee election victory. Red villages & Red Schools are straight from the Khmer Rouge school of democracy.
Discussion 27 : 07/12/2013 at 12:09 AM
I must have missed the part where Thaksin went to court for all the cases against him .I was under the impression he was hiding in Dubai because he knew he was guilty and would be banned from politics .
Discussion 28 : 06/12/2013 at 11:54 PM
When there's an election won without any votes being purchased then talk to me about democratic rights. In the meantime this is nothing more than game playing.
Discussion 29 : 06/12/2013 at 11:47 PM
I suspect that that is just keyboard warrior's paranoia, isn't it? I confess I have often wondered in the past whether the weight of anti-government postings here hasn't been generated in some dem party office, but that is just my paranoia. In the end I don't really care; I post only as a means of co-ordinating and developing my personal thoughts on public matters. I commend the same practice to you.
Discussion 30 : 06/12/2013 at 11:47 PM
So Tharit should also be tried under the same sections?
Discussion 31 : 06/12/2013 at 11:40 PM
John_ca: I do agree with you to an extent. The mood has changed dramatically however so either there are more individuals positioning themselves newly against the Dems or there are more poeple flooding the board who are trolls. The question as posted is entirely accurate in asking this question.
Discussion 32 : 06/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
Beside violating section 68, Suthep and DP has also violated human rights law, among the other laws they have violated. They publicly demanded that Shinawatra family leave Thailand. They publicly incited and provoked hate against Shinawatra family and other individuals. They slandered government officials, threatened and intimidating individuals who disagreed with them.
Discussion 33 : 06/12/2013 at 11:12 PM
In the beginning I believed people in this forum was against democracy. But this change only show that people really support democracy, but NOT Thaksin and now also NOT Suthep.
Discussion 34 : 06/12/2013 at 11:03 PM
How can our Thai People stand when the Poor have been robbed, the Nation has been looted and the Country has been Plundered?
Discussion 35 : 06/12/2013 at 10:55 PM
If only the court could dissolve both the democrat and republican parties of USA first.
Discussion 36 : 06/12/2013 at 10:55 PM
The Fugitive's hired hands propaganda machine is at its highest in distorting the public opinions in Bangkok Post.
Discussion 37 : 06/12/2013 at 10:54 PM
Really True facts. This is not about supporting the government. It's about another attempt by the forces behind Suthep to take away people's democratic rights. Any thinking person, pro or anti Thaksin, can see this for what it is. To support what Suthep is doing is to support the overthrow of the democratic process. Perhaps you should ask the most pertinent question. What is this really about?
Discussion 38 : 06/12/2013 at 10:53 PM
Who would want to puposely influence the Bangkok Post Forum or better question why? It has almost no influence at all on anything going on in Thailand other than give people a place to vent and express their opinion in English.
Discussion 39 : 06/12/2013 at 10:45 PM
Or, the recent events push defenders of the democracy to be more active.
Discussion 40 : 06/12/2013 at 10:37 PM
Maybe it's simply because most of us are more concerned with the survival of Democracy in Thailand. I have a question for some. Why is it that if you see something you disagree with you can't just disagree? Why the attacks and name calling? "Trolls" "Gutter tactics". Can't you just disagree and explain why you disagree?
Discussion 41 : 06/12/2013 at 10:17 PM
The Constitution Court, it is the only way out of this mess!
Discussion 42 : 06/12/2013 at 10:10 PM
If a court under a military junta convicts a person do you then seriously believe a danish court would accept the judgment as valid? Not because I think Thaksin is not guilty, but there would be reasonable to believe it was partly a political judgement. And now when you're a lawyer, why do then take side without payment?Or maybe I misunderstand your comment.
Discussion 43 : 06/12/2013 at 10:06 PM
I have been researching this and commenting on it..There are apparently "Higher pro government forces and propaganda agencies" at work here…Sudden birth of around 20 new pro government posters overnight and a unnatural tampering with pro government likes or dislikes…Let us take it for what it is worth…typical red shirt gutter tactics….
Discussion 44 : 06/12/2013 at 10:06 PM
bazza5335, there are many suspicions that the electoral process was itself not wholly free of corruption. We can only speculate how many of the majority who voted were fully informed about for whom they were voting & why
Discussion 45 : 06/12/2013 at 10:03 PM
@ Berto, how about considering that many of the protesters can in fact think for themselves, and could only begin to make a stand against what they see as a hugely corrupt regime with the backing of someone wielding power and influence. Anything small enough to be squashed will usually be squashed. 100's of thousands protesting in plain view in a capital is pretty hard to squash without negotiation. It's a means to an end for Thai people who've suffered enough
Discussion 46 : 06/12/2013 at 10:02 PM
Sorry to say, but the Constitutional court ordered in 2008 the dissolution of the party which had the power and the exclusion of the Prime Minister (Somchai) of the political scene during five years. As the constitution did not change since this time, we can think that it has the power to dissolve the Democrat Party today and to forbid of politics some of his leaders.
Discussion 47 : 06/12/2013 at 09:57 PM
It's very interesting that any comment neutral to pro Suthep (and let's agree there's little pro Suthep) is getting significant thumbs down... much moreso than I've ever seen in this forum. Are we currently experiencing an increase in pro-Thaksin trolls or is the mood of readers actually trending this way?
Discussion 48 : 06/12/2013 at 09:57 PM
Your Mr Thaksin will not come back without a clean slate. That's why he ran away.
Discussion 49 : 06/12/2013 at 09:54 PM
Berto, maybe you don't understand that the people are demonstarting about the rampant, undisguised corruption in the PTP that these people are paying for. But in a sense, you are right, it started with the amnesty bill, but it seems this bill was just the straw that broke the camels back.
Discussion 50 : 06/12/2013 at 09:53 PM
It's easy to put all the blame on the Democrats but can you really ignore the discontent of so many thousands of people who came out to protest? A lot of people can see the long term damage that will be done to Thailand if the Shinawatras get to carry out their dubious plans. The 2 trillion baht loan will Bankrupt the country for a generation, making Thailand an interest slave to foreign banks. You only have to look at the economies of southern Europe to see where that leads. Who are the tax payers that will be saddled with the burden of paying back this loan? A lot of them are understandably part of this protest.
Discussion 51 : 06/12/2013 at 09:48 PM
"A throw away propaganda stunt - as Narinpong Jinapak is a notorious red shirt lawyer working directly with/for Thaksin" And your proof for this very sweeping, but serious, statement is where, ATNN? .
Discussion 52 : 06/12/2013 at 09:39 PM
Bewildered - The Lawyers Association in any country consists of the top legal minds in their respective countries and as such, their opinions are usually valued and respected. Obviously, you appear to know better than this group. The "popular support" that you speak of consists of, at the absolute best estimates, 500,000 people out of an electorate of 32 Million voters at the last election. "Why would they be sticking their noses in unless someone is paying them to" Are they not, like you, entitled to their own opinion? .
Discussion 53 : 06/12/2013 at 09:38 PM
AV's offer had no strings attached. I was here and saw the relief when he made the offer and it was initially accepted. It wasn't until the next day, after a phone call had been made by the Boss, that the offer was rejected.
Discussion 54 : 06/12/2013 at 09:17 PM
I see the red propaganda machine is going in overtime to tamper with the likes and dislikes….So very typical of their values….
Discussion 55 : 06/12/2013 at 09:16 PM
What is their name?? The red lawyers of Thailand or simply Thaksin's lawyers of Thailand…Congratulations lawyers; you just made perfect fools of yourselves!
Discussion 56 : 06/12/2013 at 09:05 PM
The tax case against Thaksin was thrown out because there was no law at the time requiring him to pay taxes on selling a company that was a public company on the stock market. Read the Bangkok Post who reported this.
Discussion 57 : 06/12/2013 at 09:04 PM
The real elephant that has been hiding in the room for the past 13 years is the total lack of a robust and competent opposition party. If there was one to act as a check and balance it is possible Thaksin may not have been re elected in 2005 and we could have avoided the coup entirely. As it is now, power is lopsided in favor of Thaksin aligned parties and the opposition is so weak they resort to non constitutional means in their attempts to rule.
Discussion 58 : 06/12/2013 at 09:00 PM
I gave Suthep credit at the onset for disassociating himself with Prachitapat thereby walking away from immunity. He's a fool and a grandstanding idiot but he's not associated with the Dems anymore, and they haven't come out publicly backing him from my readings, so why the lawsuit other than to further PT objectives?
Discussion 59 : 06/12/2013 at 08:57 PM
What goes around comes around. Seriously, courts should not have the power to dissolve any party - TRT, PTP or Democrats. The electorate, the people, decides who should lead them. The court's role should be strictly limited to non-political matters involving alleged violations of laws passed by the elected legislature. The courts should have no role - as they do now - in appointing members to the legislature.
Discussion 60 : 06/12/2013 at 08:56 PM
I'd prefer if they simply barred any elected or appointed politician or government employee who has met with and abetted Thaksin.
Discussion 61 : 06/12/2013 at 08:54 PM
I am a Lawyer. Since when did Lawyers take side without payment???? When did lawyers take a Word for a Word. The nature of an opposition is to rally when fundamental vitues are being challenged! One side was working solely on pursue special interests. One was to bring back Taksin and one was to end real democracy and concentrate all power with the majority, even if it was a very small majority. In Denmark any Government would Work for the Whole country and all peoples interests, regardless anyones special interests. I was all conducted byTaksin This special political situation gave the opposition the right to excercise State of Nessecity!!!
Discussion 62 : 06/12/2013 at 08:50 PM
You must be kidding ? Now the Democrats are responsible for Thaksins on going vendetta .The Democrats didnt divide the country. Thaksin did with his Elite vs the poor brain washing .The Democrats didnt try to avoid paying tax losing 46 billion baht .Thaksin did when he sold his assets and figured he could get away with it because he was a big shot . Please don't miss the elephant hiding in the room even if your on his payroll .Its just insulting to everyone else who see it plain as day .
Discussion 63 : 06/12/2013 at 08:50 PM
Surinn is spot on. Why so many thumbs down?
Discussion 64 : 06/12/2013 at 08:49 PM
The Thai electorate consistently rejects this view. They consistently return Thaksin's successor parties to government. Instead of complaining about Thaksin, maybe the Democrats and their supporters need to do a bit of soul searching and assess and meed the needs of the Thai pepole. TRT came to power by doing this, albeit in a manipulative manner.
Discussion 65 : 06/12/2013 at 08:40 PM
First of all, to win an election, YOU MUST RESPECT ALL THE VOTERS... Secondly, you must plan a politic positive for THE MAJORITY OF THEM, in order to give them the hope of a better future.
Discussion 66 : 06/12/2013 at 08:40 PM
"We can see that their actions are in violation of the rights and liberties of other people." Lawyers are as bad as politicians ... did this same group of lawyers make the same request when PTP and the red took over central BKK a few years back?
Discussion 67 : 06/12/2013 at 08:36 PM
What is becoming clearer by the hour is that the so-called "Democrat" party is now deliberately set on a course of totally destroying electoral politics in Thailand . It is a case of "If we can't control the ship, we'll blow it up!" The Reichstag fire comes to mind. They are also prepared to see their own part go down with it. I think dissolving the party would be a mistake; there are still some good men such as Alongkorn ithere and it would be a pity if they were to be lost to Thailand's politics.
Discussion 68 : 06/12/2013 at 08:15 PM
In principle, I am all for technocrats running the government, doing it in the open would mean the public would be able to verify that their decisions make *technical* sense, for the good of the country. However, can you believe the political heavyweights wouldn't try to interfere and sneak in their men in that cabinet? (and then we'd soon be back to square one)
Discussion 69 : 06/12/2013 at 08:12 PM
All the political leaders are in it for their own pockets. I've never seen a more corrupt Government and the people of Thailand are suffering. I can only hope for improvement and a future Government is put in place that is trustworthy and dedicated to honesty and for the people.
Discussion 70 : 06/12/2013 at 08:06 PM
Really digging deep. Don't blame the PT though. It must be frustrating that under TS every govt has been dissolved because they just can't seem to do things legally. Yet the DEMS work by the book and abide by the rule of law. If the rice farmers were educated and understood the gravity of voting for a fugitive then Thailand would be rosy. Like Nigerian oil being their akelys heel rice is Thailand's.
Discussion 71 : 06/12/2013 at 07:37 PM
Yes they did but, they wanted an election. AV offered an election but with strings attached. Had the strings not been attached the reds would have agreed. This is not about Thaksin. This is about all the corruption in Thailand. How is it the Yellows are still not in jail and still out on bail for taking over the airport. This act alone proves my statement. I could give you more examples but most of my comments are restricted from this undemocratic paper where the freedom of speach is not allowed.
Discussion 72 : 06/12/2013 at 07:26 PM
That is a Big Joke! PeuThai Party has been trying to use every Tactic to stay in power. But the Good People of Thailand will win.
Discussion 73 : 06/12/2013 at 07:24 PM
Yes, one always uses the courts to stop a COUP. Are these people for real? News for you--your world has stopped...you can get off now. How absurd. I find no intellect in their argument.
Discussion 74 : 06/12/2013 at 07:18 PM
Not according to the majority....the voters.... let them decide
Discussion 75 : 06/12/2013 at 07:07 PM
Dissolve ALL polical parties, no double standards, they're corrupt to the core! Kick the pseudo-government out. Send the MPs home. Let the senate with the counsil of state select an a-political technocrats' cabinet. Start it all anew! When time is ripe. With compulsory voting to make corruption too expensive!
Discussion 76 : 06/12/2013 at 06:55 PM
If Mr. Thaksin come back to Thailand and accept the verdict of the Thai court, serve his two years sentence in prison, it will be the beginning of the elite of going to prison. The court will not hesitate to make decisions and pronouncing the verdict "GUILTY" of corruption or murder, abuse of power, vote buying, etc. I think the Democrats can't use Mr. Thaksin anymore as a fuel to garner followers. Possibly it will the beginning of the Democrats to think hard of how they do better public service to win on an election.
Discussion 77 : 06/12/2013 at 06:48 PM
In many countries the great circus's & shows visit to give a performance the people won't forget. In Thailand we have own . And I'm not referring to Phuket fantasea.
Discussion 78 : 06/12/2013 at 06:46 PM
These lawyers are right. Dissolve the Dems, and dissolve the Pheu thai too for having open links with a fugitive convicted criminal and disclosing state secrets. One rule for all, no double talks.
Discussion 79 : 06/12/2013 at 06:43 PM
Can the Lawyers Association enlighten us whether the Pheu Thai also needs to be dissolved because they used a proxy prime minister to shield them for corruption and allowing Thailand to be ruled by a fugitive at Dubai without even made an effort to arrest him.
Discussion 80 : 06/12/2013 at 06:43 PM
I agree that it's caused by Mr. Suthep to start with. It started with the amnesty bill, then seeing that he was becoming famous and many followed him, he expound it into Thaksin regime. And because of Thaksin's name, he become more famous and garner more followers. And he continued leading the "blind" (for they believe without questioning and clarification) people with his blur speeches, to the max by invading government offices, police headquarters, military camps and the government house. And even tell the public/government workers to uprise and rebel to the government.
Discussion 81 : 06/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
Sure, why not, if they dare, of course? PTP's best hope of containing the current potentially explosive situation is to try to get the Democrats to negotiate with them, not to shut them up permanently.
Discussion 82 : 06/12/2013 at 06:21 PM
Who is The Lawyers Association? It is not the Lawyers Council of Thailand to whom all practising lawyers have to be members. The association is a group of persons and not compulsory for all lawyers to be members. I prefer to hear the official voices of the Lawyers Council of Thailand whose board governors are elected by the whole country's practising lawyers.
Discussion 83 : 06/12/2013 at 06:15 PM
There's very little chance that any "people's forum" can take place so long as the fugitive keeps pulling Thai government strings from Dubai. He's already violated the UAE's guest status protocol by openly interfering in the affairs of a foreign nation using Dubai as a base. He should be put under house arrest and denied all communications with the outside.
Discussion 84 : 06/12/2013 at 06:13 PM
glad to see one poster with some common sense
Discussion 85 : 06/12/2013 at 05:50 PM
Talk, more talks, and a new constitution with the participation from all sectors of society follow by a national referendum will not stop street politics and mob rule. We are not having a political problem. Unscrupulous people and politicians wanted to sweep their crimes under the carpet and they misled the masses and turned it into a political problem. If the administration and enforcement of rule of law equally to all without fear and favour is not immediate and direct, we will continue to have ‘political problems’. Rule of law must prevail.
Discussion 86 : 06/12/2013 at 05:48 PM
The Legal profession should be neutral but from the time a Thaksin's first inaugeration to the events of today, it is obvious they are betraying their trust by taking political sides. No hope is there?
Discussion 87 : 06/12/2013 at 05:40 PM
At last.... some COMMON SENSE... ban the democrats for 5 years, and lock up Suthep......Let the voters decide at the next elections.....
Discussion 88 : 06/12/2013 at 05:35 PM
Don't need to dissolve the self declared "Democrat" party, they make enough a fool of themselves with this completely unrealistic story of not elected "people's council" to rule the country for an indeterminate duration. Try to usurp the power this way and you will immediately see both the national and international reactions...
Discussion 89 : 06/12/2013 at 05:34 PM
"The current political crisis in Thailand is caused by Mr Suthep, Mr Abhisit and the Democrat party" Wrong It is caused by Thaksin Shinawatra and his Family!
Discussion 90 : 06/12/2013 at 05:33 PM
A throw away propaganda stunt - as Narinpong Jinapak is a notorious red shirt lawyer working directly with/for Thaksin. So the title might as well have said, "Thaksin asks court to end protests, dissolve Democrat Party." Another disgraceful abuse of legal & academic fronts to serve Shinawatra's designs.
Discussion 91 : 06/12/2013 at 05:32 PM
Meanwhile the country goes into decline.Both sides seem to have last the plot, what was that sparked the protests of in the first instance an attempt at an unlawful moove by the governing party.Both leaders want their heads banging together.
Discussion 92 : 06/12/2013 at 05:28 PM
I wonder where these guys were when Thaksin ran for office, and was elected, and now currently and very openly runs the country without ever being on the ballot. What's the law and constitution say about that?
Discussion 93 : 06/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
a bunch of red lawyers. 2 years ago when the reds were protesting, did they come out and talk.............
Discussion 94 : 06/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
Just like Suthep brought down his own government in mid 90ies , he'll succeed to marginalize his own party if he does not respect the various calls for negotiations.
Discussion 95 : 06/12/2013 at 05:15 PM
Lawyers are at the bottom of the barrel as far as I am concerned. These people should look at the popular support these protests have generated and put the country above their wallets. Why would they be sticking their noses in unless someone is paying them to ?. The reporter should have asked them why they are doing this - the answer will be the Pheu-Thai dirty tricks department.

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