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Editorial: Thailand’s anti-junta agenda overshadowed by ‘election now’ campaign

The movement against the ruling junta has been reignited after the recent protests calling for elections at the MBK department store and the Democracy Monument, but the public seems to be overlooking one of their primary goals, which is to stop the junta from prolonging its power.   Since late January, the group of activists called Democracy Restoration Group (DRG) have staged three political activities, which have led to the prosecution of over 70 individuals. The DRG has proposed two main agendas -- firstly, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) must hold an election in 2018, and, secondly, it must cease its efforts to prolong power after the election.   “When we have elections, when we have [elected] cabinet, the NCPO has to step down by default, this is the first step of building our democracy,” DRG leader Anon Nampa said during a speech at the protest on 24 February at Thammasat University. “Second step,...all NCPO orders and announcements that limit our rights must be amended by a parliament that we elect. This is the importance of elections.”   The speech reflects that the DRG movement is not only calling for the election but also aiming to remove the whole junta regime. The DRG leaders also discussed the junta’s national committees and other legal mechanisms which will sustain the military influence on Thai politics after the elections. They stated these mechanisms need to be removed for Thailand to have a real democracy, but these messages have somehow failed to reach the surface as they have been overshadowed by the “election this year” campaign.    Unsurprisingly, the pro-election proposal has become more viral because it is a common ground of both redshirts, who disfavoured the junta since the beginning, and some yellowshirts, like Veera Somkwamkid, who then supported the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Editorial: Thailand’s anti-junta agenda overshadowed by ‘election now’ campaign, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Editorial: Thailand’s anti-junta agenda overshadowed by ‘election now’ campaign

 

 

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Published By: Prachatai - Thursday, 1 March, 2018

 

 

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