Somyos: without freedom, humans are not human

On 1 May, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was remanded at the Crime Suppression Division.  He was visited by red shirts and former Triumph workers.

He said that his arrest was probably a result of his role in having recently launched a campaign to collect 10,000 signatures to repeal Article 112 of the Criminal Code, as he heard investigators saying that if he had not done that, he would not have been arrested.

Somyos, leader of the 24th June Democracy group, and other groups of red shirts under the banner of the Democracy Network had held a press conference to launch the campaign on 25 April.

The lèse majesté law has been the cause of endless threats to the freedom of thought and expression of the people, he said.

‘The people should have the freedom to choose the government system they want.  They should have the right to make that decision.  If they want a republic, they should be able to say so.  We’ll fight to bring back our rights to being human.

‘This article [112] in its enforcement makes humans not human, and its punishment is too harsh.  The prosecution is problematic.  The denial of bail is like conviction in advance.

‘We’re in a climate of fear and silence, as the law makes people afraid of speaking out,’ he said. 

When asked whether his group would continue with the campaign, he said that while he was locked up, his fellows had to continue with it. 

‘We have to move on so that people would not be jailed for nothing.  This has been made an unspeakable issue, particularly among the red shirts.  If you’re red, just breathing or farting makes you guilty,’ he said.

He said that he had not attempted to flee as had been alleged by the Department of Special Investigation, but he had regularly organized tours for the red shirts to visit Angkor Wat.  The group who went with him had bought the tour after seeing an advertisement on his Red Power magazine.   

‘Why should I flee?  Never mind.  Being jailed is another form of fighting.  Actually I did not expect [to be arrested].  But if those in power want me locked up, what can I do?  They think that locking up Surachai, Da and me will make people scared.  But it won’t work.

‘Those who are in jail are confined in terms of space, but those outside are also restricted in their freedom. It’s no different. Without freedom, humans are not human,’ he said.

The Voice of Taksin magazine, whose allegedly offensive content was claimed to be the cause of his arrest, was published in 22 issues.  It was ordered closed by the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation in May last year.  Somyos, however, has continued with Red Power magazine.

On 2 May, the Criminal Court denied his bail request, citing that his alleged offences affected national security and the revered monarchy, which carried severe punishment, and that he might flee, as he had been arrested while trying to go abroad.

It really does appear that

It really does appear that Thais have no shame at all.

No shame for those in positions of influence behaving in this anti-democratic, primitive and thoroughly mediaeval way.

No shame for allowing those in positions of influence to behave in this anti-democratic, primitive and thoroughly mediaeval way.

Yet a glimpse of someone 'important' is enough to have them simpering and weeping with joy at the sense of belonging that such glimpses bring.

Many people in foreign lands think that Thais are spineless and deserve to be less important than the dust under someone's feet. This is why.

For God's sake Thai people, get off your knees, get our faces out of the pooyays backsides and have some dignity.

They're coming around. Just a

They're coming around. Just a bit slower than the rest of us.

Down here in the south, pictures [...] have disappeared from the walls of houses of my extended family.

I've asked people if they believe the amount of reverance for the monarchy was higher now or during the Thaksin years, and they said it was higher before. [...], coupled the the conservative efforts using lese majeste, have deeply damaged their image. It's not much longer until they finally dig so deep that the planks of their boat start to leak...

Though the Army doesn't care for that, only it's own power. It will do anything to defend it. A military republic dictatorship is not out of the question. If Thai people want freedom, they have to fight the Army. It will be a real test of these little pygmys..

Thailand is brutal tragedy

Thailand is brutal tragedy wrapped in farce.

On 1 May, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was remanded at the Crime Suppression Division. He was visited by red shirts and former Triumph workers.

On 2 May, the Criminal Court denied his bail request, citing that his alleged offences affected national security and the revered monarchy, which carried severe punishment, and that he might flee, as he had been arrested while trying to go abroad.

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“ ‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first – verdict afterwards.‘

‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!‘

‘Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

‘I won’t!’ said Alice.

‘Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

‘Who cares for you?’ said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.)

‘You’re nothing but a pack of cards!‘

All Thais, from the very top on down, need to fight for their humanity. Repeal Article 112 Now!

Samyos said it :

If you’re red, just breathing or farting makes you guilty... Those who are in jail are confined in terms of space, but those outside are also restricted in their freedom. It’s no different. Without freedom, humans are not human.

Frederick Douglas said it:

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.