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    Thai Resistance : Interview with Thai Resistance Executive Secretary, Jakrapob Penkai

    Interview with Thai Resistance Executive Secretary, Jakrapob Penkair
    Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    In the days since the Thai coup of May 22nd 2014 the military has sought to crush all opposition using increasingly repressive means.

    Many former pro-democracy leaders and activists have been seized by the Thai Army, threatened with a variety of draconian consequences and then released back into the community, many under what amounts to de facto house arrest.

    However, outside of Thailand a small group of pro-demcracy activists are now gathering and assembling what has been initially labelled as a "Thai Resistance" to the military junta.

    One of the key figures emerging in that resistance is former Thai cabinet minister, Jakrapob Penkair, who has been an exiled dissident since 2009, when he was charged under Thailand's brutally oppressive lese majeste law.

    Here Jakrapob discusses the burgeoning Thai Resistance.

    You've stated that a resistance to the Thai junta is being created - can you give any more details regarding that?

    There are some of us: cabinet members, former members of parliament, red-shirt leaders, and political activists, who never think of recognising the criminal coup makers in Thailand and of surrendering to them. Plus there are some of us already outside of Thailand. We all join hands and are in the process of organising a movement to resist the coup, and to return Thailand to democracy as soon as possible. There is no finalising on its name, location, and the revelation of any founding names yet, but the organisation will definitely be formed within the month of June 2014.

    What will be your role in this resistance?

    I will be its Executive Secretary.

    Would you negotiate with the junta or do you consider them to be completely illegitimate?

    They are not only illegitimate but illegal and criminal.

    A photo has appeared of various anonymous authority figures - from army, air force, navy, police etc - making the three-fingered anti-coup symbol - what would be your message to persons who are part of the coup authority who are uncomfortable with the Thai junta?

    I just want to say: we saw you, we heard you, and we are soon to be with you. Your brave hearts are our most valued and effective weapon to turn the situation around.

    How repressive is the junta-regime being right now?

    This bunch are the most repressive regime since Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat's bloodiest dictatorship regime. People are killed, hurt, violated, bullied, and threatened as never before in recent memory. I believe this stems from them realising how wrong they are. The huge misstep makes them commit crime and mistake one after another.

    Do you think violence is likely?

    I am afraid so. But the people's side never wants violence. We demand elections only. However, how can one maintain a social order and peace when the bullies are in control and violate almost every human right?

    What would be your message to those who may seek to engage in violent acts against the junta?

    Be patient. We are facing a killing machine, and a democracy-based group / movement is always naturally inferior to fight such a machine. We are simply not well-equipped that way. We must put out our ideologies and principles first. Make the whole world understand our plight and their sins. Then this war may be won even before it is fought.

    Do you have anything to say to the Thai community overseas who are anti-coup?

    You have a friend in us. Don't you feel lonely or discouraged.

    And what would you say to those persons protesting against the coup on the streets of Bangkok?

    We salute your bravery and true love for the country. However, stay safe and do not risk yourself too much. We need every one of you during the longer battle for our human dignity.

    Do you have a message for the junta leaders?

    We actually do not want to fight you who are only the servants. However, you are in the way and refuse to leave, one must go through you to get to the real culprits, who are the privileged classes refusing to let Thailand grow up and enter adulthood.


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          Jakrapob forms anti-coup body

          Fugitive red-shirt co-leader Jakrapob Penkair says an anti-coup organisation-in-exile has been formed.

          Mr Jakrapob wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he and other people against the coup have formed an overseas organisation to fight against dictatorship.

          His group would announce in the next few days the "freedom and liberty of Thai people" from the military dictatorship.

          He claimed the anti-coup body has been warmly received by the international community, saying not only Thai nationals but also world figures have supported his move to fight the junta.

          Mr Jakrapob did not give any details about which foreign country he has chosen to be the base for the organisation-in-exile.

          The core leader of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) was among more than 20 lese majeste suspects recently ordered by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to report in or face trial in a military court.

          Mr Jakrapob, a former Prime Minister's Office minister in the Thaksin Shinawatra government who is now living in exile, lashed out at the junta for using unlawful powers to undermine political activism.

          He said it was evident Thailand would not return to the democratic path for a long time to come as the military would use the power that it had unlawfully seized to reap benefits for themselves, their families and their cronies.

          He said the NCPO's policy to "bring back happiness to the country" was a fraud. He called on Thais to join him in his fight against the dictatorship.

          Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee yesterday said the ministry has sought information from the Cambodian government about Mr Jakrapob's movements but Cambodia said it would not interfere in other countries' affairs.

          Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had earlier said he would not allow the country to be used as a base for political activities, Mr Sek said.

          He admitted the ministry did not know where Mr Jakrapob was staying.


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                  Thai ex-lawmakers vow 'fightback' against coup
                  24 Jun 2014

                  The former president of the toppled Thai ruling party on Tuesday launched the first official opposition group to the nation's coup-making junta, bidding to draw together dissidents within the country and outside its borders.

                  Thai policemen stand guard during a demonstration by an anti-coup protester at a shopping mall in Bangkok.

                  BANGKOK: The former leader of the toppled Thai ruling party on Tuesday launched the first official opposition group to the nation's new military regime, bidding to draw together dissidents within the country and outside its borders.

                  Jarupong Ruangsuwan, an ex-minister and wanted man in Thailand, said the newly-minted "Organisation of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy" (FT-HD) will press for the restoration of democratic rule.

                  Since grabbing power from the elected government in a coup on May 22, Thailand's junta has muzzled dissent across the nation and effectively stifled any attempt to co-ordinate widespread anti-coup actions.

                  It has imposed strict media controls, shuttered opposition radio stations, and summoned and detained hundreds of people, the majority linked with the deposed Pheu Thai government of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration's "Red Shirt" supporters.

                  The anti-coup group, which will operate from an unnamed country, will resist any moves by the establishment-backed junta to rig the political system in its favour, Jarupong said in the group's founding statement.

                  Jarupong, who resigned as Puea Thai party leader last week, decried the coup as "grand larceny" and accused the junta of violating "the rule of law, abusing democratic principles" and destroying "rights, liberties, and human dignity."

                  The organisation is backed by a coalition of former lawmakers, academics, Red Shirt figures and other opponents of the army power grab.

                  The junta's foreign affairs ministry batted away their announcement.

                  "There is only one legitimate government, that is this administration," permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow told reporters.

                  Thailand's army has faced a barrage of international condemnation since claiming power.
                  On Monday, the European Union halted all official visits to Thailand and suspended the signing of a partnership and cooperation accord with Bangkok.

                  Thailand has suffered a deep political rupture since Thaksin Shinawatra -- Yingluck's older brother -- swept onto the political centrestage in 2001 on a wave of support from the northern portion of the country.

                  The Shinawatras' electoral success has shaken the Bangkok-based royalist elite -- and its supporters in the military -- who accuse the family of abusing democracy to sponsor massive graft and cronyism.

                  Some observers say the political crisis is motivated by anxiety among competing elites over who will control the country after the rule of the nation's ailing but revered king ends.

                  Thaksin was deposed as premier in a 2006 coup and lives in self-exile to avoid jail for a corruption conviction, although his political affiliates have continued to sweep the polls.

                  He draws loyalty among the urban working class and across the populous but poor north and northeast, where supporters praise him for recognising their burgeoning political and economic aspirations.

                  His sister Yingluck was deposed by a controversial court order shortly before May's coup, which the army said was necessary to restore order following several months of sometimes-deadly street protests in Bangkok.

                  "The people are demanding a fightback," FT-HD spokesman Jakrapob Penkair told AFP via Skype from London, where he was speaking on Monday.

                  "We will provide psychological support for all anti-coup, democratic groups inside and outside Thailand. We will provide assistance and encouragement to all demonstrators against the coup... but not of the violent kind," he continued.

                  "This is just the start," he said, adding the billionaire former premier and Red Shirt hero Thaksin had not joined the group.

                  Jakrapob was a spokesman for Thaksin's government, which was toppled by another army coup in 2006, and a founding member of the Red Shirt movement.

                  Coup-leading Army Chief Prayut Chan-ocha has suspended the constitution, gathered sweeping powers and smothered dissent, warning anti-coup protesters face military courts if prosecuted.

                  Thai police on Monday offered a $15 reward to anyone providing photographic or video evidence to help convict anti-coup protesters who have gathered in small but increasingly creative flashmobs.

                  In the latest strike on freedom of expression, a lone man reading George Orwell's anti-authoritarian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was arrested on Sunday.



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                        Pheu Thai Denies Links to Anti-Coup Group in Exile
                        Wed, 25/06/2014

                        Khaosod English reported on Tuesday that the ruling Phue Thai party of the former government has denied any link with the anti-coup group founded in exile by its former leader.

                        Chawalit Witchayasutthi, deputy secretary-general of Pheu Thai Party said on Tuesday that the Pheu Thai Party must stay under the framework of rules and laws and that it is personal opinion of former leader Jaruponbg Ruangsuwan to oppose the coup.

                        Jarupong on Tuesday unveiled the group, called The Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FTHD), in a video published on social media. Another video showed former minister and prominent activist Jakrapob Penkair reading the group's founding statement in English. Both leaders are thought to be currently residing in Cambodia.

                        Chawalit also insisted that no high-ranking party members will oppose the military junta in any way and that will allow the junta to proceed with its plan.



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                          Military order media not to report anti-coup movement in newsroom


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                            Opponents of Thai junta suspend plan to form gov't-in-exile
                            June 27, 2014

                            A former Thai government official opposed to the junta that seized power in May said Thursday he and other dissidents will form an opposition group in exile next month, instead of a government-in-exile as previously contemplated.

                            Jakrapob Penkair, a former government minister who has been in self-imposed exile for five years, told the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong at a luncheon that the group will likely be set up in one of five Western countries it has been in contact with, rather than in Asia.

                            "It's not the government-in-exile we're organizing, it's just a political group. But one day it might grow," Jakrapob, a former chief spokesman for the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a 2006 coup, told Kyodo News.

                            The group, named Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy, will be led by former interior minister and former Pheu Thai Party chief, Charupong Reuangsuwan, who was a member of the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's younger sister who fell from power shortly before the latest coup.

                            "My own personal view in the first place after the coup was to set up a government-in-exile, but then when I consulted with many of my colleagues, I came down a few notches. We see a government-in-exile as an option for the future," Jakrapob said.

                            He said Western countries are better choices for the group's headquarters than Asian states as they are less likely to be influenced by the military dictatorship now in power in Thailand.

                            Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he will not allow any Thai government-in-exile to be established in Cambodia despite his friendship with the Thaksin clan.

                            Jakrapob said the group will seek international support for its push for restoration of democracy in Thailand through a free and fair election.

                            Regarding Thaksin's connection with the group, Jakrapob said the former populist prime minister is a "symbol and an ally" but is not expected to play any political or financial role.

                            He predicted that the current period of stability in Thailand following the coup and the revocation of the martial law will be short-lived, saying the people will react differently when they see the true colors of the junta.

                            Thai Consul-General Aroon Jivasakapimas, who also attended the luncheon, said an election will be held within one-and-a-half year.

                            "Now we are concentrating on stability, and reform, and then election," he said.



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                              Weapons charge opens door to Jakrapob extradition

                              Jakrapob Penkair.


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