Colleagues of Somyos vow to continue campaign to repeal Article 112

The denial of bail for Somyos Prueksakasemsuk is like a verdict in advance, even though the court has yet to determine whether the content in Red Power magazine is offensive or not as it has not yet been proved, said Suwit Lertkraimethi, member of the 24th June Democracy group, at a press conference on 4 May.

The arrest of Somyos on 30 April is clearly political persecution, as the arrest warrant was issued on 12 February, he said.

Somyos should be protected as a media worker, and media organizations should come out to protect him, as this concerns the freedom of the press, he said.

Sombat Boon-ngam-anong, leader of the Red Sunday group, said that the arrest was politically motivated to undermine the red-shirt movement.

He said that many were not aware that they were on the Department of Special Investigation’s list of people facing arrest.  He had urged DSI Director General Tharit Phengdit to reveal the list, as it was the right of the public to know, but the agency had never responded.

‘From now on, we must not stop talking about Somyos so that this issue is kept alive”, Sombat said.

The 24th June Democracy group, which has been led by Somyos, will continue to publish Red Power magazine even without Somyos as the editor.  Some academics have offered to help.

The group vows to fight on, to carry on what Somyos has done to achieve the ultimate goal, which is Democracy with the King as Head of State.  And it will collect signatures for the campaign to repeal Article 112 at the red shirts’ gathering on 19 May.

Good luck fellows! What more

Good luck fellows! What more can we say? The message is not in what is said but, sometimes in what is not said.

"And it will collect

"And it will collect signatures for the campaign to repeal Article 112 at the red shirts’ gathering on 19 May."

CHAPTER VII Direct Political Participation by the People (pdf)

Section 163.
The persons having the right to vote of not less than ten thousand in number have a right to submit a petition to the President of the National Assembly to consider a bill as prescribed in Chapter 3 and Chapter 5 of this Constitution.

A bill must be attached to the petition referred to in paragraph one.

The rules and procedures for the petition and the examination of names of petitioners shall be in accordance with the provisions of the law.

In considering a bill under paragraph one, the House of Representatives and the Senate shall provide representatives of the petitioners introducing the bill with opportunities of explaining the principle thereof, and the ad hoc committee to be appointed for considering the bill shall also consist of representatives of the petitioners introducing such bill in the number of not less than one third of the total number of members of the committee.

The quote is from the pdf version from the Senate website.

I don't imagine that 10,000 signatures is an insurmountable hurdle. Is the bill attached to the signatures available over the wire? Can someone furnish a link, please? Thanks.

What of Somyos' petition

What of Somyos' petition drive in Thailand?

Entering the 3rd week of Somyos' imprisonment he has garnered 2 letters of support from Malaysia :

International concern for Somyos I
International concern for Somyos II

It is wonderful to know that another ASEAN nation has noted Somyos' persecution at the hands of the present Thai regime; that both MP Tian Chua and SUARAM have raised their voices in solidarity with Somyos and in his defense.

How many 'No 112!' signatures have been collected?
Where has the accompanying bill been published?

The completion and presentation of the petition that has occasioned his oppression together with its accompanying bill are the most meaningful means to support Somyos from within Thailand.

Surely the petition and bill must be readied as the very first order of business for the next government.