Samstag, 29. Dezember 2012

My Personal Annual Photo Review 2012

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From left to right: Poonthep Sirinupon, Sawatree Suksri, Pijabutr Saengkanokul,  Worachet Pakeerut,
Mrs Jantajira Iammayura, Thapanan Nipithakul, Krit Puyeeyama

22.January 2012: Discussion forum of the Khana Nitirat Group (Law for the people group) at the Thammasat University. This group of academics tries to start a nation wide discussion about the section 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse-majestè) and proposed an amendment of this article.

Professor Worachet Pakeerut

In the afternoon of 29 February 2012, Professor Worachet Pakeerut, a law professor at Thammasat University and one of the leaders of the Khana Nitirat Group, was assaulted by two ultra right-wing royalists outside the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University. The two men, the twins Suphot and Suphat Silarat, punched Professor Worachet several times in the face until he was bleeding. On 8 March, Dusit Municipal Court sentenced the brothers to six months in prison for assaulting law lecturer Worachet Pakeerut in late February.


01.February 2012, Chinese New Year at Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Bangkok

The second "Thailands Fearlessness Walk" on 14. February 2012, here at the Democracy Monument.

14. February 2012 Panitan Prueksakasemsuk started his 112 hours lasting
hunger strike to support his father Somyot.
It was an afternoon in mid-February: A group of people established some sort of a temporary shelter on a sidewalk. They had put mattresses on the ground and added some canvas chairs, cushions and a makeshift roof of red cloth to protect themselves from the hot sun. Right behind the small encampment there are the grounds of Bangkok´s Criminal Court. Amongst this crowd of people there was a slender young man dressed in dark-blue jeans and white T-Shirt: Panitan Prueksakasemsuk, son of well-known editor and labour activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk...



14. March 2012, Wat Lhuang, Mae Sot
13.March 2012, Mae Sot, Thailand, Ashin Issariya

Ashin Issariya, known as King Zero, was a key leader (and is a very close friend of U Gambira) of Burma’s 2007 uprising (the so called Saffron Revolution) against the military government and co-founder of The Best Friend Library.

Mae Sot, Thailand, KNLA G-1 Brigadier General Mae Ae Sein

Mae Ae Sein, Brigadier General of the „Karen National Liberation Army" (KNLA) joined the KNLA more than 50 years ago. The Karen ethnic minority make up approximately eight percent of the total population in Burma. Along with the Shan they are the second largest ethnic group in this multi-ethnic country, which is officially called Myanmar. The KNU and its military wing, the KNLA, were fighting against the central governemt since early 1949... (Blog in German and English)


12.March 2012, prothesis workshop at Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thai-Burmese border region.

The Mae Tao clinic is located on the western outskirts of the Thai town of Mae Sot near the Thai-Burma border. Every day the clinic is packed with patients, queuing up in front of different health department buildings on the compound.


28.April 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bersih 3.0 protest.


Ten of thousands of people were marching in the streets of Kuala Lumpur to demand free and fair elections. The demonstration was organised by the "Bersih 3.0" movement (Bersih means "clean"). But the rally, which started so peacefully, ended up in violence. (Blog in German and English)




30.April 2012, Chiranuch Premchaiporn at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, expecting the courts verdict on the Computer Crime Act case. The verdict was later adjourned until May the 30th.

On 30 May, the Criminal Court found Prachatai Director Chiranuch Premchaiporn guilty of allowing readers’ comments deemed offensive to the monarchy to remain on the Prachatai webboard for too long.
The court sentenced her to one year in prison and a fine of 30,000 baht, under Section 15 of the Computer Crime Act 2007, but reduced the jail term to 8 months and the fine to 20,000 baht, citing her cooperation in the judicial process, and finally suspended the jail term for one year because ‘the defendant has never been convicted before and in order for the defendant to have the opportunity to become a good citizen of the country’.

08.May 2012, Uncle SMS died in prison. His wife Rosmalin in front of the criminal court.

On November 23rd 2011 Khun Ah-Kong was found guilty and condemned to twenty years in prison (5 years for each SMS) for allegedly sending four SMS anonymously to Somkiat Khrongwattanasuk (a private secretary of former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva) which were considered insulting to the monarchy, despite his age and his poor health. Although the prosecuter could only present some circumstantial evidence and not a single proof of guilt.
On Friday, May 4th 2012 Amphom Tangnoppakul suffered from severe stomach pains and was relocated to the Bangkok Prison Infirmary. The blood samples were not taken until Monday morning. Before the results could be delivered, Ah-Kong passed away on May 8th. He died from liver cancer, the CIFS (International Committe of the Red Cross) declared on May 9th.

19.May 2012, Rachaprasong intersection, second anniversary of the violent May 2010 crackdown.

Phayao Akkahad and other relatives of the April 10th and May 19th victims at the commemoration ceremony at Wat Phatum Wanaram.

Phayao Akkahad lost her daughter Kamolkade at Wat Phatum Wanaram during the violent military crackdown in May 2010. Kamolkade, 25, a trained paramedic, was hit by several bullets while attending injured protesters inside the Wat Phatum Wanaram compound. That area was an agreed (by military and police) sanctuary for fleeing  protesters seeking shelter.

22.May 2012, 7th anniversary celebrations of at the Pridi Banomyong Institute on Sukhumvit 55.

23.05.2012, supporters and relatives of political prisoners at Laksi prison, Bangkok, giving the inmates moral support.

30.May 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi in Maha Chai (south of Bangkok) greeting thousands of burmese migrant workers.

Migrant workers and supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in Maha Chai.



01.June 2012, the PAD staged a protest against the reconciliation bill in front of parliament building.

01.June 2012, the PAD staged a protest against the reconciliation bill in front of parliament building.

05.June 2012, Kachin protesters in front of the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. They wanted to remind the world that there is still a war going on in Myanmar.

08.June 2012, Bangkok, Jatuporn Prompan giving a speech in front of the parliament building.

08.June 2012, Bangkok, UDD and Peua Thai protesters gathered  in front of the parliament building to support the government.



Friday, 13.July 2012, Bangkok,  Peua Thai supporters were waiting
for the Constitutional Court's verdict.

Red Shirts and Peua (or Pheu) Thai Party supporters celebrating the Court's decission not to dissolve the party.

The Constitution Court on Friday, 13th July, 2012 dismissed the petitions filed against the government's charter amendment bill, which claimed it was unconstitutional and an attempt to overthrow the constitutional monarchy and democratic administration. Seven of the judges on the court bench agreed the plaintiffs had not provided the proof needed to support their contention.


26.August 2012, Bangkok, the cremation of Khun Ah-Kong.

The body of Amphon (or Ampon) Tangnoppakul, aka Uncle SMS, aka Khun Ah-Kong (or Akong), who died at the age of 62 on May 8th 2012 at 9.10 am in the prison hospital at Bangkok Remand Prison was cremated this Sunday, August 26th 2012 at Wat Lad Phrao, Lad Phrao Road Soi 41.

Mainentrance of the Criminal Court on August 8th

Canteen of the Criminal Court August the 8th.


Press briefing on the Somyot case on September 7th 2012 with one of his lawyers, Karom Polponklang, and his wife Sukunya.

10.September 2012, Student Christian Centre, Bangkok, Rohingya artists performing traditional music at  the
MEDIA, FILM AND TALK FOR THOUGHT - An untold story of Muslim minorities  in Thailand's deep south and the Rohingya in Arakan State of Myanmar-event.

from left to right: Mr. Wisit Wisitsora-At, Mr. Ronnachai Kongsakul, Mr. Manich Sooksomchitra, Mr. Somchai Homlaor,  Dr. Kanit Nanakorn (Chairman), Mr. Kittipong Kittayarak, Mrs. Jutharat Ua-Ammoey, Dr. Surasak Likasitwatanakul, Dr. Decha Sangkawan, Mr. Pireeyut Wannapruk

On September 17th 2012 the TRCT (Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand) launched their final report about the 2010 protests which resulted into the bloody April 10th and May 19th 2010 crackdowns  with at least 92 people killed in Bangkok. The commission investigated only the killings in Bangkok.


Anutsawari 14. Tula 1973 - Monument of 14. October 1973

Donations by the relatives of the victims of  the violent crackdown of 14.Oktober 1973.

Relatives and former protesters praying for the dead.

Recent Thai history still is very much alive: October is a month full of memories of a past which marks one of the darkest periods in Thailand. Those of the older generation remember very well what had happened during the 1970's in the heart of Bangkok. And all those of us who did not witness former atrocities first hand can always visit the memorial site of  the 14th October 1973 at Rajdamnoen Avenue within walking distance from the „Democracy Monument".

28.October 2012, Royal Turf Club, Bangkok, the first Pitak Siam protest.

On Sunday, October 28th 2012, a group called Pitak Siam (Protect Siam) staged an anti-government protest at the Royal Turf Club. The core leader of PS (a group which was completely unknown just a month ago) is retired General  Boonlert Kaewprasit, who called for a coup to oust the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. 


Monument of  Democracy

02.November 2012, Bangkok, Maung Zarni at the FCCT in Bangkok.
Maung Zarrni's Blog:

14.November 2012, Bangkok, Grace Morales at the FCCT

Mary Grace Morales lost two loved ones in the Maguindanao Massacre of Nov.23, 2009 — her husband Rosell, a reporter for News Focus, and her sister Marites Cablitas, a reporter of radio DxBX. Grace and family members of the 32 media workers who died in the massacre are complainants in the multiple murder case now pending before a Quezon City trial court against members of the powerful Ampatuan clan.

24.November 2012, Bangkok, Pitak Siam protest at Makawan Bridge near the UN-Building.

On Saturday the 24th of November 2012 the Pitak Siam (Protect Siam) protest movement of Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit called for a second rally in Bangkok to topple the Yingluck governement.


Christmas tree in front of the Central World Shopping Mall at the
Rachaprasong intersection.

Christmas tree on the elevated level in front of the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall.

The little begging girl fell asleep opposite of the Christmas market at the Central World Shopping Mall.

Today, December 5th 2012, I tried to observe the celebrations to the 85th birthday of Thailands king Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Big crowds were expected and as the two english language newspapers reported, thousands of wellwishers already arrived on Tuesday evening to secure the best places in front of the barrier for themselves. That's why I decided to leave early at 6:30 AM Wednesday morning, hoping I could still find a nice spot to observe the crowds and the celebration.

19.December 2012, Criminal Court, Bangkok, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk waiting for the next hearing.

On 19th December 2012 the Criminal Court just read the Constitutional Courts' decision and the reasons for the judgement. The next hearing will be held on 23rd January 2013. Possibly then the Criminal Court will finally announce the verdict.
Interestingly, there were hardly any red shirts or unionists at the Criminal Court on 19th December 2012. When I think of all those dozens or even hundreds of supporters backing Jatuporn and the other UDD members, it seems to me that there is not much support left for Somyot (from the Thai people). Around 100 people gathered in the court room, many were close friends, old comrades, international observers from several NGO's, from embassies and Thai and foreign journalists. For more than 30 years Somyot dedicated his life to the working class of Thailand but it seems that there are just very few who remember.

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