Guest speakers on this evening were Sukunya, aka Joop, wife of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, David Streckfuss, a noted scholar of lese-majeste legislation and author of "Truth and Trial in Thailand", Prachatai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn and Dr. Tul Sittisomwong, leader of the "multicoloured- shirt group" and member of the "Citizen Protecting Homeland Group".
|From left to right: Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk, Dr. Tul Sttisomwong , David Streckfuss and Chiranuch Premchaiporn.|
In this blog post, this time in ENGLISH only (because it's imposssible to translate, you will understand when you read his speech), I will post the statement of Dr. Tul Sittisomwong only, an ultra-royalist and nationalist, after I already posted earlier my views on the Somyot and Khun Ah-Kong case. I think it will be of interest to read his conservative views on Article 112 and on the monarchy and why he is willing to defend it by all means.
Aufgrund des doch etwas heiklen Themas möchte ich diesmal auf eine Übersetzung der Rede ins Deutsche verzichten. Da Dr. Tul Sittisomwongs Rede, wie in Thailand üblich, gespickt ist mit Andeutungen und verdeckten Anspielungen, wäre ich gezwungen, bei der Übersetzung (die bei Dr. Tul´s rudimentären Englischkenntnissen eh schon kompliziert genug wäre) zu ergänzen oder zu interpretieren, was u.a. bei dem Thema Paragraf 112/Majestätsbeleidigung mehr als problematisch ist.
I will report Dr. Tul's speech literally. I wrote down his exact words, therefor I am not responsible for any comments or remarks in his speech. In some cases I was not able to undestand his words on our recording and marked these passages with this sign: ...(?) Three or four times I added some words for the better understanding and put them in parenthesis.
Some passages are very hard (or even impossible) to understand for anyone who is not familiar with the topic and the background of his speech.
Interesting links on the aftermath of this panel discussion and the FCCT-boards statement:
The FCCT statement:
The FCCT's Board has come under pressure to condemn the sentence given to Somyot Prukasaemsuk. While we were not unanimous in regards to commenting on particular legal cases, we see Article 112 of the Criminal Code, and the Computer Crimes Act, as constraints to freedom of expression, and oppose the application of these laws in a way that intimidates both local and foreign press to refrain from publishing dissenting political views. The Board is unanimous in this regard.
The FCCT Board
|Dr. Tul Sittisomwong|
|Sukunya Prueksakasemuk with the "Voice of Taksin" magazine published by her husband.|
|Sukunya and Somyot|