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As verdict looms, campaign launched to prevent dissolution of Future Forward Party

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As verdict looms, campaign launched to prevent dissolution of Future Forward Party

By The Nation

 

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

 

Prominent figures and celebrities have joined a campaign against the dissolution of the Future Forward Party (FWP) ahead of the Constitutional Court verdict on Friday (February 21).

 

Thai politics has been heating up as the charter court will decide the fate of FWP on Friday over its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit lending the party Bt191 million.

 

Both camps -- supporters and rivals of FWP -- have launched political campaigns on www.change.org platform.

 

Charnvit Kasetsiri, an FWP member and former rector of Thammasat University, has launched a campaign against dissolution of the party. Among prominent academics joining the campaign are Seksan Prasertkul, Sulak Sivaraksa, Nidhi Eawsriwong and Gothom Arya.

 

Seksan was a student leader during the October 14, 1973 uprising against the then-military government while Sulak is an outspoken social critic. Nidhi Eawsriwong is a well-known history professor and columnist while Gothom Arya is adviser to Mahidol University’s Institute for Human Rights and Peace.

 

Also joining the campaign are celebrities from the entertainment industry such as Kachapa Tanchareon ( Moddum), a TV show host, and business leaders Banyong Pongpanich and Prida Tiasuwan.

 

The Constitutional Court had dissolved the Thai Raksa Chart Party before the March general election over the party naming a member of the Royal Family as its prime minister candidate. The court has in the past dissolved Thaksin Shinawatra’s Thai Rak Thai and its successor People’s Power Party.

 

Gothom told The Nation on Sunday that there were two reasons behind his signing up for the campaign; first, dissolving a political party is against advancing the cause of democracy, and secondly, law enforcement authorities have applied double standards.

 

“As I understand, countries rarely dissolve any political party since it is a very important issue. Political parties are essential institutions for the development of democracy,” he said.

 

“In Thailand, we have witnessed many political parties being dissolved and such actions have derailed democracy,” he stated.

 

In this specific case, the FWP has been targeted by the Election Commission and others for many legal reasons, but other parties are spared even though they may be involved in many controversial actions, Gotom lamented.

 

“I think law enforcement authorities have applied discriminatory practices against the FWP,” he said.

 

Asked about the risk of landing in trouble for joining the campaign if the judges rule such a campaign is contempt of court, Gothom admitted that he was not keen on this legal aspect.

 

More than 31,000 people had signed up at 7.10pm on Sunday while there is also a campaign to dissolve the FWP for which 2,355 people have already signed up.

 

Many political observers believe that dissolving the FWP will lead to large-scale street protests. The party has strongly supported the young generation and liberal voters, which earned the party 80 MP seats in the House of Representatives after the March general election, making it the third-biggest party in terms of seats in the house.

 

Some have suggested that the court should defer the verdict reading as it is set for just few days before the no-confidence debate in Parliament will take place. They have argued that the timing of the verdict would affect the Parliament debate while others argue people should not put pressure on the court.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382250

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-02-17

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I kind of hope that this dissolution happens.. and becomes the step too far.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

“In Thailand, we have witnessed many political parties being dissolved and such actions have derailed democracy,” he stated.

Hasn't quite sunk in yet that the old Junta are trying to eliminate all opposition yet has it

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Many political observers believe that dissolving the FWP will lead to large-scale street protests.

so why would the authorities do it ? simple,sheer stupidity is why

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29 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

so why would the authorities do it ? simple,sheer stupidity is why

Why, because tanks over-trump protesters, that's why. 

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2 hours ago, Boomer6969 said:

I kind of hope that this dissolution happens.. and becomes the step too far.

Many if not most of those who voted in the past for Thaksin are with great enthusiasm for Thanathorn and his political party.
Languages began to loosen when the Thai understood that the military (but not only them ) wanted by any means to retain power. ( power = money = power )
The ears, the eyes have finally started to open; Thai people, even if their education system is ridiculous and does everything to keep them in the dark,  know now who is the big culprit in this story that has been going on since 1933.
"The step too far", hoping that the apocalyptic scenario of May 2010 does not repeat itself.

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     I think the Constitutional Court are too deep in the pocket of the Junta, as the Junta re-wrote the Constitution, The C.C may be looking for a way out. in order to save face, or their heads.

     We'll soon see.

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Most urban young people appear to support the FFP. From talking to my son's friends in Bangkok in their late teens/early twenties I gather they are less thhan happy with the present government, to say the least.

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