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MP slashes own arm in Parliament to protest treatment of pro-democracy movement

By The Nation

 

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Pheu Thai Party MP Visan Techatirawat slashed himself with a knife in Parliament on Tuesday, in what he said was a protest against the treatment of young pro-democracy activists.

 

Visan cut his left hand and arm three times with a fruit knife during day two of the special debate on the political crisis, explaining later that he did not want the students to have to shed their blood.

 

For the past four months, pro-democracy rallies in Bangkok and other provinces have called for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit, the constitution to be made more democratic, and the monarchy to be reformed.

 

He added that he had been an MP since 1986 but had still not figured out how to solve the political problem and he did not want to see the unrest turn bloody.

 

Other lawmakers reacted with shock and dismay as Visan slashed himself in the chamber.

 

Parliament President Chuan Leekpai called on medical staff to apply first aid, before Visan was taken to hospital for treatment.

 

He later apologised to MPs for the shock caused by his action.

 

He explained he had acted in this way in protest against the crackdown on a on a peaceful rally in Bangkok on October 17, when police fired water cannon filled with chemical irritant at protesters. He said PM Prayut should be listening to protesters’ demands rather than using force against them.

 

He added that he had borrowed the knife from a maid at Parliament and had not told his family about the plan to cut himself.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396880

 

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This is what Thailand really is. If you think he's wrong, you should read the story from earlier this year about the judge who killed himself because of this same issue. What few choices the people ha

Don't worry. It's not a real parliament.  

What a loony, just think this man is there to make decisions that affect the whole country.

20 minutes ago, TooBigToFit said:

This is what Thailand really is. If you think he's wrong, you should read the story from earlier this year about the judge who killed himself because of this same issue. What few choices the people have when in your nation if you speak the truth and want human rights you go to jail.

no ... I think the reason the Judge took his own life was far more complicated than you assume. His actions had nothing to do with the government, it was more about a particular case he was presiding over.  

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38 minutes ago, steven100 said:

and this guy is in Parliament .....  kick him out or get him a job at the hospital. 

Yes he should have used the knife on Uncle Tuu.

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22 minutes ago, polpott said:

Yes he should have used the knife on Uncle Tuu.

I am sure in a calmer moment, you won’t be advocating violence.
 

However, when someone can apparently easily bring a knife into the chamber, it does bring into question security and safety at parliament !

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2 hours ago, steven100 said:

no ... I think the reason the Judge took his own life was far more complicated than you assume. His actions had nothing to do with the government, it was more about a particular case he was presiding over.  

No, I think you are incorrect. If you go back and review the case, it was a defiant act against a corrupt court system that tries to pressure judges to give lenient sentences to those of the elite class.

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