The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles

The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles

The Citizen’s Constitution in The Land of Smiles News, Southeast Asia, Thailand
September 5, 2015

Junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said criticism would be forbidden until a new constitution was in place. A constitution that allegedly would facilitate the return of democracy to Thailand, and increase the power spectrum of the military.

THE JUNTA ARCHITECT. 

The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee has completed its task. Since their appointment last November, the 36 legal experts, many of whom drafted the previous constitutional documents of 1997 and 2007, have been developing the latest charter – a constitution that will alter the power structure of Thai politics by reducing the power of elected officials at the national level.

It is being hailed as a “Citizen’s Constitution”.

– Worries in Thailand over draft constitution before vote

CITIZEN’S CONSTITUTION, WITHOUT THE CITIZEN’S PARTICIPATION.

The junta’s spokesman said that the red shirt’s seminar would cause confusion to the public through the propagation of false information about the draft, which could affect the political road map of the government.

“Recently, [we] found that many members of the UDD expressed opinions on the media. Many times, [we] noticed that they were still trying to create political ideas to malise the NCPO in order to mislead people to perceive the government negatively in a manner which the information was not thoroughly presented,” said Winthai.

Thai junta forbids red shirt to organise seminar on new constitution

ACTIVISTS PROTEST

A Thai activist sticks mock ballots on a statue, displaying his opposition to the junta-endorsed draft constitution.

A Thai activist sticks mock ballots on a statue, displaying his opposition to the junta-endorsed draft constitution. (5 September 2015 at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre) Photo courtesy of Anthraxxxx

Youth activist leader Sirawit Serithiwat waves the mock ballot sheet to activists on the BTS Station.

Youth activist leader Sirawit Serithiwat waves the mock ballot to activists on the BTS Station. (5 September 2015 at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre) Photo courtesy of Anthraxxxx

 

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