BANGKOK CALLING : Cross Country Mass Rally 22th./19-20 เดินซ้อมชวนคนกทม.ออกมาไล่. 21 พัก 22 ดีเดย์ไล่ทั้งประเทศ

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Suthep Thaugsuban: I salute you, my fellow patriots, for joining us in this movement – our ultimate battle against injustice! Thank you and good night!

Suthep (20:41): Red-shirted countrymen, we invite you again to join us. Your voices will be heard and your interests represented faithfully after our reform. We welcome you!

Here’s our route tomorrow.!!!  19.DEC.We hope the “free TV” channels will broadcast our march to victory!

The DSI has called us in for an investigative interview – an attempt to disrupt our work here. I told him: we’re too busy rescuing our nation. We’ll be there after we win.

On 22nd Dec. we start at 1 pm. Join us here at Rajdamnoen. We’ll have screens set up at Urupong, Petchburi, and Victory Monument all the way through Rajthevi, Pathumwan junction, Sam Yan, and Lumpini Park. For our Sukhumvit friends, we”ll have screens set up at Pathumwan junction in front of Siam Paragon, and at Rachprasong Junction in front of Central World. Join us wherever you are! I’ll come see you!

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SUTHEB : My brothers and sisters, it’s time to move! Let’s warm-up on the 19th and 20th to gear up for our historic rally on the 22nd. It’s time for you to go, Yingluck! We’re not leaving until you do!
SUNDAY 22 DEC is the day when all will rally to officially oust Yingluck Shinawatra from the prime minister’s post 
Foreign diplomats will be invited to observe first-hand the anti-government demonstration at the Democracy Monument tomorrow, a leading protester said today.
Akanat Promphan, spokesman of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said the group has never contemplated occupying foreign embassies in Bangkok but would rather enhance relationships with them.
 
He called on the Thai people to wait for a signal from protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on another round of massive demonstrations to press for a national reform before the general election is held. The snap poll is set for February 2.
Mr Akanat said several countries have better understanding on the PDRC’s principles and its determination to reform Thailand following the group’s clarifications to the foreign media.
Mr Akanat said the Defence Ministry has yet to understand the PDRC’s principles of adhering to the Constitution and democratic system but the group insisted on a national reform before the next general election is held.
If not, the country will remain chaotic and the vicious cycle will return, he said, calling on Permanent Secretary for Defence Nipat Thonglek to show responsibility for tarnishing the military’s reputation and giving a contradictory opinion from the supreme commander who emphasised neutrality.

UNHCR calls for open borders as the Rohingya flee on boats Briefing Notes, 13 November 2012-yes take them,please

Briefing Notes, 13 November 2012

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 13 November 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is seriously concerned at recent boat tragedies in the Bay of Bengal involving people fleeing feeling insecurity and violence in Myanmar. We are calling on countries in the region to strengthen burden-sharing in the face of this growing humanitarian emergency.

In the last two weeks, there have been reports of two boats sinking in the Bay of Bengal with an estimated 240 people, among them Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state. UNHCR cannot confirm the figures as we have no presence near the wreck sites, but available information is that more than 40 people have been rescued from the two boats. There were reports of bodies seen floating in the water.

These two incidents mark an alarming start to the traditional sailing season in the Bay of Bengal, when a mix of asylum seekers and irregular migrants risk their lives on fishing boats in the hope of finding safety and a better life in South-East Asia. An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people left from the Bay of Bengal during the previous sailing season from October 2011 to March 2012. There are fears many more could follow in the coming weeks, driven by desperation and hopelessness.

UNHCR is urging the government of Myanmar to take urgent action to address some of the main push-factors especially issues connected with the problem of citizenship and statelessness in relation to the Rohingyas. The already precarious situation in Rakhine state was exacerbated in June and most recently again in October this year when inter-communal violence broke out, killing dozens of people, destroying thousands of homes and displacing more than 110,000 people.

A fragile calm has returned but tensions remain high. In addition to providing urgent humanitarian assistance to both affected communities, the root causes need to be resolved for the Rohingyas so that they can lead normal lives where they are.

In the meantime, UNHCR is calling on governments in the region to keep their borders open to people seeking asylum and international protection from Myanmar. We stand ready to support states in assisting and protecting these individuals.

UNHCR is alarmed by reports of countries either pushing back boats from their shores or helping them on to another country. We are appealing to these governments to uphold their long tradition of providing humanitarian aid to refugees instead of shifting the responsibility to another state.

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