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Govt slammed for double standards, inciting violence to snare protest leaders


Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, a Kao Klai (Move Forward) Party MP, has called out the government for its double standards in dealing with different groups of people and accused it of worsening the situation by launching “lawfare” against those fighting for democracy.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had announced that “all laws and all articles” will be used against protesters. Protest leaders have since been charged with violating the draconian lese majeste law, which carries a 15-year jail sentence.

Wiroj said the government is applying violence and stringent measures against peaceful protesters claiming they do not follow the law.

He also said intelligence reports say that some people had been recruited to spark conflicts between two sides, and slammed the government for not accepting the fact that its existence is the cause of the problem.

The Kao Klai Party is calling on the government to truly follow international standards and drop this lawfare against protesters, adding that its double standards will only exacerbate the situation.

Wiroj said the party wants to understand the government’s method of dealing with the protesters, adding that its main goal is not to inspect the government because people in the country have already inspected and judged them.

After the anti-establishment protesters ended their rally outside

Siam Commercial Bank headquarters at 9.17pm on Wednesday, about an hour later an explosion occurred and gunshots were heard near the rally site. Erawan Emergency Medical Centre reported at 11.10pm that a man had been shot and was rushed to hospital.

Published : November 26, 2020

By : The Nation