ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday warned the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) not to make any political moves that breach laws, arguing that legitimacy based on rights secured under the constitution cannot be claimed for every action.
The PAD plans to submit its petition to the National Anti-Corruption Commission tomorrow, as part of its efforts to ensure justice for its yellow shirt allies who were the focus of police action in the October 2008 crackdown.
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on Wednesday acquitted Somchai Wongsawat, his deputy Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, then-police chief Pol-General Patcharawat Wongsuwan, and then-Metropolitan police chief Pol-Lt-General Suchart Muenkaew. The four were found not guilty of their involvement in the crackdown, which took place in front of Parliament. Somchai had attempted to enter Parliament to deliver his government’s policies but was blocked by protesters. The incident left two people dead and more than 400 injured.
In response to the court verdict, the PAD on Friday held a press conference to declare its stance. Its key figures make a commitment that the group would explore every legal channel to ensure justice for their comrades. Some political observers remained concerned that the group would resume large street demonstrations.
Prayut said the law is the law, and that permission must first be obtained before making any moves, apparently referring to street protests. The public gathering law remains in place, said Prayut. Street action may violate additional laws and claiming legitimacy based on the constitution is not acceptable, he added.
“It’s not that we shun freedom of expression,” insisted Prayut. “You can hold a gathering, but it should not violate other laws, so people should be made aware about this fact.” The prime minister acknowledged that the constitution secures fundamental rights but added that peace and order also depend on enforcement of relevant laws.
Prayut also urged concerned parties to respect the ruling, saying the best way to deal with the case is working through legal channels.