Students submit manifesto

Activist Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul with the document she submitted. (Photo by   Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Activist Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul with the document she submitted. (Photo by   Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Student leaders from the Free Youth Group on Wednesday submitted their 10-point manifesto on reforming the monarchy to a House committee for consideration.

Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, a leader of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, forwarded the 10-point manifesto to Move Forward Party MP Padipat Suntiphada, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Political Development, Mass Communications and Public Participation.

Mr Padipat said the committee had invited four students' groups to a meeting yesterday and listened to their opinions on political issues.

The groups included the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, the Free Youth group and a pro-monarchy group of vocational students.

The committee chairman urged all sides to listen to students' opinions without bias.

"Even though we may not agree with them, we must listen to their reasons with respect," he said.

Ms Panasaya said the group wanted to reform the monarchy and the government should consider their 10 demands.

Meanwhile, two leaders of the Free Youth group -- identified as Ford Thatthep and James Panumas -- were arrested and taken to Samranrat station yesterday on seven charges including sedition.

Police have issued arrest warrants for 15 leaders of an anti-government protest on July 18 at the Democracy Monument. Thirteen of them have been arrested.

In another protest in Bangkok which took place on July 20 in front of the army headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Road, Arnon Nampa, Suwanna Tanlek, Parit Chiwarak and Piyarat Jongthep earlier presented themselves at Nang Loeng station to acknowledge charges they faced.

The charges include sedition, illegally accessing computer system data related to national security, violating the Emergency Decree and Communicable Disease Act and using loudspeakers to promote their cause without permission.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued his most stern warning yet to protesters seeking his resignation.

"If we want to overcome each other politically, the nation will collapse," Prayut said. "If that happens, just wait -- everybody will be on fiery land, engulfed in flames."

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  • bias: an attitude that you have that makes you treat someone or something in a way that is unfair — - อคติ, ลำเอียง, เดียดฉันท์
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • collapse: (of people and business) to fail suddenly; to suddenly be unable to continue or work correctly - ล้ม (ธุรกิจ)
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • engulfed: covered or surrounded by something harmful, in this case, fire - ปกคลุม
  • House (of Representatives): the largest part of Congress in the US, or of the Parliament in Australia and Thailand - สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
  • loudspeaker: a piece of electrical equipment that allows sounds or voices to be heard loudly at a distance - เครื่องกระจายเสียง, ลำโพง
  • manifesto (n): a written statement in which a person or group of people explain their beliefs and say what they will do -
  • resignation: the act of leaving a job, position of power, etc. - การลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • sedition: fighting against the government; rebellion, revolt, revolution, agitation - การปลุกระดมฝูงชนให้ต่อต้านรัฐบาล, การช่วยก่อความไม่สงบ, คำพูดปลุกระดม, การสนับสนุนพวกกบฏ
  • stern: serious and severe - กวดขัน, พิถีพิถัน, เข้มงวด

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