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<div>[UPDATE] After anti-coup protesters pressured military officers and tried to negotiate for the release of a male protester wearing a white T-shirt, the military released the man around 7 p.m. on Saturday. The man was detained for about 15 minutes.&nbsp;</div> <div> </div>
By Students, Faculty, and Alumni of the Australian National University against the coup |
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 22 May 2014, a group of persons who call themselves the National Order Maintenance Council (NOMC) fomented a coup and seized power from the caretaker government. They cited the need to prevent violence arising from political conflict as the primary reasons for their actions. We condemn this action for the following significant reasons:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1. A coup is a reduction of rights and liberties. A coup is a devaluation of the intelligence, dignity, and the political learning process of citizens in a democracy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2. </div>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>One day following Thailand’s 12th military coup since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, 26 scholars of Thai Studies from outside the country, wrote a letter to General Prayuth Chan-ocha, expressing their concern at the coup launched by the National Order Maintenance Council (NOMC). </span></div>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>After a picture of a Thai female reporter standing next to a line of soldiers with an ‘X’ taped over her lips was circulated on the Internet, the reporter was fired by the media company for which she works.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The photo was taken on May 22, shortly after the coup d’etat was announced. </div></div>
<div>The Facebook page of the National Peace and Order Maintenance Council (NPOMC) has been stormed by song requests from Thai Internet users who have been frustrated by Thai nationalist right-wing songs from WWI, WWII and the Cold War era, played repeatedly when all broadcast media were ordered to stop broadcasting. &nbsp;</div> <div> </div>
<div> <div>About 50 people, led by the Assembly for the Defence of Democracy (AFDD), a group of pro-electoral democracy academics, organized an anti-martial law activity on Thursday evening, which suddenly turned into an anti-coup event after learning that the military had seized power at 5 pm on Thursday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Puangthong R. </div></div>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The National Peace and Order Maintenance Council (NPOMC), a special security body led by coup maker Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced several orders early on Friday morning which aim at limiting the freedom of expression and information of Thai citizens.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These measures were added after many TV channels and radio stations were forced to stop broadcasting their own programmes and only relay signals from the army’s TV and radio stations. </div></div>