Our Experience Proves Violence Is Not Answer, Thai Govt Tells Egypt

Egypt: Esneh

Egypt: Esneh (Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum)

Thailand has joined the globe in calling for Egypt to stop using violence. Khao Sod reports; Thailand′s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement calling for the Egyptian authorities to exercise restraint and bring a halt to the ongoing violence that has claimed over 500 lives. Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovichakchaikul said in the statement that the Thai government is deeply concerned by the heavy handed crackdown on the supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi. He called for an end to violence from all sides and a peace dialogue so that Egypt can move toward democratic transition.  “From our own experience, the use of violence does not solve any differences,” the statement said.  In 2010, Thailand saw its worst political violence in decades in which more than 90 people have been killed, after the military launched a crackdown on the protests of the Redshirts. Officials at Ministry of Foreign Affairs said there are around 2,100 Thai nationals residing in Egypt, most of them are students living in Cairo. The Ministry said there is no immediate plan to evacuate Thai nationals from Egypt, but it has been cooperating closely with its officials in Cairo for emergency events. Yesterday (15 August), a group of activists also rallied in front of Sorachai building in Bangkok′s Ekkamai Road, where the Egyptian Embassy is housed, to protest the police crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters, Prachatai reports. Ms. Jittra Kongdej, a labour activist who led the protest, told Prachatai that the unrestrained violence against the protesters in Egypt is result of the military coup which deposed Mr. Morsi in July, and demanded that Egypt hold an election as fast as possible.  “Coups only lead to dictatorship,” Ms. Jittra was quoted as saying. She also said the anti-government protesters in Thailand who had been calling for ′Egypt Model′ should learn the lesson from what happened in post-coup Egypt. (Source)

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