The Assembly for the Defence of Democracy (AFDD), established less than 24 hours ago with about 200 to 300 Thai academics, has gotten over 100,000 likes on Facebook. The AFDD has called on anti-government protesters to abandon attempts to push for the establishment of a “fascist” People’s Council and instead express their political view democratically. Kasian Tejapira, core AFDD member and associate professor of history at Thammasat University, said democratic elections are necessary to contain and limit corruption in all countries. He said the PRDC should put its energy into driving reform for all political parties and freeing politicians from the influence of capitalist powers, as opposed to trying to place the country in the hands of the elite and military. “Imposing the values of protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and the PDRC and not recognising the views of ordinary people by replacing their elected government with an elite middle class people’s council would only pave way for eventual bloodshed and violence,” said Mr Kasian.
- Assembly for the Defence of Democracy (asiapacific.anu.edu.au)
- THAILAND ACADEMICS : Statement of the Assembly for the Defense of Democracy (AFDD) (democracyforburma.wordpress.com)
- 34 States have Confirmed They Will Be Attending The Mount Vernon Assembly on Dec. 7th To Establish A Process of Rules for a State-Led Convention (fateiscomin.wordpress.com)
- Thai PM pleads for unity amid protests (theguardian.com)
- Int’l call for democracy in digital age (thedailystar.net)