By Thai Newsroom Reporters
RATSADON GROUP today (Mar.22) launched a fresh democracy campaign called “Vote for Change” in response to the May 14 general election.
In a press conference at Democracy Monument, Ratsadon Group leader Patsaravalee Tanakitvibulpon announced Ratsadon Group is calling on all eligible voters to join in the “Vote for Change” campaign by seeing to it that the nationwide race to parliament will be held in free, transparent and fair fashion and that pro-democracy parties which could possibly get a majority of MPs to set up a post-election government will be practically obliged to meet the group’s resolute goals.
Patsaravalee said Ratsadon Group, mostly consisting of adolescent political activists, has been categorically raising the common objectives toward which the pro-democracy parties may contribute by making “structural changes” to the coup-trigger-happy military and undemocratic bureaucratism as well as reforming the monarchy.
Ratsadon Group called on the pro-democracy parties to steer monarchical reform beginning with the long-awaited amendment to the draconian lese majeste law, better known as Section 112 of the Criminal Code.
The pro-democracy parties were also encouraged to further amend the coup junta-designed constitution of 2017 to make it truly democratic and ultimately put an end to the “tyrannical elite” regime led by caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who rose to power via the 2014 coup.
Meanwhile, Ratsadon Group leader Anon Nampa called on members of the public to plug social division which has apparently prevailed between those who may prefer one pro-democracy party over another.
Without naming names, Anon suggested the people not be so concerned over apparent conflict of standpoints between the Pheu Thai and Move Forward that they might compromise the shared goals of putting an end to the “tyrannical elite” rule so far carried out by the Prayut regime in both the legislative and executive branch.
Ratsadorn Group launching their “Vote for Change” campaign at Democracy Monument today, March 22, 2023. All photos: Thai Rath