A group of pro-institution activists arrived at the Government House earlier this week, November 25th, to demand the expelling of Amnesty International Thailand from the country.
The representatives have submitted a letter addressing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha, asking the government to investigate the non-governmental organization as its works are likely to affect national security and the royal institution, according to their statement.
This followed Amnesty International’s recent campaign requesting the public to write a million letters worldwide to urge the Thai government to stop the suppression of currently-detained activist Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul who says she is only seeking reform and discussion of Thailand’s highest institution, following a recent Constitution Court ruling on September 10th. The current Thai government claims Panusaya and other protesters want to abolish the institution and see their actions as potential sedition.
The group of pro-government activists, meanwhile, believed that Amnesty International may be involved in the support of individuals or pro-democracy activists who they say commit acts of defamation. Therefore, they strongly urged the Thai government to look into its money tracks, accusing the organization of being funded by western countries wanting to change the Thai Government and intention to probe the NGO with the goal of expelling it from the Kingdom.
The letter was handed to Seksakol Atthawong, Vice Minister of the Prime Ministers Office. He also stated during a public speech that he would support the movement and would propose two approaches; through Thai law and pressure from loyalists to drive the organization away.
He also declared he would resign from his position if he failed to expel the organization.
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