Yellow Shirts Demand Thai PM to defy ICJ’s orders

PAD spokesman

Post by: Nausica


People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) members marched to the Thai government house to submit proposals to defy the order of the world court’s orders or International Court of Justice (ICJ) with regard to request for the interpretations of the 1962 judgment on the Phra Viharn Temple case.

About 150 of PADs or commonly known as Yellow Shirts, led by Parnthep Puapongpan, a spokesman of the group arrived at the government house around 9.00 am, Tuesday. They demanded Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to follow the 7 proposals which were formulated in response to an on-going court case between Cambodia and Thailand in The Hague, Netherlands. Otherwise, the group threatened to stage a major rally.

The major ideas of the proposals are to disregard the ICJ’s jurisdiction as they claimed that the world court has no authority over Thailand since Thailand has not accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ for over 50 years.

And the group also urged the government not to follow the court’s provisional measures which was read by the court in July 2011. The court justified its order of a provisional demilitarized zone is to prevent irreparable damage. The Yellow Shirt instead demands the Thai government to remain military and police officers in the area.

The next public hearing scheduled by ICJ on the matter is in April, 2013.

During previous administration of former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva, the tension between the two ASEAN member states brought about several exchanges of fire and resulted in several deaths and relations between two countries reached their lowest in decades.

The Yellow Shirts group is a fierce anti-Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, who was removed in a military coup in 2006. Main members comprise of the elite class and urban people. The group staged several mass rallies against Thaksin. They became infamous when they illegally seized Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports. The shut-down of the airports caused a massive disruption of international flights.

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