People’s Alliance for Democracy coordinator Suriyasai Katasila spoke out earlier this week against the charges posed against thirty six PAD leaders. The leaders have been charged with terrorism for blockading Bangkok’s Don Mueng and Suvarnabhumi airports late last year.
However, in a public address, Suriyasai Katasila announced that the charges were inflated and groundless, likening the situation to a previous case where when nine PAD leaders were charged with treason. The charge was later removed by the Appeals Court as it was felt that it could not be supported.
“The blockades of the two airports were not intended to create unrest but an exercise of the right to peaceful assembly under the constitution to oppose the then government which was illegitimate. We did no damage to property of the airports. Moreover, we were attacked with M79 grenades several times but police have not been able to arrest any suspect,” Mr Suriyasai was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.
The PAD coordinator also added that crimes committed by protestors from opposing group the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship when they forced the termination of the Asean Summit in Pattaya and attempted to take the prime minister’s life at the Interior Ministry were much more severe.