Official Statement on the truth about eating sandwiches and reading books in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok
On June 29th, 2014, a displeasure against the U.S.’s comment on political situation in Thailand was expressed in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. The expression of displeasure has caused no arrest but a confirmation from Amnuay Nimmano, acting Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau Chief, that people are allowed to express their feelings and opinions. This is very different from the reaction the police and the army had towards previous events, such as the sandwich eating at Paragon on June 22nd, 2014.
Therefore, on July 1st, 2014, Thai Students Center For Democracy went to the same place the displeasure against the U.S. was expressed to have sandwiches and read books. Our purpose was to insist that all citizens should have an equal freedom of expression.
The TSCD would like to report that the activity was peaceful and successful. None of the member has been arrested or officially summoned.
Although the footpath in front of the the U.S. Embassy is merely a small space in Thailand, we hope that it “could” be the beginning of the people’s freedom of expression. In the end, reconciliation would never happened as long as some people are oppress while others are not.
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