More than seven million peoples have signed their names opposing royal pardon petition.
Interior Minister, Mr. Chavarat Charnvirakul and Deputy Interior Minister, Mr. Boonjong Wongtrairat together with the ministry’s staff signed their names to oppose the royal pardon petition for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Mr. Chavarat emphasized to all governors nationwide to explain to the people the right information of royal pardon petition, because the current name collection for the royal pardon petition was unlawful.
Currently more than seven million people from every province excluding Bangkok have signed their names to oppose the move during August 3-13. Meanwhile 8,230 supporters have canceled their names from the supporting list. The first three provinces, with the most people opposing the royal pardon petition and canceling their names, are Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima and Surin.
Chavarat: 6m sign to oppose pardon
More than six million people have signed their names against the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s petition for a royal pardon for Thaksin Shinawatra, Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul said on Thursday.
Mr Chavarat said the government’s target is for 10 million people to sign in opposition to the petition or to withdraw their names from it. All provincial governors had been informed of this.
The minister reiterated that the names of signatories would not be lodged in competition with those gathered by the red-shirts when the file their petition. They were collected solely to protect the royal institution and as an indication of the extent of public rejection of a royal pardon for Thaksin.
He did not think there would be an untoward incidents on Monday, when the UDD plans to submit the petition.
On the same day the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions is to give its ruling in the rubber saplings corruption case in which Newin Chidchob, a supporter of the Bhumjaithai Party, is one of the 44 defendants – former ministers and senior officials in theThaksin government.
Red-shirts are expected to make a show of support for the petition at Sanam Luang on that day.
Mr Chavarat said if he was not busy on Monday he would show up at the court to give support for Mr Newin.
Bangkok Post, 13/08/2009
Boonjong: Over 5 million disagrees with the petition
Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat indicated that over 5 million people had signed their names opposing the attempt to seek a royal pardon for ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Mr. Boonjong also asserted that the Ministry would continually collect the names of people disagreeing with the movement of the pro-Thaksin groups. He said the Ministry’s action was not to compete with the red-shirted movements but only to make the public know how many people disagreed with the petition.
He also voiced no worry over the report that Puea Thai MPs had filed impeachment against him, saying his action was constitutional because he did so in the name of a Thai citizen.
Over 5 mln Thais sign names to oppose pardon petition for Thaksin
Over 5 million people have signed their names to oppose a plan by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to petition for a royal pardon for ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat said here Tuesday.
Boonjoing said the Interior Ministry would continue to take the people’s signature for an indefinite period, the website by Bangkok Post reported.
However, he said the names would not be submitted along with the UDD petition letter since the ministry has only wanted to show how big the opposition is against the UDD movement.
In a related development, the opposition Puea Thai Party filed on Tuesday a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division police against Interior Minister Chavarat Charnveerakul, Boonjong and interior permanent secretary Wichai Srikhwan, accusing them of lese majeste.
But, Boonjong said he is not worried by the complaint as he is performing the duty of the Thai people.
Almost 4 Million Signatures Collected against Royal Pardon for Thaksin
The interior minister reveals that almost four million signatures have been collected against the self-exiled prime minister’s pardon petition so far.
Interior Minister Chaowarat Chanwirakul revealed that almost four million signatures have been collected since August 3 after the government pointed out that the pardon petition attempt by a former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was against article 259-261 of the criminal procedure code and was deemed lese-majeste.
The minister explained that the Interior Ministry has collected almost 400,000 signatures from northern region, over 200,000 from the northeast, about 960,000 from the central region and 300,000 from the south. He added some 7,000 signatures by red-shirts have been removed.
Chaowarat insisted that the ministry did not intend to predict the numbers of anti-Thaksin signatures. Instead, his ministry just wanted officials to establish a right understanding with people upcountry so that everyone abides by the law.
He further stated that the government was set to launch a campaign to establish understanding amongst local villagers nationwide through village headmen, local administration agencies, volunteers and women’s groups.
Chaowarat insisted the counter signature was in line with the decree of pardon petition and the Constitution which stipulates that the government must protect the monarchy and democracy under the monarchy. He stated the ministry’s signature campaign would run until August 17, the same day the red-shirt protesters plan to file the pardon petition.
He added government officials would carry out the next step. As for the Phue Thai Party’s threat to file charges against him for the anti-Thaksin signature campaign, Chaowarat said it was the rights of the opposition party to do so. He has expressed no concern over the movement of Pheu Thai Party