Academics, activists submit over 26,900 names to request Article 112 amendments-The Nation

June 1, 2012

[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: At least The Nation got the numbers right. We earnestly suggest the signers who did not provide their ID cards do so NOW!]

The Nation: May 29, 2012


Some 300 people led by a group of university academics on Tuesday staged a march to submit a list of 26,968 voters to sponsor a bill to amend Article 112 of the Criminal Code.

The so-called Campaign Committee for Amendment of Article 112 and some 300 red-shirt people gathered at the Royal Plaza at 8.50am then moved to Parliament at 9.40am.

They carried 12 boxes containing signatures of 39,185 people. However, 12,217 of them failed to provide copies of their identification cards, so only 26,968 names are eligible to sponsor a bill to amend Article 112 of the Criminal Code.

The demonstrators were led by historian Charnvit Kasetsiri, Associate Professor Puangthong Pawakharaphan of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science, Professor Dr Nithi Eiewsriwong, an historian, and Associate Professor Dr Worajet Phakhirat, a law lecturer at Thammasat University.

Pheu Thai MP Prasit Chaisrisa came to the rally to express his moral support for the demonstrators.

The demonstrators shouted “Article 112 must be amended” during the march.

They reached the Parliament at 10.10am and their representatives submitted the amendment bill and the names of signatories to the Parliament president. Deputy House Speaker Wisut Chainaroon represented Parliament President Somsak Kiartsuranon in receiving the signatures and the amendment bill.

Wisut said it would take about three to four months to verify the names of the sponsors of the bill.


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