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    Posted February 25, 2014 by
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Children fall victim to Thai political conflict

    It seems like a distant memory. Thailand was the talk of beautiful islands, good spicy food and polite culture of hospitality. This does not seem to be so for the past 4 months, ever since the mob, consisting mainly of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and the Democrat Party, dominated some streets of central Bangkok.

    PDRC is on a crusade to simply remove the choices of the majority, that is electoral process, and install an unelected council of "good people" and nearly all most definitely will constitute people who have curried favor with former MP of Surat Thani province, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban.

    PDRC is an offshoot of the oldest right wing political party in Thailand, the Democrats, who have repeatedly failed to win the hearts of the majority for the past few elections. The people have spoken for their choice of a Government but with great fanfare the Democrats and now the PDRC are in the midst of dismantling the Thai institution of governance and civil liberty.

    The people who stand to lose are the children. Their future is stained by the madness that terrorizes within the borders of our country. The aspiration of children, their safety and enshrined rights must be protected but the political violence, threats and mass character assassinations are shaping the thoughts of our children.

    Children are victims of political greed, misguided patriotism and fascist intent. Recent violence against children at PDRC rally sites are not the only incidents. There are many more, from the "Deep South" provinces torn by insurrection to the brutal crackdown of "Red Shirt" protesters in Bangkok of 2010. The neglect to mention the deaths of children in these locations do injustice to their sufferings and memories.

    Bijaya Rajbhandari, the UNICEF Representative in Thailand, said the global organization “condemns the violence that resulted in these tragic and senseless deaths and injuries to children. These incidents underscore the urgent need to keep children out of harm’s way in order to ensure their safety. UNICEF urges the Government, pro- and anti-government protest leaders and all parents to ensure children do not enter protest sites and are kept well away from all protest areas.”

    Mr. Suthep said he will not negotiate with the Caretaker Government on any peace initiative, as reported by the local news today. His statement reaffirms the stand of PDRC to expedite the abolishment of democracy in a confrontational manner.

    Since the anti-government protests began in November, four children have been killed and some 700 hundred people have been injured, according to the local emergency medical services centre.

    Thailand is nothing without our children. Without our future, the country is just a land without soul and filled with terrible memories. Let us not forget that and let us not destroy the hopes of children for peace.
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