Academics want strong democracy
Academic networks yesterday issued their first joint statement of encouragement to the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM), calling on the CDRM to withstand the temptations of power and to create a strong democracy for Thailand.
In the joint statement, Academic Networks for Democracy and Chulalongkorn University Network for Ethical Democracy, along with a network of lecturers, students and officials of Srinakharinwirot University, said a coup without bloodshed was preferable to letting democracy move on and end in violence.
The group said it hoped the CDRM would not compromise with the ousted government nor turn Thailand into an authoritarian society. The joint statement comprised four major points.
1) The CDRM should appoint a committee comprising experts from many areas to scrutinise the interim constitution before its promulgation, and restore people's rights to the same level as the 1997 Constitution. Besides forming a neutral and acceptable government quickly, the government and the interim constitution should also remain no longer than six months.
2) The CDRM should formulate measures and policies to prevent people or groups involved with the government under ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from interfering or dominating political reform, and to make Thailand's democracy in the parliamentary system and under constitutional monarchy strong and sustainable.
3) The CDRM should be open to representatives from various groups of people to share opinions in drafting a new constitution.
4) The CDRM should quickly inform foreign countries and Thais living in the provinces the reason for staging the coup so they can understand the problems and damage caused by the Thaksin government.