SDP to Thai Govt: Stop the killings

May 17, 2010
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Singapore Democrats

The SDP has called on the Thai Government to cease the shootings of unarmed protesters in Bangkok. Violence in this situation will not solve the political impasse.

SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan wrote to Thai Prime Minister and Leader of the Democrat Party Abhisit Vejjajiva to stop the bloodshed. The Democrat Party is a founding member of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), of which the SDP is a member.

17 May 2010

Abhisit Vejajiva
Prime Minister
Thailand
and
Leader
Democrat Party

Dear Mr Prime Minister,

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) calls on the Thai Government to cease the shooting of protesters. Violence will not solve the political impasse.

As members of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, our parties have pledged to uphold democratic principles and human rights. The killing of unarmed protesters runs against the basic tenet of democracy.

While we note that your administration has shown restraint in the last several weeks during negotiations and that the Red-shirts camp has demonstrated intransigence in helping to find a compromise to resolve the political impasse, shooting unarmed protesters is not the answer.

The SDP has received word that the Red-shirts are willing to return to negotiations. We urge you to seize the opportunity and resume dialogue with the protesters to find a peaceful solution.

Sincerely,

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party