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✊🚨 We condemn police brutality at the #StopAPEC2022 Protest!

⚠️ On November 18, a group of protestors, led by the movement Rasadon Stop APEC 2022, were violently dispersed by Crowd Control police while on the way to submit their demands to APEC leaders at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, where the summit was being held.

🌍🇹🇭 Having camped out at Bangkok’s Town Square (Lan Khon Mueang) since November 16, environmental activists, workers’ rights defenders, and community members in the agricultural sector gathered to protest the Thai government’s role in APEC, increasing influence of huge corporations, and the dictatorial regime.

#ClimateJustice 📣 The Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economy model was also heavily criticized during this demonstration. It has been exposed by climate justice groups as a greenwashing tactic and is believed to only contribute to monopolizations and rapid growth of major companies, while leaving local people behind. Therefore, the protesters are putting forward three demands:

1) Prayut must repeal the BCG policy

2) Prayut must step down from the position of the APEC leader, and

3) Prayut must dissolve the parliament and hold an election.

🚔 However, while marching to the APEC venue, the demonstrations were blocked by Crowd Control police through brutal means, such as physical attacks, rubber bullets, and tear gas. The crackdown resulted in the arrests of 25 people, and at least three journalists were injured by officers as part of the attempt to censor their reporting.

➡️ Swipe right to continue reading about yet another aggressive effort to suppress free speech and the right to peaceful assembly by the Thai government!

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings #WeAreJustTransition

✊ Manushya Foundation stands in solidarity with all protesters who speak truth to power in order to demand climate justice, equality, freedom, and democracy. The Thai government must respect and protect our #FreedomOfExpression and #RightTorProtest as enshrined in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Moreover, the Thai government must comply with the UPR recommendations received during Thailand’s 3rd UPR on freedom of expression and on freedom of peaceful assembly!


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