Target: Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha
Goal: Stop the militarization of Thailand and urge Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down
At 3 a.m. on May 22, 2014, a broadcast was aired to the entirety of Thailand announcing that the military would take control of the nation. The public lashed back immediately, with protesters entering the streets demanding their rights. On November 17, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is now the prime minister, announced that those who “obstructed” or hindered the government could be sentenced to two years in prison. In defiance, Thai citizens have protested, some even giving the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games. Tell the prime minister of Thailand to step down from office and end martial law.
Thai citizens have longed for democracy and elections in their country, but when change was finally descending upon the nation, the military acted out. Immediately after making his announcement, General Prayut sent his military forces to disperse protesters, ordering all citizens to stay indoors. Many have been detained, interrogated, and threatened. In response to citizens demanding elections, Prayut responded “Don’t ask me to give you democracy and elections. This is not the right time.” When asked when he and his military would step down from power, Prayut stated that the military would hold onto the nation for “as long as was necessary.”
University students in particular have been protesting Prayut’s oppressive control over the country. Five students were arrested by military authorities when they stood during Prayut’s speech wearing t-shirts that read “Don’t Want A Coup.” They were immediately detained and interrogated. It was only due to public outcry that these college students were released without charges. Another student was charged for protesting Prayut’s rule, along with others who uploaded protest pictures onto Facebook. All of the protesters gave the three-finger salute seen in The Hunger Games movies.
Thai citizens have made apparent what they want from their country, but the military continues to oppress them. Sign this petition and demand Prime Minister Prayut step down. Urge him to end martial law and give the people democracy and fair elections.
Dear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha,
For several months you and your military have oppressed Thailand, preventing citizens from speaking out against your totalitarian rule. Those who dare to protest are immediately arrested and sent to military camps. These actions completely disregard human rights, and you are only making the situation in your country worse.
Thai citizens are demanding change. They want democracy and fair elections, not someone who places him- or herself in power because they have an army at their back. I urge you to step down immediately, as the people did not vote you into office. End martial law, and give the people back their right to vote and express themselves.
[Your Name Here]
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