Support Petition to Chotisak and his friend
On the case of being charged with Lese Majeste for expressing
freedom of expression by sitting down during Royal Anthem
This is relating to the incident which Mr. Chotisak Oonsoong and his friend was harassed and charge under the article 112 of the criminal code regarding lese majeste. The article says anyone insults or expresses vengeance to the King, the Queen, the crown prince and princesses will be persecuted with three to fifteen years imprisonment. This is after the express their freedom of expression by sitting during the Royal Anthem, which happened on 20 September 2007.
On 5 April 2008, the related police department informed them of being charged of the lese majeste law and appoints them to listen to the charge on Tuesday 22 April 2008 at 1.30 pm at Pathumwan Precinct.
We, the undersigned, would like to express regarding this case:
1. We fully support Mr. Chotisak and his friend to fight this case until the end.
2. We disagree with the use of lese majeste law to prohibit the individuals freedom of expression, as if they are criminals as is happening now.
3. We disagree with the use of violence and harassment on those with different thoughts/ political ideologies, not matter what they think. The beauty of democracy is that people can have the rights to think differently, which should be respected and preserved.
Those do not stand are not criminals. Thinking differently is not a crime.