Friday, July 10, 2015
Joint Statement of Thai People Living in the United States of America and Canada - Opposition on the budget to buy 3 Chinese made submarines by Thailand’s military junta, July 10, 2015
Opposition on the budget to buy 3 Chinese made submarines by Thailand’s military junta
Thailand’s military junta, under General Prayuth Chan-ocha, wants to set aside US$1 billion budget to buy 3 Chinese made submarines. We, Thai people who are living in the United States of America, strongly oppose, with the reasons as follow:
1. Current Thai government, under General Prayuth Chan-ocha, was not elected by Thai people, therefore, do not have the right to spend US$1 billion of taxpayers' hard-earned money buying 3 Chinese made submarines.
2. The decision to purchase 3 Chinese made submarines at the same time is a defense strategic important decision and must be opened up to public wide-ranging discussion and examination which the present political atmosphere under dictatorial government of General Prayuth Chan-ocha does not allow.
3. Thai government should concentrate on solving economic and drought problems which are the more important and more urgent problems, at the moment.
The Democracy Loving Thai Association of Illinois, U.S.A.
The Red Thai Association of Canada
July 10, 2015