Noppadon in Washington
“The government should be more accommodating, should be more prepared to talk, should show some sincerity toward reconciliation,” Noppadon Pattama, a former foreign minister, said in an interview yesterday.
Noppadon is advocating for the U.S. to encourage the Thai government to be more open to opposition views and involvement in political reconciliation after deadly protests in May. He said his Facebook page, bank accounts and credit cards have been blocked by the Thai government, and he financed the three-day trip to the U.S. with loans from friends and supporters. (…)
Noppadon came to Washington with a “peace plan” that calls for a new general election “sooner rather than later.” Other criteria include lifting the state of emergency the government has imposed, releasing political detainees, lifting the ban on media outlets that support the opposition and amending the constitution.
“We think the present constitution is very undemocratic because it was put in place by the junta, the coup group,” Noppadon said.