Pongpisit Kongsena, alias Lek Bandon, leader of the People’s Power Alliance, spoke through a loudspeaker, charging the NHRC members with tarnishing the commission’s reputation for its latest report on the political rally by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on March 12-May 19, 2010.
He said the NHRC’s report was in favour of then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban who were “shielded” from offences despite their violations of human rights.
They said the NHRC was obliged to protect the people’s rights but its members failed to fulfill their duties.
In a sarcastic gesture, they handed over a batch of resignation letters and applications as members of the Democrat Party to the NHRC members. Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep are Democrat MPs.
Kanchai Kongsaneh, NHRC deputy secretary general, received the protesters’ letter and promised to forward it to the commission.
The protesters gave the NHRC 15 days to announce their resignations and threatened to take “the next step” if the commissioners insist on staying in power. They did not elaborate.
The protesters finally dispersed without any violence.