The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 105 million workers in 130 countries of the five continents, express its internationalist solidarity with thousands of protesters who demand democratic and trade unions freedoms and an end to the authoritarian and oppressive monarchist regime in Thailand. The lasting and massive struggle of the people and the working class of Thailand undoubtedly constitutes a fight against the anachronistic and antidemocratic monarchist regime which is depriving the popular strata of the country even of the most fundamental democratic rights.
We condemn the repression and the state violence against the protesters and we denounce the revival of the lèse-majesté law. This authoritarian and anti-democratic law provides that those who will be judged guilty for “defames, insults or threatens the king, queen, heir-apparent or regent” can face up to 15 years on each charge.
The international class-oriented trade union movement supports the fair demands of the people and workers in Thailand and calls upon the trade unions to intensified and extent their struggle for the satisfaction of the contemporary need of the working class.