The European Union issued a statement on May 20 on the situation in Thailand, expressing concern over the latest developments in which 0the military has imposed martial law all over the country to prevent escalation of violence as solution to the country’s political crisis remains elusive. Denmark, Finland and Sweden are EU members.
“The EU has consistently called for dialogue, a peaceful resolution of the political crisis and respect for democratic principles in Thailand. The priority now is to set a clear timetable for early elections and establish as soon as possible a fully functioning government with democratic legitimacy.
We call upon all parties to exercise restraint and work together in the interest of the country and urge the military to respect international human rights standards, including media freedom.”
Meanwhile, a group of pro-government Thai expats in Sweden demonstrated in front of the Thai Embassy in Stockholm to protest against the martial law and expressed concern over possible military coup. They demanded a general election at an early date as a way out of the long-standing political impasse.
This morning The Swedish Ambassador to Thailand, were sad to inform that the Swedish National Day Reception on the 4th of June will be cancelled. This is due to the current situation in Bangkok.
Hans Melvig, PDRC Denmark spokesperson, commented on the latest development:
“So far, we consider the military intervention as a positive thing. Perhaps they can restore security better than the police were able to. But we are still worried that there won´t be any reforms before the next election. ”