- Somkeit Pongpaibul
Somkeit Pongpaibul (สมเกียรติ พงษ์ไพบูลย์) was a Professor at
Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. Now, He became a member of the Thai House of Representativesin 2007 from Democrat Party and a leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy, and the co-founder of the Mass Party. Somkeit is an advocate for the poor and a major critic on Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Activism and key works
Somkeit claims to have been investigated three times for organizing protests for poor farmers against government officials and politicians.Fact|date=February 2007 In one interview he mentioned ::"In one investigation, they told me that I was supposed to spend my time in school rather than organizing a rally against the government. I spoke right back 'in their faces' that I have never seen any professors who spend their teaching time hanging out with politicians being investigated.
Somkeit claims to have written many academic papers and provided many academic researches regarding social development and strategy to counter poverty.Fact|date=February 2007 He is also a regular contributor to many newspapers and magazines.Fact|date=February 2007
The People's Alliance for Democracy
In February 2006, Professor Somkeit Pongpaibul was selected to be one of the five leaders of
People's Alliance for Democracy(PAD). Somkeit represented the Thai academic community.
Somkeit Pongpaibul is said to be a charismatic public speaker.
The Mass Party
In May 2006, Somkeit and other PAD leaders established the Mass Party. Somkeit claimed that "Our objective is to campaign against Thaksinomics." The party unconventionally planned not to field MP candidates for the first 5 years, with Somkiat claiming that "If we field MP candidates, we will be trapped in vicious circles of money politics." Other party co-founders included by former
Palang Dharma Partyleader Chaiwat Sinsuwongand the Campaign for Popular Democracy's Pipop Thongchai. [The Nation, " [http://nationmultimedia.com/2006/05/17/headlines/headlines_30004216.php New parties sprouting already] ", 17 May 2006]
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