The so-called People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has been issuing statements each day that frankly are reminiscent of the propaganda seen from absolutist regimes: some truth, plenty of half-truths and several outright lies.
About the time of a new statement, an emailed invitation was issued to the foreign press to:
accompany the Thai people in the Peace [sic.] March from the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road to the Government House.
Transportation will be provided. Please assemble at [yep, they left out the location]
Please contact K Joy … or K Visoot … for details and/or reply to this email to confirm attendance.
Why? The foreign media is at these “events” anyway, so why “accompany the Peace [sic.] March? Anyway, wasn’t this a march to bring down the elected government? When did it become a Peace [sic.] March? If the leadership fears violence from the authorities, are they looking for witnesses or “media human shields”? Or are they intent of violence and putting the media in danger? Recall that a spokesman claimed it was a final battle and would not be a picnic!
In the PDRC’s 6th statement, issued today, they revise their own short history thus:
Rejecting the divisive, color-coded politics of recent years, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) was established comprising leaders from various organizations participating in the Civil Movement for Democracy (CMD), a broad-based people’s movement committed to rooting out Thaksin’s regime to build an inclusive Thai society based upon sustainable democratic principles.
Suthep Thaugsuban is now said to be “Secretary-General of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).”
Astrologers hard at work, Suthep has called on “all Thais to join in on a Peace [sic.] March to Government House tomorrow morning (Monday December 9, 2013), beginning at 09:39 AM…”.
We still aren’t sure how a “final call on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawattra [sic.] to relinquish power to the Thai People [sic.]” is a Peace [sic.] March.
In revising history, and manufacturing horse manure by the ton, Suthep:
… estimated 500,000 Thais joined the Civil Movement for Democracy (CMD)’s special event to celebrate the King’s Birthday, a day in which all Thais join together to pay tribute to their Beloved King.
No one, not even a true believer, would see this as anything other than the lies of a propagandist. More of this manufacturing is done when claims of attacks are exaggerated. Yes there were some attacks, but the rest of the story is, as far as we can ascertain, a fairy tale.
Perhaps the best bit of horse manure is a remanufacture of the claims about “random violence against peaceful protesters” at Ramkhamhaeng University. Now, ignoring the fact that the deaths were mainly to red shirts, there are Democrat Party-like claims that the students were peaceful and attacked by “Red Shirt demonstrators and armed Black shirt militia…”. Later they are called “armed vigilantes.”
Note to PDRC propagandists: it was your guys wearing black. They attacked red shirts. There were shots, there were injuries, but the “students” were neither innocent nor peaceful. Red shirts were killed and injured too.
Tellingly, it is clear that the PDRC has little evidence to back its claims for:
Akanat Phromphan, PDRC Spokesman called on the international media community to help gather evidence surrounding the 3 incidents, in addition to the use of live rounds against protesters on 3rd of December.
The spokesman also issued a warning to the diplomatic community:
[He] also expressed concern regarding the Minister of Foreign Affair’s plan to invite Ambassadors to Government House tomorrow morning, stating that it may adversely effect the international community’s impartiality in the eyes of the Thai people.
Some truth, plenty of half-truths and several outright lies is propaganda.
Update 1: A reader points out that the invitation to journalists may have been a response to the government’s invitation to diplomats to observe security measures.
Update 2: The Democrat Party has ordered all its members of parliament to resign. Readers may recall that this was the People’s Alliance for Democracy demand several weeks ago, which was rejected by the party. Now it seems, desperate for numbers tomorrow, the party has bowed to PAD’s demands.
Update 3: Related to the Democrat Party kowtowing to PAD and resigning, it is revealingly that The Nation feels the need to make a story with this headline: “Democrat MPs’ resignation catches international attention.” This is followed by this: “Democrat MP’s announcement of their mass resignation has caught foreign attention, with reports by at least 3 international news agencies – BBC News, Al Jazeera, and Singapore’s asiaone.” The latter always runs stories from The Nation, like a subsidiary, so that means “at least 2.” But really, is this the level of knowledge of the media at The Nation, to make a story of the absolutely normal? But, hey, this is a propaganda war, right guys?