Violence predicted, again

3 09 2009

It is becoming too predictable.

The red shirts want to protest, the government gets worried, and then tries all means to derail them. The government then claims the red shirts (or a “third hand”) will incite violence. Hence the government has the military jackboot come out to protect its rule. Use the search for our site to see some of these “predictions” of violence.

The Democrat Party-led coalition government has stated that the reds will be violent every time they rally. They were violent in April, but not without some provocation.

As PPT mentioned in an earlier post, the Democrat Party leadership is again threatening to stop the red shirts rallying and predicting violence. The Democrat Party leaders have seen that invoking the ISA is a convenient and effective means of repression.

In an article in The Nation (3 September 2009:  “Sept 19 rally will be peaceful, Jatuporn says”), red shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan has stated that the “red-shirt rally planned for September 19 to mark opposition over the 2006 coup will a one-day event…” adding that the rally peaceful and short.

He criticized the government for their inflammatory predictions and for measures that were excessive.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, however, stirred the pot of fear. While he said he was optimistic that the government could control the rally and asked ” people not to speculate about the rally, saying that would cause undue concern,” he then speculated himself. He “vowed to keep the peace and prevent the crowd from turning unruly, saying he would put every contingency in place, including possible enforcement of the security law.”

Menwhile, Interior Minister Chaovarat Chanweerakul worried about September and October as politically fragile months and “former prime minister Chuan Leekpai said the government should be careful about the red shirts’ protest on September 19, as nobody would forgive them if chaos erupted again like that in Pattaya in April.” Oops, he speculated and not for the first time.

Abhisit’s government continues down the right-wing and repressive road.


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