Predicting turmoil and chaos

1 12 2009

The Nation (2 December 2009: “Red shirts expected to cause chaos in January”) reports that the red shirts are going to cause huge chaos and turmoil in January. How do the Nation’s reporters know this? Deputy Prime Minsiter Suthep Thaugsuban told them.

Suthep believes that there will be “small protests can be expected from December 15 to 31 but that big rallies would be “planned after New Year’s Day celebrations to January 21.” With such precise intelligence, his claim that the Peua Thai Party os organizing rallies against the government by trying to “incite hatred before it resorts to parliamentary means to oust the administration…”. He also warned of  “sabotage in public places similar to the incidents in 2006.” That’s bombs, expected until 1 January.

Should anyone believe this stuff? Is there any evidence? None, apparently. Either Suthep is making it up in order to maintain middle class fear and to allow the government to oppose the red shirts via the Internal Security Act, or the “intelligence” agencies are making it up.

It should be noted that rallies by the red shirts, yellow shirts or anyone else, if peaceful, are legal. But the Democrat Party-led government only wants their allies to rally.



2 responses

3 12 2009
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The fear factor « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] In our last post, PTT mentioned a Bangkok Post editorial that raised questions about the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s ratcheting up of alleged threats, saying that these claims are part of “the politics of fear that is taking root in Thai society.” PPT noted the Post’s comments on the claims regarding a team of so-called red shirt terrorists-in-training who will likely turn out to be nothing of the sort and will soon fade from the collective memory apart from the idea that there are trained assassins “out there.” The stirring of fear is a tactic used by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government since it came to power (for very early PPT posts on this see here, here and here). […]

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