Royalists are worried, again

5 01 2010
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In The Nation (5 January 2010) the continuing worries facing royalists are aired again.

Avudh Panananda admits that while “Thaksin [Shinawatra] and his army of red shirts may insist on loyalty to the King,” the “relentless attacks on [Privy Council President] Prem [Tinsulanonda], whose office in the Privy Council is intrinsic to the country’s revered institution, have sown seed of doubt about the monarchy.” Yes, there is “doubt.”

Indeed, the “proliferation of messages in cyberspace questioning and blaming the monarchy for what people perceive to be setbacks for democracy should be a cause for alarm.” Why should there be alarm? Because if these “attacks” are “allowed to spread unchecked,” they “can and will alter perceptions about the monarchy in the long run.”

The author makes the nonsensical claim that “Prem and the Privy Council have never had any involvement in the unfolding of political events…”. Hopefully the author has read Kavi’s article about using the media to spread lies…. The author admits that “a vast number of people, particularly those in rural areas” have been persuaded that “Prem had a role in the 2006 coup.” Maybe they didn’t need convincing and simply watched Prem orchestrate the coup. After all, he did this very publicly from April 2006.

Shockingly for Avudh, it seems that Prem and the Privy Council are seen “as villains against democracy.” False he says, but “an effective tool to rouse the masses.”

This is a bid to defend Privy Councillor Surayud Chulanont who is the target of the next rally of red shirts, organized by Weng Tojirakarn, who “will lead a march at Khao Yai Thiang, Nakhon Ratchasima, to attack [Surayud] for alleged forest encroachment.”

Actually, it seems pretty clear that Surayud is occupying forest reserve land. This is not uncommon in this area, but what the red shirts say they want to emphasize are the double standards: Surayud has his land but some ordinary villagers have allegedly lost theirs.

The scribe argues that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is “obligated to try to stop, or at least cushion the adverse impacts from this bashing of the Privy Council.” That has actually been Abhisit’s task since Day 1. That’s why there are so many lese majeste and computer crimes allegations and why there is so much censorship. That’s why there is such a plethora of monarchist propaganda.


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6 01 2010
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