Further updated: Rallying yellow shirts

14 04 2010

Prachatai (14 April 2010) reports on anti-red shirt demonstrators rallying at the Victory Monument. In fact, these are yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy supporters, led by well-known PAD activists. The roughly 100 people were led by Dr Tul Sitthisomwong of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine. PPT posted on Tul here previously, when he recently organized pink shirts .

This time calling themselves the Alliance of Patriots they “gave support to Abhisit [Vejjajiva], and urged the government to deal with those who caused violence.” As good right-wingers, they  “waved Thai flags, played propaganda songs, and called on silent forces to come out to oppose the red shirts and support the government in not dissolving Parliament. They sang ‘We Fight’, an anti-communist song whose melody was composed by HM the King in 1970s.” They have it all!

They continually urged the government to deal with the protesters and “urged Abhisit not to dissolve the House or resign.” More surprisingly, they attacked army commander General Anupong Paojinda, calling on him to resign.

Prachatai points out that Tul Sitthisomwong was “appointed by the People’s Alliance for Democracy to sit on the Committee of the Strength of Land, the meaning of HM the King’s name, on 24 July 2008, according to a PAD statement (7/2008).” His PAD record, including his racism, is set out in the report.

Update 1: Denis Gray at AP has a different version of this story. He says there were 700 at the rally. He also says that these protesters denied that they were PAD yellow shirts. Pity about the evidence…. The Nation says 400 demonstrators and the Bangkok Post says 800.

Update 2: The miraculous changing color man Tul Sitthisomwong is now claiming to be organizing “no colors” to support the government. The Bangkok Post (15 April 2010) reports that Tul “said the group would gather outside the military camp in a peaceful demonstration of support for the government.” While he rallied 100-800 people, he claimed “his group was made up of thousands of people from all walks of life who disagreed with violence and wanted the government to be more patient in performing its duty to solve the country’s political crisis. Tul said: “We have no colours. We are people who want to see the country stable and return to normalcy as quickly as possible…”.


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15 04 2010
Is the government looking at another battle? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] That reads to PPT like a warning that can be taken to mean a government crackdown is likely. Are Abhisit Vejjajiva and his security supporters really willing to continue to protect themselves to the extent of killing many more people? Perhaps they are, because their more ardent supporters have been demanding it (see here and here). […]




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