1932 revolution redux

17 04 2010

Thanong Khanthong at The Nation (17 April 2010) claims that the red shirts are done for: “Though on the surface the red shirts appear to have won the first round last Saturday, they have actually lost out to the images captured on film, showing how they resorted to violence and launched a war of terror to take control over the government.” There might be something in this. But having said this he changes his mind. The red shirts might win and they scary.

Thanong is convinced that the “red shirts are pushing for political change – if not regime change – through violence. Abhisit has already realised that the red shirts’ ultimate aim is an attempt against the country’s most revered institution.” That’s the big excuse for the coming crackdown. He even adds that “we might be witnessing a rebellion akin to the 1932 Revolution.” That’s when the absolute monarchy was overthrown.

But Thanong figures that now the government has woken up to this revolution in the making, they will fight to protect the monarchy. He cites the Thai-language newspaper: “Thai Rath has recently reported that the government is planning to send in troops to quash the red shirts…. In other words, the battle can start any time, as soon as the government can regroup itself.”

It is becoming quite clear that the red shirts are pushing for political change – if not regime change – through violence. Abhisit has already realised that the red shirts’ ultimate aim is an attempt against the country’s most revered institution. He has called the clashes at Khok Wua intersection an act of terrorism.

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