The queen again

21 04 2010

Wassana Nanuam has a story in the Bangkok Post (21 April 2010) on the Queen’s Guard perspective on 10 April. Of course, they did nothing much at all and got targeted and attacked by red shirts who are claimed to have been well-armed. Disingenuously, one soldier is quoted as saying: “But we never thought of harming the protesters…”. This is all good propaganda value regarding an army that has regularly killed civilians in major crackdowns since 1947.

The telling quote in the article is about the queen. Major General Krissada Duangurai, director of Phramongkutklao Hospital, says that she “visited injured soldiers at the hospital last Thursday and commended them for their efforts to protect the country.”

While we do not support General Chavalit’s call for royal intervention, the claim by many, now including the Bangkok Post in an editorial, that the “appeal for royal intervention is completely inappropriate” because the monarchy is “a revered position which is completely impartial and above politics” is nothing but royalist tripe.

As PPT has said before, it is clear that the palace – a remarkably political institution – wants the red shirts crushed.



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