The hospital crisis and government PR successes

4 05 2010

The Chulalongkorn Hospital events of recent days have been an unmitigated public relations disaster for the red shirts and a triumph for the government. PPT recommends Thongchai Winichakul’s analysis of the events and their meanings at New Mandala.

We also note the manner in which the events were hyped by the media – look at the initial, calm report in the Bangkok Post. That soon became a “storming” of a hospital by seemingly crazed red shirts. This results in remarkably positive press for the Abhisit Vejjajiva government. PPT also notes the support that medical professionals have provided to PAD and its associated no color/multi-color groups.

In addition to this event, the government has had considerable success in recent days. Its major PR coup was in having all responsibility removed from the state for its role on 10 April. This was a remarkable bit of PR leg work. Being able to confuse the international media and governments by the claim that “terrorists” were involved has seemingly negated all state responsibilites for 25 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Whether there were such people involved should not prevent an independent investigation and should not result in the Abhisit government escaping condemnation for its role in provoking the clash and for the deaths and injuries that resulted. To get “off” has been a remarkable PR victory.

Its second remarkable success has been in isolating the red shirts at Rajaproasong. The huge build-up of security forces around the site and the red shirts response of digging in has effectively cut the red shirts off from their Bangkok support base. One of the major successes for the red shirts was in showing that it had huge support from the working class in the service and manufacturing sector in and around Bangkok. Confining the red shirts eliminates that demonstration of support and allows the government to continue with claims about “terror” and “terrorists.”

While the media and PR battle will continue over the Abhisit “road map,” the government’s recent successes have been significant.


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