Abhisit and PAD

4 11 2010

PPT has longed pointed to the mutually supportive links between the Abhisit Vejjajiva government and the People’s Alliance for Democracy. While there have been the odd little tensions, the fact is that the Democrat Party pretty much owes its control of government to PAD’s willingness to rally for months. And when the political going gets tough, the yellow/pink/multi-color shirts have always come to its aid.

The problem for the Abhisit government is that the yellow shirts are ultra-nationalists and are unpredictable. Hence, it is no surprise seeing a little more argy-bargy over the Cambodian border. However, Abhisit always takes such actions personally. So it is no surprise to see the police suddenly make a move on charges against the PAD leadership from 2008.

For both sides, this is potentially troublesome and could get out of hand. The elite that backs Abhisit is also a factor in this. Like Thaksin Shinawatra,PAD’s  Sonthi Limthongkul has the capacity to mobilize crowds. That makes him a possible threat.

 


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