More on PAD and change

24 11 2010

Prachatai has more on the PAD rally, with an estimate of “[h]undreds of supporters” rallying against charter amendments.

It says: “Sondhi Limthongkul demanded a referendum prior to any amendments, while Praphan Koonmee said outright that he wished for a coup today, and without a coup Abhisit would never have become Prime Minister.”

Sondhi stated: “We [PAD] have always insisted that we have no problems with charter amendments, but we ask that a referendum should be held.  Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva himself has said that he would not amend the charter, but, as time passes, he shows that he doesn’t act the way he talks.  He changes his mind and goes for the amendments, without caring for the 14.7 million people who voted for this charter…”.

PPT doesn’t need to defend Abhisit, but to argue that the military referendum was a model for anything and bears any relationship to a democratic process is ludicrous. We also point out that a referendum is not required by the military’s 2007 Constitution, so PAD’s allegiance to the document is politically mediated. Bangkok Pundit has some more details.

Sondhi continued: “The 2007 Constitution has been protected through the great struggles of the people and the loss of their lives.  How can we let a boy who only wishes to cling to the Prime Minister’s chair amend it and harm the country?  If this happens, the country will not survive.  The amendments are only to please the coalition parties.  I even wish that parliamentarians would adopt [red-shirt] Dr Weng Tojirakan’s version of the amendments, so that Prime Minister Abhisit would be branded as someone who harms the monarchy and the people, only to serve his ambition to hold on to power…”.

As we noted in an earlier post, there is little new thinking from PAD and its supporters, just the usual extremist and rightist shibboleths.

Praphan Koonmee “said that if he was Army Chief, he would stage a coup today, and dared anybody to arrest him.” He damned Abhisit: “Those who wish to have a coup wish to see changes to the country, to get rid of bad politicians from the country.  If a coup really happens, you will only run scared with your tail between your legs.  Is it true that you have contacted universities abroad to find a teaching job after you fall from power?… What is wrong if I want a coup?  Without the coup, Abhisit would have still been a new boy.  Without the coup in 2006, Abhisit would never have become PM.  Without the PAD, Abhisit would never have become PM.  How come he talks in such an ungrateful manner to the people?”

For a moment it seems Praphan sounded somewhat red shirt when he attacked the premier as a “fake advocate of democracy, not in touch with the people, still wearing a suit and a tie when visiting flooded areas, and violating the rights and freedoms of the people the most.  The evil of Thaksin Shinawatra with his extra-judicial killings and interference with constitutional independent bodies and so on was a well-known fact, but Abhisit was the only PM who declared the Emergency Decree and sat on it for months to suppress all groups of people…”.

But to show his true yellow radicalism, Praphan demanded Abhisit crack down even harder on red shirts! It seems a “true democrat” would arrest, lock up and hunt and kill red shirts….


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3 12 2010
More PAD criticism of Abhisit | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] from elements within the People’s Alliance for Democracy. PPT has posted on this here, here and here. There has also been government criticism of PAD and its leaders, notably from Deputy […]