Where is PAD going?

22 03 2011

Prachatai has a fantastic story on People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul and his increasingly bizarre ideas. The story speaks for itself, but a couple of points can be highlighted here.

Chamlong Srimuang (L) and Sondhi Limthongkul (Reuters photo)

Speaking to the PAD rally, Sondhi claimed that the current system of government is “destructive to the country.” PPT can agree with that if it is applied to the manipulated government that has the Democrat Party leading a military-backed regime.

Sondhi, however, means more than this. He means that the whole political system is rotten. His solution is for Thailand “to take a vacation so that dirty stuff could be cleansed.” He specifically points to the support the Democrat Party government ministers received in the recent censure debate. In other words, the “system” is rotten.

This is cynical and dangerous stuff. Is Sondhi prepared for a cleansing such as Pol Pot’s Cambodia? He reckons politicians are all bought and that an “appointed” – i.e. a king’s government, certainly undemocratic –  government should rid the country of “this evil parliamentarian system.”

More Pol Potism or just ultra-nationalist xenophobia when Sondhi says: “Thailand needed to be closed off for 3-5 years, so that an appointed government can reorganize the country and wipe away dirty things, as everything had been ruined, be it the police, military, judiciary, or religion.”

This sounds scary indeed.

Who is good and unspoiled? Well, as one would expect, PAD. Sondhi is quoted: “Without the yellow shirts, he had no idea where Thailand would be right now.” They are “patriotic, must follow the dharma and fight to pay back for the country.” They have great merit….

Sprouting his increasingly vile position, Sondhi states: “Ousting Thaksin, Samak, Somchai and Abhisit is still something petty, incomparable to fighting for the country, because they are worth even less than dog shit…”.

Of course, Sondhi has powerful military supporters and backers: “The following night, retired high ranking officers, including Gen Preecha Iamsuphan, Air Chief Marshal Therdsak Sajjarak, Vice Admiral Pratheep Chuen-arom and Pol Lt Gen Somkiart Phuangsap, who, it was claimed, represented the four armed forces, went on the same stage to discuss the issue of loss of territory. According to ASTV-Manager, they agreed with Sondhi’s idea to ‘close the term for the old generation of politicians for 3-5 years to recover democracy and rescue the country which has been ruined’.”

Who else is supporting PAD and keeping it on the streets?

ACM Therdsak raised the Sondhi assassination bid to claim the Democrat Party was behind it: “… the truth cannot be concealed from the PAD, because we know for sure that it was people in the Abhisit government who ordered the shooting. But the PM is a coward, and conceals the truth to help his cronies to protect his own power…”.

We don’t think Sondhi is plain mad. We think he is steering a course to the extreme right. Where can all of this lead as the far right becomes even more extreme?


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24 03 2011
PAD says “anything but elections”! | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] While the People’s Alliance for Democracy doesn’t have the same large numbers of people mobilized now as it did in 2005 and 2008, it continues to have enough support, including from elements in the military and elite to maintain a presence on the streets and in the media. At present it seems that PAD is again promoting its non-democratic form of conservatism. PPT mentioned Sondhi Limthongkul’s position in a recent post. […]

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[…] backers of the PAD. These latter leaders are also busily denigrating the very idea of elections and elected politicians. Sondhi said: “If the election is allowed to go ahead, we will see a return of beasts from […]

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21 07 2013
Return of the political zombies | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Kuu Chart leaders who joined a news conference at the Royal Turf Club on Saturday included Gen Preecha Iamsuphan [who once wanted to declare war on Cambodia via PAD], a former member of the yellow-shirt […]

12 11 2013
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[…] Prem Tinsulanonda, Chai Suwannaphap;  The ultra-nationalist and PAD supporter and former General, Preecha Iamsuphan, who has been urging illegal actions against Cambodia; the ever-grinning political manipulator, […]

12 11 2013
Running to the king | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Prem Tinsulanonda, Chai Suwannaphap;  The ultra-nationalist and PAD supporter and former General, Preecha Iamsuphan, who has been urging illegal actions against Cambodia; the ever-grinning political manipulator, […]