Democrat Party at Rajaprasong

23 06 2011

PPT went to see the Democrat Party’s much-hyped “rally” at Rajaprasong. All we can report is that it was a fizzer.

We arrived right on time as those on stage gave their rendition of the national anthem in drizzling rain. The rain cleared up and Suthep Thaugsuban stepped onto the stage to deliver his promised revelations.

At this point we reckon there were between 3000 and 5000 present, and we are being generous, “counting” the 500 cops (including snipers on roofs nearby) and interested shoppers. The number might have gone up by a thousand or so by 8.30 p.m. The audience was spread out over about half of the plaza area in front of Central World, most of them under cover. PPT expected that the Democrat Party could have mustered far more than this.

Back to Suthep and his purported revelations. None as far as we could tell. He spent too much of his time preaching about Thaksin Shinawatra to the already anti-Thaksin. His discussion of new information was nothing other than a few YouTube videos, not even edited into a presentation, that most interested people would have already seen.

That he claimed that every single person killed on 10 April was shot by Black Shirts in the pay of Thaksin is hardly new. One claim we hadn’t heard previously, although it fits with the long-standing claim that the authorities killed not a single person, was the bizarre claim that Jatuporn Promphan had Seh Daeng killed. He even says he has no evidence for this brazen assertion. And, as Abhisit has said several times, Suthep declared that no-one died at the Rajaprasong Intersection. They are being geographically specific in this claim and morally reprehensible. All in all, Suthep was boring and said nothing new.

Abhisit whined about Thaksin and his “brush with death: at the hands on red shirts at the Ministry of Interior back in April 2009. He claimed this gave him the right to “phuut mak.” Abhisit’s performance mirrored Suthep’s in that there was nothing new. At the same time, Abhisit is showing the pressure and becoming increasingly self-centered in his approach, repeatedly calling the opportunity to lead for another four years.

Among the notable differences between the Democrat Party “rally” and those by the red shirts was the lack of shared emotion, the lack of entrepreneurialism in the area (not a trader in sight) and the lack of any atmosphere.

At least the rumors of a third hand were false. Then again, the crowd was small and there was little opportunity for mischief.

We are not surprised that the Bangkok Post’s claim that there were 17,000 in attendance. If we accept that, then we need to revise earlier estimates of the red shirt rallies in March-May 2010 up to about 750,000. Nor are we surprised that several television stations spent several hours repeating all of Suthep’s and Abhisit’s statements, even if they are repetition of a government line since the events of 2010. The bias is pretty easily seen, again.


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