Democrat Party and the death of democracy

4 12 2011

As several observers have noted, the Democrat Party hardly deserves the name. Its attacks on human rights, freedom of expression, its alignment with the forces of repression in the military, its use of deadly force against political opponents, the jailing of political opponents, and more are evidence enough of the “Democrat” Party’s political extremism.

There is even more evidence of this extremism in the mainstream media in recent days.

At The Nation, the Party’s spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, as well as simply making things up about the current foreign minister, claims that the Democrat Party  “believe[s that] Thaksin [Shinawatra] poses a security threat to the country, so we do not want him to travel freely to foreign countries…”.

PPT well understand that many in the Democrat Party personally hate Thaksin. But a “security threat to the country”? Really? Of course, intrepid Thaksin hunters led by then Minister for hunting Thaksin Foreign Affairs, Kasit Piromya had more than 2 years to solve this “problem,” but didn’t.

All the Democrat Party is doing now is trying to create a link between Thaksin and other “threats” to “national security.” Watch this space as they ramp up this line of argument to try to destabilize the government and mobilize street protests and legal challenges. They have a strong track record of this kind of political insurgency.

Mallika

Meanwhile, at the Bangkok Post, Democrat Party neo-Fascist and deputy spokesperson Mallika Boonmeetrakul is interviewed on her proposals to launch a dragnet against anti-monarchy messages in cyberspace, recruiting spies and even kiddie cyber spys. PPT won’t detail all of the horrid details of Mallika’s warped sense of loyalty, but we note that the Post states: “In the past month, Ms Mallika has won notoriety in her own right for one of the more controversial proposals made by a politician of late. She has created a group called ”the cyber warriors”. Her mission is to fight for ”goodness” and ”justice”. Her crusade is against lese majeste. Her headquarters are the ”Fight Bad Web” Facebook page. Her line of communication is through fightbadweb@gmail.com. Anyone can follow her war tactics at @MallikaBoon on Twitter.”

She has challenged the government to block and ban both YouTube and Facebook. The odious Mallika claims that “We [the cyber spys] are a platform for citizens who do not know where to turn to report lese majeste. We also monitor crime on the internet. Our position is clear. We will fight for the institution and we will do it according to the law. We also monitor and demand the government and the ICT Ministry to do their job to defend the institution. In the past three months, there have been more than 400 clips of people committing lese majeste on Facebook and YouTube.”

This sort of offers a partial explanation of the bizarre reactions of the Yingluck Shinawatra government to lese majeste.

She adds: “The King doesn’t file charges. Therefore the law allows the authorities and the people to protect the institution. The King, the country and the religion is our institution. This is Thailand. The issue is why aren’t the authorities doing their jobs? From the prime minister on down, they must do their jobs vigilantly.” Readers get the picture of an obsessed Democrat Party spokesperson, determined to show the current government is disloyal. It is pathetic but very, very dangerous.

Like many unthinking royalists, Mallika is schizophrenic asked about fair criticism of the monarchy: “Criticism is OK. The law doesn’t go after criticism. It’s a freedom, as long as it’s not too much. But there are too many criticisms in social media. ” Criticism is okay so long as there isn’t too much criticism. Ah, such great minds are at work on lese majeste!

We urge readers to read the full interview in order to better understand the political strategy the Democrat Party and its supporters have devised and released. This is the equivalent of earlier Democrat Party tactics like yelling accusations of disloyalty in theaters.


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