Mellow yellow?

12 03 2012

Yes, we pinched the headline from a similar one at the Bangkok Post, but it seems to be a theme that has circulated in the media on the yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy’s recent rally-assembly for the 2000-3000 faithful.

PPT was working on a post on the media’s rush to welcome PAD’s apparent decision to abandon street rallies. This position has been expressed also at several political blogs around the place. However, Asian Correspondent has a post that does much of what were were doing, so we can point readers to that discussion.

We like the headline there, where PAD is said to have “abandoned street protests … for now.” The emphasis for us is on the last two words. PPT does not think PAD is finished. PAD is an anti-Thaksin alliance, and that alliance now evidences several different groups that work in coordinated ways – no colors/ multicolors/ Siam Samakkhi/ Green politics and so on.

These royalist groups have a common cause – anti-Thaksinism through the lens of “protecting the monarchy.” The only thing missing for their political mobilization is a motivation for political motivation at this moment. Hence, PAD makes it clear that they awaits a threat – of Thaksin returning or constitutional change that they can interpret as impacting the monarchy.

PAD’s  leader in Sondhi Limthongkul may be facing jail and he might be broke (or might not be), but the alliance is not without others who can step up when required.

We think the yellow shirts certainly have more life in them yet. Writing them off now, as much of the media has done, is to miss that PAD and its allies are political activists with considerable experience and they are not short of strategists who can identify when mobilization makes political sense.


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20 03 2012
On Sondhi « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] of PAD” arguments that are going around, not least in Puea Thai Party circles. A few days ago PPT commented that such celebration might not be politically […]

20 03 2012
On Sondhi « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] of PAD” arguments that are going around, not least in Puea Thai Party circles. A few days ago PPT commented that such celebration might not be politically […]




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