Democrat Party abandons parliament for street politics

20 08 2013

It has been clear for some time that the Democrat Party has been increasingly frustrated by parliamentary politics. They are an electorally unsuccessful party and have decided that parliamentary politics can be abandoned as they seek a return to power via street politics.

Of course, this is learned political behavior, for it was the People’s Alliance for Democracy that was created to bring down the Thaksin Shinawatra government via street demonstrations and, eventually, military coup in 2006. That set of stage-managed events was fully supported by the Democrat Party as it created new political rules – via the junta’s 2007 constitution – that promised the party a chance at government.

Now the Democrat Party has essentially abandoned parliament for the streets again. This time the party is playing the leading role in managing and apparently funding street politics.

Our conclusions are drawn from a series of recent reports in the media.

First, at the Bangkok Post, t is reported that the Democrat Party has opposed meeting to set a parliamentary agenda for constitutional change. A Democrat Party leader said that “the opposition is against the constitutional amendment, claiming efforts are being made to manipulate the Upper House.”

The unDemocrats oppose making the Senate elected. Like pundits in the mainstream media, they prefer the junta spawn of appointed senators rather than elected members of the upper house. Why? Well, simply because the nonDemocrats don’t win elections.

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva concocted a statement that “most opposition MPs agree that the election, rather than the appointment, of senators would serve democratic means.” However, they don’t want the Senate controlled by a pro-Thaksin Shinawatra party and prefer a “neutral” Senate.

There’s more on unDemocrat opposition at The Nation.

Second, at Khaosod, these same “neutral”-loving lot are visiting the “People′s Army Overthrowing Thaksin Regime” at Lumpini Park, praising “the protesters for ‘their contributions to the country’.” Of course they support them for the Democrat Party is more or less sponsoring the protest.

Yellow-shirted Democrat Party members like Kalaya Sophonpanich, Korn Chatikavanij and Kasit Piromya, “brought the protesters some instant food and camping items.” Kalaya promised sponsorship for three days.

She praised the motley crew for “doing their best for the country, religion and the monarchy.”

Korn said “he is willing to stand by the People’s Army.” We recall that he supported the PAD when they engaged in illegal occupations of airports.

As reported at The Nation, these senior nonDemocrats were “given the green light by the party leader to join the street rallies…”. Abhisit argued that “… it’s good if we can support them…”.

He also supported an alliance with PAD and said the two groups “would … discuss the amnesty bill and moves to amend the Constitution…”.

If a party can’t win elections, it should look to itself for reform. The nonDemocrats ignore this and seek extra-parliamentary means to grab power, whether coup or PAD protest.

 


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21 08 2013
Parliament violated (again) | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Yesterday we posted that the inaptly named Democrat Party had abandoned parliamentary politics to concentrate on street politics. It seems that they have now confirmed this abandonment with yet another bout of violence and thuggery within the parliament. […]

21 08 2013
Parliament violated (again) | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Yesterday we posted that the inaptly named Democrat Party had abandoned parliamentary politics to concentrate on street politics. It seems that they have now confirmed this abandonment with yet another bout of violence and thuggery within the parliament. […]

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[…] They have already been doing it, including organizing protests. Again, Korn is making a […]

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