PAD dead?

25 08 2013

There has been considerable ink spilled on the People’s Alliance for Democracy leadership saying they will no longer lead rallies. Here’s our take, based in part on a story at The Nation.

The Nation semi-headline says:

Analysts say decision by yellow-shirt leaders to end formal struggle may not weaken anti-govt movement

Our view is that the Friday night collective media statement by a gaggle of PAD leaders, including Sondhi Limthongkul and Chamlong Srimuang, was a challenge to the Democrat Party and the parliamentary and electoral system.

PAD zealots

No surprise there. The PAD push is not about ousting the government – for that “… would only result in a vicious cycle, as the ruling Pheu Thai Party would only be voted back in to power” – but to dump electoral politics based on one person-one vote.

The idea that this “decision means that PAD supporters are now free to join other rallies or movements” is a bit silly as it is PAD supporters who still form the basis of the stumbling, limping movement.

PAD hasn’t ended its role; rather, it is trying to have the parliament look more like it did in 2006, when the anti-Thaksin Shinawatra lot, including the Democrat Party, boycotted an election to make parliament look silly. They want that again and they are demanding that the Democrat Party leadership fall into line (again). For the moment, a couple in the Democrat Party old guard oppose this.

Interestingly, as a kind of footnote, The Nation reports on unelected (military junta spawn) senators as urging the anti-government movement on to overthrow the government.


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30 08 2013
Updated: Rubber, Democrat Party and predictability | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Readers will be pleased to learn from a source other than PPT that the PAD leadership is simply manoeuvring, not […]

30 08 2013
Updated: Rubber, Democrat Party and predictability | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Readers will be pleased to learn from a source other than PPT that the PAD leadership is simply manoeuvring, not […]




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