Rubber again

18 09 2013

As we noted in an earlier post, PPT doesn’t know much about the current situation with the crowds of fired-up young men claiming to be rubber planters in the south. Earlier we observed that the South is the stronghold of the Democrat Party, Suthep Thaugsuban is a renowned and cashed-up political organizer in the South, and that having a mass protest populated by young toughs seems like a logical political tactic if trying to destabilize and blindside the elected government.

Nothing seems to have changed over the past couple of weeks. We do notice that the protesters are mainly these young men, making their efforts somewhat different from the earlier street protests of red and yellow that were focused on Bangkok.

According to the Bangkok Post, a source at the cabinet meeting said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra “had rejected a suggestion made during the course of the cabinet meeting that the Democrat Party be invited to advise the government on how to best solve the rubber farmers’ problems.”

We are not sure what this could have meant. We recall that the Democrat Party’s previous solution to protests was to censor the media, throw people in jail as “terrorists” and have the Army kill or wound several thousand people. Wisely, “Yingluck said after the cabinet meeting Tuesday that the protests were a local issue and the governor and authorities should still be able to deal with them under the public disaster prevention law.”

She may be wrong, yet her approach seems far better modulated than that of her predecessors. No doubt those in her party with a memory for the 2008 People’s Alliance for Democracy demonstrations will warn her that being “too soft” risks the protests getting out of hand.


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26 12 2013
Anti-democratic violence | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] members of the Democrat Party. Their protesters are now the protest hardened toughs from the “rubber farmer” demonstrations in the south, which were particularly aggressive, the rabid ultra-nationalist/anti-Thaksin activists of groups […]

26 12 2013
Anti-democratic violence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] members of the Democrat Party. Their protesters are now the protest hardened toughs from the “rubber farmer” demonstrations in the south, which were particularly aggressive, the rabid ultra-nationalist/anti-Thaksin activists of groups […]

1 12 2018
Rubbery funds | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] impact of falling prices. Part of the reason for this political position has to do with the support given by planters to the anti-democrats in 2013-14, Some of our earlier posts on support for rubber planters are here, here and […]

1 12 2018
Rubbery funds | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] impact of falling prices. Part of the reason for this political position has to do with the support given by planters to the anti-democrats in 2013-14, Some of our earlier posts on support for rubber planters are here, here and […]




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