Further updated: Double standards (again)

30 11 2013

In a recent post we had this:

Note 4: Readers will no doubt remember the pained complaints of the Abhisit government and its supporters when red shirts were accused of being too pushy, demanding and scary in dealing with the Chulalongkorn hospital in May 2010. There seems – as yet – no such outrage when the Suthep lot turn off water and power at the police headquarters and the Police Hospital next door. The Bangkok Post reports that People’s Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) and the Dharma Army – these are essentially Chamlong’s Srimuang’s yellow shirts – potentially impacting 500 patients. Meanwhile, the hopelessly hopeless National Human Rights Commission managed to shake its biased and hopeless collective head, but suggested that the power cut was not the work of the nice royalist allies demonstrators.

We followed this post on yellow shirt bias in the NHRC and the media – where has the condemnation and outrage been? – with a post of a video link of the cutting of power.

Now there is some evidence of the anti-government protesters hurling projectiles at police as they try to restore power to the Police HQ and hospital (which did have some back-up generators).police hospital

There are also reports of demonstrators targeting the day school attended by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s 11 year-old son and a bomb scare at an after-school facility he attends. Some of these threats to a tiny boy have been justified by Democrat Party spokesperson Mallika Boonmeetrakul. She has a history of histrionic and neo-Fascist outrages.

There are also sporadic reports of serious attacks on red shirts, such as stabbings – again Asia Provocateur is a good source for some of these reports – yet almost none of this is being widely reported in the mainstream or international media.

Attacking childrenKhaosod has reported some of this – see our snip of their story – but has been lambasted by the protesters as a pro-Thaksin newspaper, while not denying the Democrat Party strategy of targeting Yingluck’s son; how could they when Mallika defends this heinous and cowardly stuff.

The Bangkok Post is downright misleading on such events, saying: “Rallies by anti-government protesters have been largely peaceful in the capital…”. That’s a fabrication, as the above indicates, but as the police have not arrested anyone or aggressively confronted any protesters and nor has the Army been sent in, the violence is limited to sporadic and provocative acts by the protesters, egged on by the Democrat Party leadership.

In that report, the Post, as is its bias, lays blame on red shirts and the whole report is of alleged red shirt/pro-government. In an editorial the Post writes: “During the past few days, there have been reports of clashes between supporters of both camps. Although they were only minor scuffles, they have the potential to trigger a much larger confrontation…”. Where is the Post’s reporting of anti-government protester violence? Where is its outrage of an attack on a hospital? In the wash with the management’s yellow shirts and double standards? To be a serious newspaper, the Post needs to be reporting all attacks and intimidation.

The international media needs to take up the challenge of TIME magazine’s headline and show the deeply and dangerously right-wing ideologies and actions that the Democrat Party promotes. Their violence has been seen in 2009, 2010, in parliament and on the streets.

Update 1: It has now been reported at The Nation that Prime Minister Yingluck has “asked protesters not to blow whistles into the face of her son as a symbol of protest against her…. She said the protesters should vent out their anger at her, not at her son…”. Yingluck added: “I won’t run away. I’m still here. Although I am a woman, I won’t run. I dare to face all the incidents.” While the report states that the school principal denies there were attacks of whistle-blowing, and the school’s website is currently down, PPT’s usually reliable sources say the protesters’ cowardly anger shown to an 11 year-old was real but short-lived.

Update 2: Khaosod has a story on Yingluck’s son being harassed and her plea. We finally got to the Harrow School site and the headmaster’s statement. The statement is ambiguous, speaking to “politically motivated attempted security breaches at School.” As far as we can tell, and Khaosod is most detailed, this does not address the issue of events outside the school’s gate or to other parents acting politically, although the latter is acknowledged when the headmaster states: “I request that all parents support the School by ensuring that no politics are brought on Campus.”



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1 12 2013
Violence | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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1 12 2013
Violence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

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