Lies and nonsense

7 12 2013

As anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban announces his “final battle” against the elected government and a “people’s coup,” the propaganda from the protest stage and in the media supportive of anti-democratic governance has again become intense.

The anti-government protesters shout that the Yingluck Shinawatra government is illegitimate because of rampant vote buying. This is what two respected and knowledgeable commentators say:

The claim that the current government has no legitimacy because its success at the polls was due to vote-buying has been shouted from the protest stages time and again. It has also been repeated in recent opinion pieces on these pages and is a regular claim of contributors to this paper’s letters page.

And it’s nonsense. Dangerous nonsense.

They continue:

Recent false claims about vote-buying are a key part of the campaign to undermine electoral democracy. The real problem [PPT: we assume for those doing the undermining] is that more people understand the value of the vote, and are using it in their own interest.

The Nation continues its blatant bias by reporting deaths and injuries as if it is only the anti-government protesters who are in the firing line, ignoring the anti-government attacks on others, including those they believe are red shirts. The Nation’s reporting is essentially peddling the anti-government protester’s propaganda.

As a report at the Bangkok Post explains, three of the five dead were red shirts and probably a fourth. The protest leaders are blind to the deaths of red shirts. Remember it was Suthep who ordered the military to gun down red shirt demonstrators in 2010 and then blamed them for “running in front of bullets.” To accuse Suthep of a lack in humanity is to be too soft on the man.

Finally, we can’t help but point out that Al Jazeera, which is usually very good on its sources, interviewed Panitan Wattanayagorn, neglecting to correctly identify him. As well as pretending to be an “academic” and located at “Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University,” Panitan was an acting spokesman for the Democrat Party government (he was acting so he could keep his position at Chulalongkorn) in 2008-11. He was also part of that government’s cabal  that order the killing of red shirts. Al Jazeera might note a bit of this so that its readers know he is a fraud.


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