Peace and violence

28 01 2014

For those who have missed The Isaan Record for its notes on what’s happening in the Northeast, PPT notes its return with a couple of posts this month, the latest today. In that post, TIR notes that things are peaceful there, despite a tiny group of anti-democrats protesting.

It adds:

The stark contrast between how the conflict is playing out in Bangkok versus Khon Kaen was illustrated when advance voting on January 26 was either blocked entirely or disrupted at 49 out of 50 polling stations in Bangkok, but completely unimpeded in Khon Kaen and other areas in the northeast.

For the time being, political activity in Khon Kaen, and across much of the Northeast, appears far less confrontational than in Bangkok.

Meanwhile at The Establishment Post:

January 26, 2014 is a day that will go down in history as the day Thailand democracy died. Killed by a fascist-like mob comprising a tiny minority of the country’s population led by former politicians and a supporter base frustrated with their inability to win an election by popular vote.

A minority so intent on seizing power that the destruction, division and damage such actions will cause are of little importance, all means seeming to justify the end.

The article adds that this struggle is a:

knock-down-drag-out fight with no quarter being given and no prisoners being taken. A fight unlike any other before it and one that has the potential to have as great, or perhaps even greater an impact on the kingdom as the events of 1932 when King Prajadhipok, the seventh of the Chakri dynasty kings, ended absolute monarchy rule and granted the nation emancipation.


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