Propaganda for the anti-democrats

30 01 2014

With two “exclusive interviews” in three days with chief anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban, it is evident that the Bangkok Post has decided to go with outright propaganda for the man they now lovingly call the “kamnan.”

The latest salivating portrayal of their hero has Suthep telling us his life is “like a dream.” Given the murder charges he faces perhaps it is a nightmare.

He admits:

“Before, I was hated by Bangkokians because of the Sor Por Kor 4-01 (สปก 4-01) land reform scheme. Nobody wanted to say ‘hi’ to me when I walked on Bangkok streets. It was a very bitter life.

“I tried to explain to them and they didn’t listen. But today, they don’t care any longer about my past because they see that I’m doing the right thing right now and they’ve decided to join our fight.

This is a reference to the corruption scandal, involving Suthep, that brought down a Democrat Party-led government in the 1990s. Yes, he’s corrupt too.

But now, like a true populist, he says:”I am the vessel of the people, they are my leader, and I do what they command…”.

On funding he says: “there were no capitalists behind the funding of the protest. The funds were from his children and his familiy and everyone knew about it…”. Yes, corruption pays. But no money from capitalists? Is it all from nobles? PPT personally knows several “capitalists” donating oodles of loot to Suthep’s lot. A corrupt, populist liar?

And where does his strength come from?

According to the 64-year-old politician, former prime minister Anand Panyarachun told him that he and the people of Bangkok did not like him at first, but their feelings started to change after learning he had sold his land and gold for this fight.

Yep, the old royalist flunkey is still at it, behind the scenes.

A corrupt, populist, disingenuous royalist? And boosted by the fawning Bangkok Post.


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11 02 2014
Interviewing Anand | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Earlier efforts by Anand on politics that have been this kind of “royalist best outcome” include his 1991 appointment as premier by the coup junta, in 1992 when he was brought back by an arguably extra-legal intervention by the then speaker and king on premier, taking control of the 1997 constitution along with fellow royalist Prawase Wasi, and those two teaming up again for Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government to run reform and reconciliation talkfests. He supported coup-making in 1991, 2006 and apparently also in 2008. He’s recently made statements supportive of the anti-democrats. […]

11 02 2014
Interviewing Anand | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Earlier efforts by Anand on politics that have been this kind of “royalist best outcome” include his 1991 appointment as premier by the coup junta, in 1992 when he was brought back by an arguably extra-legal intervention by the then speaker and king on premier, taking control of the 1997 constitution along with fellow royalist Prawase Wasi, and those two teaming up again for Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government to run reform and reconciliation talkfests. He supported coup-making in 1991, 2006 and apparently also in 2008. He’s recently made statements supportive of the anti-democrats. […]

20 07 2014
“Liberals” do the junta’s work I | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and the ousting of Samak Sundaravej. In 2014 he (repeatedly) supported anti-democrats, including boosting Suthep Thaugsuban. This was in a context where he also rejected Yingluck Shinawatra and here earlier attempts at […]

1 11 2020
Thinking about the ruling class II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and the ousting of Samak Sundaravej. In 2014 he (repeatedly) supported anti-democrats, including boosting Suthep Thaugsuban. This was in a context where he also rejected Yingluck Shinawatra and here earlier attempts at […]