Nothing to say

16 02 2014

The latest anti-democrat press release is confirmation that the big (and old) shots are working around the protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban. We say this because the Press Statement of 15 February 2014 has nothing to say. It is headlined:

Yingluck, stuck in dead-end, continues to commit inexcusable mistakes

In fact, it is the anti-democrats who seem to have come to a dead-end. No compromise, no talks, dwindling support, and the royalist elite abandoning it.

On the second day of the PDRC’s “Thailand Love Fest” celebration, spokesperson Akanat Promphan stressed that the majority of the public had already rejected the Thaksin regime and caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra, and were ready to advance to initiating reforms before the next elections. Akanat stated that support for the PDRC continued to increase in light of Yingluck’s incompetence as a leader, her inability to resolve the rice pledging failure, and her discriminatory treatment of citizens.

In fact, the majority have no rejected Yingluck. Rather, the evidence is that the “majority of the public” has abandoned Suthep and his aimless call for a return to the past.

Criticized Akanat: “Yingluck and Thaksin’s cronies have pleaded for demonstrators to disperse and let ‘the situation return to normal.’ Their definition of ‘normal’ is skewed. In a truly democratic society, ‘normal’ could never mean allowing an escaped convict to run the country from abroad in flagrant violation of the constitution, using faulty populist politics to manipulate voters and destroy the economy.”

This is the refrain of months and years ago. There is nothing new, and nothing that can mobilize other than the Thaksin Shinawatra haters. Most of the population will not join them in this campaign, no matter what they think of Thaksin’s role in Yingluck’s administration.

“Thais everywhere are sacrificing to move our country forward,” continued Akanat. “They can no longer tolerate unsustainable superficial populist policies that are further demented by corruption such as the rice pledging scheme and water management scheme. However, Yingluck continues to prove that she cannot manage the problems created by her own poorly-developed economic policies. The most productive step that she can take is to resign immediately so the reform process can begin.”

It’s them old populist policy blues again. Like the populist policies of the Democrat Party when they were in power. In fact, several of these policies are about redistribution, and that’s what bothers the dwindling Bangkok middle-class base of the anti-democrats.

Instead of putting the national interest first, Yingluck is using the CMPO (Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order) to maintain “peace and order” perpetuating the Thaksin regime by suppressing demonstrations of other political standpoints and facilitating attacks on them. The most recent examples include the 14 February 2014 shootings at the Criminal Court that ordered the temporary release of PDRC stage leader Sonthiyarn Chuenruethainaitham on bail, and at the residence of Pramon Sutivong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand. Explosives were also reportedly lobbed at PDRC supporters in Rayong province last night, injuring 4 demonstrators.

Well, well, complaining about a rather mild response to ongoing rallies. Perhaps they could look back at murderous attacks on red shirts that Suthep ordered.

“Yingluck’s discriminatory treatment of citizens is inexcusable,” rebuked Akanat. “Now she is even turning against her own supporters. She continues to lie to farmers and claims she will pay an unspecified amount of money next week. This most likely means only certain farmers will be paid. What will Yingluck use as criteria to determine payment priorities? We fully anticipate the discriminatory treatment characteristic of her government and ensuing problems.”

Yes, paying farmers is now going to politicized too.

The anti-democrats have almost nothing left. Violent confrontation may be something the extremists want, but that will only see them lose even more support.

 


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18 02 2014
Anti-democrat shooters again on the attack | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PAD/Dhamma Army/Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand plans are clear. As PPT predicted in a recent post, anti-democrats have almost nothing left. Violent confrontation may be something the extremists […]

18 02 2014
Updated: Anti-democrat shooters again on the attack | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PAD/Dhamma Army/Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand plans are clear. As PPT predicted in a recent post, anti-democrats have almost nothing left. Violent confrontation may be something the extremists […]




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