Vltchek on the Bangkok protests

20 04 2014

Readers might be interested in an article and photo essay at CounterPunch by Andre Vltchek and entitled The Bangkok Protests. This bit caught our attention:

And suddenly I see it! There is this huge poster proclaiming: “THAKSIN-ISM IS COMMUNISM TYRANNY”.

Thaksin commuinstThaksin Shinawatra a Communist? That very business tycoon, a turbo-capitalist, whose only ‘fault’ was that he introduced free medical care (much better than that in the United States), improved education, housed the poor, and aimed at a much more egalitarian society than anything ever seen to date in Southeast Asia?

That was, damn, of course, unacceptable to the Thai elites, military and their foreign handlers, simply because in Thailand it is not just about money, but mainly about the gap that the rulers feel they need to maintain between them and the rest of the people. The rulers of Thailand need people to prostrate in front of them, at their feet….

I went to talk to the people near the posters…. “What is Communism?” I asked…. Nobody seemed to know.

Then a guard approached me: “We think that Communism is… one person who is controlling everything…”

“You mean… the monarch?”

He backed up, in horror.

 

 


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