Suthep Thaugsuban has launched back into politics claiming to support the military dictatorship. Some in the military and the dictatorship are worried.
Suthep is reported to have stated that he and his “foundation” of anti-democrats is not “a political group, even though those involved come from the political arena. It also has no affiliation with the Democrat Party” despite the fact that most of its “members” are former Democrat Party politicians.
Rather he seemed to confirm that these politicians are, well, anti-democrats.
He said “no more rallies, protests or storming into anyone’s offices,” but “vowed to do everything he could to protect the national interest” as defined by his anti-democrats and, most significantly, declared that “he wanted to see the military government accomplish its reform goals before elections are held, no matter how long the process takes.”
While Suthep said “the foundation supported the junta,” he issued a threat or, depending on interpretation, a reminder to the regime.
He declared that “if it [the “foundation”] sees the government is making a wrong move, the foundation would oppose it in an orderly manner…”. Suthep declared: “We will tell the public how and what (the government) is doing and how it differs from what we think. Whether right or wrong, the people will decide…”.
PPT’s interpretation is that the anti-democrats have acted because they fear the junta is being compromised by opposition meaning it cannot properly root out the “Thaksin regime.”
Some in the military will worry that Suthep and the anti-democrats are scheming and that they are “scrutinizing” the regime. At the same time, this is support for the junta and its original mission.
The anti-democrats demand that the military postpone elections until their fascist “reforms” are in place. In other words, the anti-democrats are demanding that the military not make the same mistakes as 2006-7 that allowed the return of Thaksin via elections.