Two stories in the media give us cause to pause. Here’s one of them.
The first story is at The Nation, and reports failed Democrat Party “leader” Abhisit Vejjajiva. Abhisit is best known for his tenure as premier boosted by military support and a judicial coup in 2008 and his government’s bloody murder of red shirt protesters in 2010.
In his statements following his meeting with US Ambassador Glyn Davies, he acknowledged that the junta’s referendum campaigning is biased. But he also appeared dumb and uninformed.
He’s reported as stating two rather dumb things. The first is that the US “will not interfere in the August 7 referendum since it is Thailand’s internal affair…”. Yet he then quotes Davies as saying “public participation was needed ahead of the referendum…”.
His second statement is bizarre as he “praised” The Dictator and self-appointed military Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha for “allowing the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship to set up an anti-fraud centre for the referendum as long as it did not break any laws.”
Is Abhisit a politician not watching any news and not reading newspapers? The UDD is being harassed and repressed.