According to the Telegraph, “Protesters ‘rule streets of Bangkok’ as army fails to act .”
As night fell, the army had been mobilised and hospitals placed on standby for casualties, but no offensive against the demonstrators had yet begun.
For the last two weeks, protests demanding the resignation of Abhisit Vejjajiva, the British-born and Oxford-educated prime minsiter, have swept the capital.
The first clashes on Sunday took place at the interior ministry while Mr Abhisit was inside the building, formally declaring the state of emergency. Angry protesters – who wear red to show their anti-government credentials – attacked a Mercedes limousine with stones, bricks, paving slabs and flower pots, wrongly believing that Mr Abhisit was inside. Trapped, the armoured vehicle could only take this punishment, which abated when the crowd discovered that the prime minister was not in the passenger seat.
Seems like evidence of a popular uprising, no?
That would be NO.
The current governing coalition was formed early this year, not because of the yellow shirted “People’s Alliance for Democracy” airport occupation (although they certainly claimed credit), but due to the final verdict of a longstanding legal prosecution on illegal campaign activities by Thaksin’s proxy party. Thaksin’s puppets resigned, and minor parties as well as a good part of the puppet party supported the Democrats to form the new government, with Khun Abhisit as prime minister.
There is nothing undemocratic about any of that. The red protesters who carry signs accusing Abhisit of being a “dictator”, a “supporter of terrorists” and a “killer” just simply don’t have a clue about democratic systems (or the meaning of words). They were paid to come to Bangkok, and now Pattaya, to carry out this disruption (I’ve been informed by someone who would know, that they each got 1000 baht per day – about $30 US). You have only one guess as to where that money came from.
If your answer involves a certain formerly richest Thai-Chinese tycoon in the country with the initials TS, you win tonight’s star prize. The entire Norwich City Council! [But, I’ve already got one!]
Moreover, Agam has a video posted at the bottom of that post which shows the reactions of bystanders to an attempt by the red-shirted goon squads to close a street and stop traffic. It’s rather amusing to watch. It is rather obvious that the thugs are very much not wanted by the average citizens of Bangkok.
Or, as they shout: MAI OW! and AWK BAI!
I’ll send you over to Agam’s place to see the video and read his description of what is really going on over in Thailand right now.