PAD here being the People’s Alliance for Democracy . . splutter, cough! . . . and not fried noodles.
News this morning that the claret is starting to flow on the streets of Bangkok, with at least 4 protesters dead and 22 injured after pro-Samak protestors clashed with PAD.
Great article by a very credible Thai academic.
The anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is going for the jugular. Now in its fourth week of street protests, PAD laid siege to Government House over the weekend, declaring victory but refusing to go home.
It now intends to prevent the People Power party-led government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej from returning to its seat of power, as if such an act is sufficient for government resignation en masse… . .
. . . PAD is now hijacking Thai democracy in the same fashion that Mr Thaksin’s authoritarian tendencies and political party machine monopolised it. The extremist movement tolerates no dissent. It is either PAD’s way or the wrong way, which ranges from pro-Thaksin accusations and lack of loyalty to the throne to questions of patriotism.
To be sure, PAD is in a hurry to topple the Samak government because street demonstrations are expensive and at risk of exhaustion. If PAD cannot quickly force the issue and seal the game by pressuring Mr Samak to resign or by inviting outside intervention, it risks fizzling out.
For the government’s part, Mr Samak and his key lieutenants have been just as belligerent and defiant in return, fanning PAD’s flames. The brinkmanship game between PAD and the Samak government has now reached a crescendo. Something will soon have to give. [/quote]
Christ what a shitshow. Clearly the forces opposed to democracy are just too powerful in Thailand, where the political system is nothing more than a relic of the falling dominoes of the Vietnam era. They need to get the army and the old elites off the political stage, but there’s little hope of that, unfortunately.