Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thailand: Anti-Coup Mob Turns Violent

May 29, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - For days, a diminutive anti-coup protest of approximately 100-200 people has become increasingly violent in an attempt to provoke police and soldiers near Bangkok's Victory Monument. Their most recent protest included crossing a wide avenue to intentionally confront police and soldiers on the other side who had given them a wide berth to carry on their demonstrations. They began pelting security personnel with objects, striking them, and attacking their vehicles. Security withdrew to avoid escalating the violence, but at least one vehicle was abandoned - after which protesters promptly began vandalizing it.

Carrying objects such as spray paint cans, permanent markers, and large banners to wrap around the military vehicle indicate that the riotous behavior was premeditated. Failing to provoke a violent response from police and soldiers, may lead to attempts by the opposition to employ snipers and gunmen to trigger a bloodbath designed for foreign media consumption.

While the Western media has attempted to portray the protests as "tech savvy flash mobs," in reality it has been the same protest, the same handful of protesters, at the same venue for several days. Foreign journalists at certain points throughout the daily demonstrations, outnumber the mob, and at times appear to be providing a screen through which violent protesters move in and out as they attack police and soldiers.

The foreign media's agenda is to portray all of Thailand as in revolt to the recently executed military coup that has ousted the regime of US-backed billionaire, criminal/fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. In one article by The Australian titled, "Mood darkens for Thais," it actually states:

THE mood in Thailand is darkening as the military regime seizes more and wider authority over citizens’ lives and proceeds on a clearly well-planned purge of Thaksin Shinawatra’s networks of influence.
In other words, The Australian is suggesting that because of 100-200 protesters drawn from Thaksin Shinawatra's supporters at Victory Monument in Bangkok are becoming increasingly violent, the mood of all of Thailand must be "darkening." The same narrative can be seen repeated across the Western media - wholly unsubstantiated, with deferrals to anecdotal tales in place of where documented facts should be.

The downfall of the Shinawatra regime was portended as far back as 2010, when the Asian Foundation released analysis showing faltering support for his political machine and stalwart support nationwide for the military. The report concluded that the military was seen by Thais as "an important independent institution that has helped safeguard and stabilize the country." With this in mind, the diminutive and shrinking mobs of Thaksin Shinawatra's "anti-coup" protesters should be of no surprise.