Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thailand: Message from Anti-Regime Protesters

"Friends of the Thai people,

In regard to the occurring political situation in Thailand ,we, the people who strongly oppose the entire Thaksin Shinawatra-backed regime, want to see his influence completely washed out from our beloved country.

We have lost trust in the Thai government, a puppet being controlled by the fugitive former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of the current PM Yingluck Shinawatra. With Thaksin's ghost-like presence in Thailand, we will never achieve our goal if his root has not been eradicated.

This has been the largest demonstration in Thailand's history of almost a thousand years, two-times larger than during the 1973 uprising and twenty-times larger than in 2010. Millions of people have gathered at the democratic hear of Bangkok in Rajdamnoen and elsewhere across the country, as they can no longer accept the widespread Thaksin regime.

We can no longer stand the government claiming its victory at elections entitles it to do as it pleases, circumventing the law clearly to the benefit of the Shinawatra family, not the people who voted them into office. This is a dictatorship democracy against the provision of public will.

We can no longer stand to see the media still being under its control, putting the government in a good light. Finally, we canot stand to watch the country being plagued by Yingluck Shinawatra's administration through its disastrous policies and the huge scale of corruption, unprecedented in Thai history.

We, the people, would like to see the Shinawatra family and its collaborators dismissed from Thai politics permanently.

The nationwide uprising in Bangkok and rural provinces, as well as the occupation of government premises and ministries across the country reflect our intention to paralyze the Shinawatra regime. We have always upheld our methods through peaceful means. We strongly oppose any movements of violence and we do not desire the military to intervene.

We hope our friends all around the world will give us your support and bless us all.

From the hearts of the Thai people."

Image: More than merely the words of Thaksin Shinawatra's opponents, he openly declared during the 2011 elections that he was still running the Peua Thai Party now currently in power in Thailand. "Thaksin thinks, Peua Thai does.." reads the campaign poster used to catapult current PM Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of fugitive Thaksin, into power. Not only a display of clear contempt for the rule of law and even commonsense, it is also a display of the banana republic-style nepotism that is the hallmark of the Shinawatra regime. That loyal voters continue voting for Shinawatra despite this obscene criminality illustrates a profound ignorance of both law and meritocratic democracy amongst the electorate. Thaksin Shinawatra's ability to continuously dupe the rural poor into voting for him is shameful, not a mandate.