Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thailand: Regime Leader Responsible for Protest Deaths

Op-Ed in Bangkok Post sums the sad reality of Thailand's current regime and its puppet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

December 2, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) - In a particularly cogent op-ed titled, "Yingluck can't duck responsibility for protest fatalities," former editor Veera Prateepchaikul sums up perfectly the state of illegitimacy within which the current regime in Thailand resides.

He begins by describing Yingluck Shinawatra, current prime minister and sister of deposed US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra, as aloft and absent. During the rare occasion she does attend any sort of government function, she appears lost and confused, and often bluntly states she does not know the answers to questions any other national leader would be embarrassed not to answer. This illustrates her role as placeholder for her brother, not the "democratically elected leader" she is portrayed as being by the Western media.

Veera states:
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is infamous for skipping responsibility and for remaining aloof from state affairs that she is supposed to be in charge of. Hence, it is not surprising that she rarely showed up at parliament to attend meetings.

Hence, it is not surprising that she rarely showed up at parliament to attend meetings.

And when she actually attended a parliamentary meeting, she rarely took to the floor to speak as the Pheu Thai MPs would do the talking in her defence, or on her behalf. 
Regarding the recent violence carried out by black-clad regime gunmen on a university campus where students had begun protesting against the regime's disruptive week-long rally in a nearby stadium, Veera points out that the so-called pro-regime "red shirts" are in fact the regime, not a separate grassroots movement. Veera notes how the regime bused these supporters in with police escorts and were there with the expressed purpose of defending the ruling regime and most important of all, how members of the ruling regime, including current ministers, took to the stage to address supporters:
Pheu Thai and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or the red-shirt movement, are like a two-headed snake. The rally by red-shirt followers at Rajamangala stadium in Hua Mark, which was called off yesterday morning, had the full rubber-stamp of the government because the use of the stadium for the rally required approval from someone in the government.

The rally by red-shirt followers at Rajamangala stadium in Hua Mark, which was called off yesterday morning, had the full rubber-stamp of the government because the use of the stadium for the rally required approval from someone in the government.

Also, ministers such as Education Minister Chaturong Chaisaeng and Interior Minister Charupong were at the stadium addressing the red-shirt crowd.

Video clips on social media showed a highway police car escorting buses carrying red-shirt followers on their way to Bangkok.

Images: Top - a regime gunman fires at students in classes that have left at least one student confirmed dead. Middle & Bottom - His t-shirt is identical to those worn by a sect of pro-regime "red shirts" hailing from Phitsanulok province, part of Thaksin Shinawatra's northeast political stronghold. This particular sect has close ties to regime MP Jatuporn Prompan, and was involved directly with bloodshed in 2010's violence as well. The group was trained by the now deceased Khattiya Sawasdipol, better known as "Seh Daeng," who was shot dead at the height of the 2010 armed insurrection he was leading in the streets of Bangkok on behalf of Thaksin Shinawatra. The groups is now pictured in the below article next to an image of a gunman involved in last night's violence. 

Image: Photograph of another gunman so far responsible for the death of at least one student and many more injuries. The gunmen are clad in black, carrying a variety of weapons. There have been reports of both shooters operating in the streets and from rooftops. 

Veera concludes with the obvious conclusion millions across Thailand have made and Thailand's friends around the world have likewise made:
With the deaths and injuries of the students, allegedly at the hands of red-shirt thugs and with implicit support from the government, both the prime minister and her government have lost any legitimacy to continue in office.

They must go and go fast or the country will slide further into anarchy.
While many of the Bangkok Post's foreign readers have railed against Veera's piece, that is only because they subscribe to the narratives contrived by the same Western media outlets that sold the public the Iraq War and attempted to sell intervention in Syria, and are now currently backing pro-EU protests in Ukraine consisting of football hooligans and neo-Nazis. In reality, Veera's article tells some hard truths many of his fellow journalists have been afraid to or unable to tell.