Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thailand: Regime Orders Bangkok Government, TV Stations "Arrested"

December 5, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) - In a declaration that defies belief, the Shinawatra regime today announced plans to issue arrest warrants for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA - the government of Bangkok) and Blue Sky TV, an anti-regime media center.

Image: Regime deputy prime minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, makes a bizarre announcement regarding his plans to arrest Bangkok's government as well as opposition Blue Sky TV. The level of illegitimacy exhibited by this naked act of despotism might be comical if he and the regime he serves, had not mass murdered over 3,000 people in the past decade and weren't currently running refugee slave camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. 

While despots are oft to round up their opposition's media, to even seek the arrest of the government of one of Southeast Asia's largest cities exposes a new level of illegitimacy and perhaps even desperation from the regime.

Thailand's English language newspaper, The Nation, reported in its article, "Surapong orders police to seek arrest warrants against Suthep's supporters," that:
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told police to seek arrest warrants against Suthep's supporters including Blue Sky Channel and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. He gave the order in his capacity as the chief of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order.
The bizarre and disturbing announcement went unreported by the West, eagerly attempting to prop up the regime's legitimacy in which it has so heavily invested. To announce plans to arrest a city's government and one's political opponents would otherwise appear to be a caricatures of a despotic regime. In Thailand, under Thaksin Shinawatra, such caricatures have been brought to life in the form of his deputy prime minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

Few believe he will be able to carry through with his heavy-handed threat, and that it is another vain attempt to intimidate the regime's opponents. Any attempt to "arrest" the government of Bangkok would most likely end in bloodshed and trigger a much needed military coup to finally flush the regime from power.