Sunday, August 9, 2020

AFP Continues Pretending Thai Protests are "Organic"

Just like in Hong Kong, the Western media will lie to the very end about who really leads and funds Thailand's protests and why. 

August 10, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Despite French-based media company Agence France-Presse (AFP)'s Bangkok office being within walking distance of the Foreign Correspondence Club of Thailand (FCCT) where AFP and other Western media fronts regularly consort with Thailand's billionaire-led opposition - its articles regularly claim ongoing protests on the opposition's behalf are "student led" and "organic."

AFP's most recent article - republished in the Bangkok Post - titled, "Activist Arnon joins Chiang Mai protest following sedition charges," claims (emphasis added):
Protesters say their nascent pro-democracy movement has been organised organically, with young leaders taking to social media to promote the flashmobs.
This claim is uncritically repeated even after AFP itself admits in the article that 35 year old laywer Anon Nampa led the most recent rally all the way in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai after his arrest in the capital of Bangkok.

AFP's photo features a caption claiming the Chiang Mai protest was a "flash protest" attempting to lend credibility to claims the protests are "organic" despite the fact these protests are being centrally organized and clearly led by figures like Anon Nampa and US-funded organizations like Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR).

Anon Nampa's organization - TLHR - is never mentioned in the AFP article nor is TLHR's extensive US and British government funding and backing.

AFP and other Western media organizations have consistently and deliberately omitted all mention of the central role US-funded fronts posing as NGOs are playing in Thailand's ongoing protests.

There is nothing "youthful" about a middle aged lawyer or "organic" about the US and British government funding a middle-aged lawyer and his organization TLHR to lead protests across Thailand.

There is also nothing journalistic about AFP whose staff have regularly participated in FCCT activities providing support to Anon Nampa's TLHR, and other fronts posing as NGOs but funded by Western governments to interfere in Thailand's internal political affairs.

TLHR has held at least one press conference at the FCCT as revealed by Khaosod English in its article, "Rights Group Holds Presser Despite Junta's Attempt to Censor," which admitted:
Defying police orders to cancel a talk on the state of human rights in Thailand, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) held a press conference outside the venue where they were originally scheduled to present a panel discussion this evening.
The original event was canceled by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand this afternoon after police presented a letter ordering the club to drop the talk.
Just like Khaosod English's Western partners - Khaosod refuses to mention TLHR's foreign funding or its role in supporting ongoing protests described as "organic."

AFP staff were most certainly present and most certainly reported on the "presser," and is well aware of TLHR's central role in organizing unrest in Thailand. 

The FCCT has also regularly hosted and provided support to the billionaire-led opposition parties protesters stand behind, including - and especially - Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit's Future Forward/Move Forward Party.

Just as AFP and the rest of the Western media has done in Hong Kong, Ukraine, Libya, Syria, and beyond - it is deliberately misleading the public about the nature of ongoing protests in Thailand and concealing - and at times aiding - Western political interference.

Only by the Western media deliberately omitting information regarding who is really leading Thailand's protests and the corrupt opposition parties and foreign interests backing them can these protests continue to appear "legitimate," "student led" and "youthful" when in reality they are funded and backed by the West and led by opposition parties headed by corrupt billionaires and their supporters