Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Leader of "Leaderless" Protests Summoned by Police

Reuters fails to mention summoned protest leader Anon Nampa's extensive US government funding and backing. 

August 6, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Reuters in an article republished by the Bangkok Post would note that protest leader Anon Nampa was recently summoned by Thai police for violating bans on public gatherings amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Reuters attempts to portray the summons as politically-motivated and depicts the protests as youthful students attempting to confront Thailand's conservative institutions.

Reuters entirely omits who Anon Nampa is, what organization he belongs to, and who funds that organization.

It is also ironic that despite media organizations like Reuters and others attempting to claim ongoing "student protests" in Thailand are "leaderless," there are obviously leaders - leaders Reuters now attempts to defend as they are summoned by Thai police.

Anon Nampa is a lawyer - not a "student" - and a member of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR). 

TLHR has been funded since it was created in 2014 by the US State Department via the notorious National Endowment for Democracy (NED) long-since exposed as an arm of US-backed regime change efforts around the globe.

Bangkok Post in a 2016 article titled, "The lawyer preparing to defend herself," would admit:

...[TLHR] receives all its funding from international donors including the EU, Germany and US-based human rights organisations and embassies of the UK and Canada.
One of TLHR's founding members - Sirikan “June” Charoensiri - was later awarded the US State Department's "2018 International Women of Courage Award," presented to her by US First Lady Melania Trump. 

The US embassy in Bangkok also openly praised TLHR in its own post celebrating the award, exclaiming:

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is proud of Sirikan “June” Charoensiri’s work as a lawyer and human rights defender, and for being recognized by the Secretary of State as an International Women of Courage award recipient.

Ms. Sirikan is a co-founder of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyers’ collective set up to provide pro bono legal services for human rights cases and to document human rights violations.
TLHR staff are also regularly accompanied by US and European embassy staff when hearing charges regarding their overt foreign-funded sedition. 

It is clear that TLHR and other US government-funded fronts in Thailand are leading current protests and that the Western media is deliberately attempting to nonetheless portray the protests as "leaderless," never asking obvious questions regarding money trails and political motivations. 

When leaders are eventually mentioned out of necessity to protect them from inevitable prosecution for violating laws - their US government funding is never once mentioned. 

It is particularly ironic since organizations like Reuters have played a key role in fabricating stories regarding Russian interference in US and European political affairs and selling the notion to readers that such interference was intolerable. 

Now the Western media acts in a concerted manner to not only defend US and European interference in targeted nations like Thailand - but to cover up the foreign-funded nature of ongoing protests to prevent the illusion of legitimacy for proxies like Anon Nampa and his "student protests" from eroding for as long as possible. 

The ultimate and admitted goal of US-backed covert regime change around the globe is to prevent nations from "tilting" too far toward nations like China and Russia. 

Through covert regime change aimed at determining for Thailand who it can and cannot maintain ties with and determining the nature of those ties - the irony is that supposed "pro-democracy" movements like Anon Nampa's and his US sponsors are ultimately aimed at eliminating self-determination for Thailand and its people - not enhance or protect it.