Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thailand: A Loud Minority Backed by a Fugitive Billionaire is not "Pro-Democracy"

August 14, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - A loud minority led by a corrupt billionaire fugitive has nothing to do with democracy. A recent rally at Thammasat University led by the so-called "student protesters" themselves - helped finally shed all doubt as to who they serve and what agenda they serve.

Image: Every major rally of this "leaderless" "youth" protest has been led by Anon Nampa - a middle-aged lawyer funded by the US government via the National Endowment for Democracy - a front chaired by pro-war corporate interests and notorious for backing regime change around the globe. 
English-language Thai newspaper The Nation in its article, "Protesters up pressure for monarchy debate with 10-point manifesto," would claim:
The latest call for debate on the monarchy came on Monday during a rally by more than 2,500 protesters at Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus in Greater Bangkok.
The article would also admit:
Lawyer and activist Anon Nampa, who is out on bail after rally-related charges, took to the stage again to insist that people should be able to question the role of monarchy in public and not be threatened for exercising their right to free speech.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a political academic self-exiled in Japan, appeared via video during the rally to support Anon’s speech and insist that public debate on the monarchy was a good thing.

Three (Different) Points

First: Thammasat University has over 33,000 students meaning not even close to half showed up to the protest. Not even 10%. 

Just like the opposition parties these "students" support - billionaire fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra's Pheu Thai Party (PTP) and billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit's Future Forward/Move Forward Party - this represents a loud minority - not a majority.

PTP and FFP/MFP lost both the popular vote in 2019 and failed to create a majority coalition in parliament. 

In a democracy - the majority rules.

It is clear these protests are not "pro-democracy" but rather seek to override democracy and impose an unpopular, extremist agenda upon the rest of the country. And not at the ballot box but in the streets with the threat of instability and even violence hanging over the head of the rest of the nation.

Second: Anon Nampa is not a student. He is not a "youth." He is not even a product of popular sentiment within Thai society.

Anon Nampa is instead the product of US government political interference with his organization - Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) funded by the US government via the notorious regime change front, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The US seeks to install opposition parties into power in the hopes of rolling back Thai-Chinese relations. Ironically, "student protesters" complain about the Thai economy while attacking an important source of Thai economic prosperity and its most important economic partner - China.

Third: Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a known figure within Thaksin Shinawatra's political and public relations machine.

After months - if not years - of  these "students" denying any ties to Thaksin Shinawatra - by Pavin "Skyping in" to support a US-funded agitator - just as Thaksin Shinawatra himself did at "red shirt" rallies in 2009-2010 - the final cloak of deceit has been lifted from these "student protests" for Thailand to see clearly who is behind these protests and what their agenda truly is.

Image: Pavin "Skypes in" at a Thammasat rally led by US-funded agitator Anon Nampa, just as Thaksin Shinawatra regularly did during "red shirt" rallies in 2009-2010. Pavin is an open supporter of Thaksin Shinawatra and ceaselessly serves his agenda of returning him to power. 

After complaining about the current government - depicting it as a brutal dictatorship despite failing to cite any actual examples - these "student protesters" are clearly working on behalf of Thaksin Shinawatra - a deeply corrupt convicted criminal, fugitive, and with the worst human rights record in Thai history.

Just to highlight the hypocrisy at play here - "student protesters" have accused the current government - without evidence - of being behind the disappearance of one activist. Thaksin Shinawatra mass murdered nearly 3,000 people in just 90 days during his so-called "drug war" in 2003 alone. 

Time for the Protesters to Stop Hiding Behind Democracy
The "student protests" can take to the streets but they can not claim they represent the Thai people or even any sort of majority - or even sizable minority.

They cannot claim they are leaderless with figures like Anon Nampa appearing on stage at every major rally. They cannot claim they are not connected to Thaksin Shinawatra and his political machine with the summation of support in Thailand coming from Thaksin Shinawatra and his political machine.

Democracy requires honesty and an informed electorate. The protesters by lying about who they are, who they support, and who supports them - undermine democracy.

By insisting their loud minority be given control over the future of Thailand over the majority, they undermine and betray democracy.

By serving foreign interests they undermine the process of self-determination which is at the very heart of democracy.

By serving a murderous fugitive hiding abroad, they undermine the rule of law - without which democracy cannot function or exist.

Whatever these protesters are for - they are not for "democracy." It is time for them to stop abusing and hiding behind democracy.

Of course, they wouldn't dare admit who they really are, who they really serve, and what they really want for Thailand - or else the little support they have now would shrink even further.