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May 9, 2010

May 9 – Daily news from the red-shirt rally at Ratchaprasong

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Media Advisory:

RATCHAPRASONG, MAY 9, 2010: United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders will announce their response to the five point reconciliation road map outlined by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at a media briefing at 6.00pm at the Ratchaprasong stage today, May 9, 2010.

The announcement by core UDD leaders will address all of the requirements for the red-shirt rally at Ratchaprasong to come to an end and will be conducted in Thai and English.

Today is day 55 of the red-shirts pro-democracy protest against the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the 35th day protesters have occupied the Ratchaprasong shopping precinct in the heart of Bangkok.

1 Comment »

  1. I cant see that the redshirts can leave the rally site while the
    military are still interfering in business and politics in Thailand

    it will take a hero, Abhisit? to make the army return to barracks and
    stop their interference

    if not the reds will have to wait for an election and hopefully a hero
    will be brought to power

    its the military that are the problem not the solution

    In the period after the abdication in 1932 the Thai military hijacked
    and secured their rule.

    The military, using the monarchy as cover and in cooperation with big business families (generally grouped as the Bangkok Elites), has been in control of Thailand with various thin layers of civilian and political leaders rising and falling at the whim of the military.

    Until someone is able to control the military, lock them in their
    barracks, banned from any involvement in business, politics and any
    actions inside the country, attempts at democracy will fail in Thailand.

    Without the military, the government, reds with Peu Thai and others will
    be able to act like normal political rivals and develop democratic
    solutions.

    The insurgency in the south of Thailand will also subside since it is
    fuelled primarily by the same rule by the military (“Bangkok elites”)
    that is inspiring the reds only more so because the military in the
    south are exercising their violence, sadism and illegal businesses at
    levels so far not permitted to them, except in treating certain groups
    like refugees and “illegal migrant workers” in the rest of the country.

    Fears of the PAD, and even perhaps the reds, disturbing the peace and
    distorting political outcomes will evaporate when no group is able to
    call on or be inspired by military support.

    Bottling the military is an ongoing challenge for every democracy, for
    example witness the recent upsurgence of military power in the US, but
    must be achieved and sustained.

    Now, can Abhisit be a hero and achieve this in Thailand?

    Comment by davidb98 — May 9, 2010 @ 3:10 pm | Reply


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