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What’s Going On In Thailand?

Those in Thailand who entered Bangkok several weeks ago in order to protest what they termed to be invalid elections, are now under assault of the armed forces. They have been camped out in Bangkok and have transformed a vibrant tourist city into a ghost town in which soldiers fire at people who have built barriers in the streets. At least 42 have been killed during the past week and over 300 wounded as soldiers attempt to crush what the government terms a threat to peace in the country. Many questions remain unanswered. How could a group of poor people, desert their farms or jobs for a month in order to express their anger? Since when do poor people have the economic means to protest for a month without any income?

The armed forces are protecting the political/economic elite, but protestors are merely pawns being used by former billionaire prime minister Thaksin in order to regain power. He is pouring millions into the Red Shirt movement for his own political purposes and doesn’t give a damn if the innocent die as long as he gets power. Thaksin wants chaos in order to pose as the knight in shining armor who will appear and restore peace.

Who Is Funding Red Shirts In Bangkok?

Thousands of poor people have poured into Bangkok in order to demand honest elections and return of exiled political leaders. There is not doubt protestors represent the oppressed of Thailand, but the question concerning this reporter is what is the source of funding that would allow thousands of poor people to leave work and camp out in the streets of Bangkok? A spokesperson for United Front For Democracy against Dictatorship admitted Red Shirts have been receiving financial support from billionaire ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. According to Jaran Dithapichai, “I accdept that Thaksin himself and some politicians, including Khunying Sudarat, have given us financial support as have other donors, but I don’t know how much they have donated.” In other words, poor people are doing the fighting for Thaksin to recover his power.

As his followers were facing bullets in the streets of Bangkok, a photographer spotted Thaksin shopping at Louis Vuitton store in Paris. Perhaps, if he was a real hero, Thaksin would return to Bangkok and offer himself up for arrest and challenge the government to conduct a fair trial. My hunch, is he would rather go shopping while three dozen are killed and over 200 are wounded.

Thai Protests Continue As Impasse Is An Impasse

An impasse continues in Thailand as thousands of supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra demand the existing government dissolve parliament and hold new elections. Crowds of red shirted people have literally taken control of the capitol city and made travel impossible. Army units have attempted to push red shirts from the center of Bangkok, but they refuse to budge. It appears at least 15 are dead including four soldiers and a Japanese photographer with hundreds of others wounded and headed for hospitals. Prime Minister Abjisit has called for calm, but there is no evidence it is being warmly accepted by the crowds.

There is scant doubt former prime minister Thaksin is a shining democrat, but he is able to stir the emotions of those resenting highly educated leaders of their government. As all too often, there is no simple solution to such a situation.

Thailand Leader Threatened With Arrest By Government

The People Power Party of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra swept to an overwhelming victory in last week’s parliamentary election, but Thaksin still faces problems if he attempts to return from his self-imposed exile in London. The Thai Attorney General warned that, “As soon as he sets foot in Thailand which he claims will be sometime between February and April of next year, he will face police arrest. An arrest warrant has already been issued for him a long time ago.” The billionaire Thai leader is charged with corruption, but he fears there would not be a fair trial if he returns. His party’s victory has definitely given new life to him even thought Thaksin told the press he was abandoning the political arena. That is probably the best course of action for this controversial figure who is expert at arousing passions among the poor people of Thailand.

Thaksin is loved by many poor people but he is hated by the military, and, most probably by the King of Thailand. It is perhaps to lay low for a few years and allow his political party a shot at governing before trying to return.