The situation in Thailand remains among the most unusual in the world in terms of basic concepts such as democracy. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was legally elected and her party has a majority in the legislature. Her brother, Thaksin, had been prime minister several years ago when he was driven from power–and the country- by the military and their allies among powerful upper class groups who are centered in Bangkok. During the past several weeks thousands of Bangkok people have filled the streets demanding the resignation of Yingluck and now they are engaged with fellow supporters around the nation in thwarting a new election. The Shinawatra party is very popular among rural groups since Thaksin sent large sums to people in these sections of the country. In theory, an election was supposed to be going on the past few days, but in at least 45 out of 375 constituencies, voters have been prevented from voting–they were, for the most part, supporters of Yingluck.
So, how does a liberal commentator interpret this situation? Should one support groups that claim they are defending democracy? Or, should one support what one Siamese reporter wroteP “I am voting, not because I support the government. Not because I support Thaksin, I don’t. I am voting because I know that millions would have died for that right.”