- Posted December 3, 2013 by
Rightwing pushing boundary of Thai democracy
It was just yesterday when the anti-democracy mob dwindled in numbers and those few remaining marched towards the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Command, the headquarters of the police force.
The self-proclaimed leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, Suthep Thaugsuban, was seen wandering at a local grocery while his supporters entered the premises of the headquarters. Suthep is an ex-MP for the Democrat Party.
While the rally was peaceful, unlike the violent incidents of the past few weeks and the ongoing hate speeches, Suthep's supporters did not enter the building.
Which leaves to the question of the political survival of the Democrat Party that had thrown their support to the vandalizing group.
While it is speculated that the dwindling members of the elite-majority party is affecting the future of the Democrats, would these violent rioting, from the assault of journalists to the temporary occupation of TV broadcasting agencies, affect the reputation of the party as a whole?
Because of Suthep's demand for an elected government under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to surrender their legitimacy and power to mob rule, the people are unconvinced that both Suthep and the Democrat Party do not have the wisdom to govern justly.
The Democrat Party has lost every election since 1992 because they have failed to gain support among the growing rural middle and lower class, specially in the north. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the present leader of the party, and Suthep are facing murder charges at court for their involvement in the brutal crackdown in Bangkok in 2010.