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    Posted December 8, 2013 by
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    9 December 2013: Thailand’s Biggest Protest in History

     
    The ailing press and media, both local and international, seem to be in critical condition as the public has been bombarded with heavily biased news reports on Thailand’s protests. So, if the world hasn’t yet been hypnotized by our prime minister’s countless appearances on international TV with her self-rewinding tape message “I come from election”, here’s what the title suggests—the other side of the coin.

    For those who haven’t been following Thai politics, questions arise as to why millions of Thais will walk on the streets on Bangkok and the provinces to overthrow the “democratically elected” government. The morning of 9 December will be a major political phenomenon when the protestors will include students, alumni, and academic staff of almost all major schools and universities; employees of 45 state enterprises, airlines, hospitals and medical organizations; members of business associations; Chinese ethnic groups; and most importantly, all Democrat members of parliament who all resigned to join the historic rally. And it is important to note that all this is happening despite the fact that Suthep Tuagsuban, the protest leader, has been charged with treason and the “democratic” government has announced to press charges on anyone who supported or participated in the rallies.

    The issue here is madame premier Yingluck Shinawatra seems to understand or misunderstand, rather, that having won the election and holding majority seats in the parliament and senate means she and the government can get away with anything. Press was controlled and grass root mass brainwashed, aides and family members were placed in key positions, massive graft planned, a two trillion loan bill passed, police all under control, and everything looked rosy for the government. That was until the premier decided to push things over the limit and passed the blanket amnesty bill, which would whitewash all the wrongdoings, particularly benefiting her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who is in self-exile abroad. Since day one the prime minister has refused the claim of being her brother’s puppet and that everything is all controlled by her fugitive brother from overseas. Just as the police is supposed to bring justice, the chief flew to meet with the former prime minister and thanked him publicly for being granted the chief position. That’s how desperate we Thais are. And the list of graft, crimes, nepotism, and hypocrisy goes on and on. The patience of the Thais has been tested and underestimated. Now that pseudo democracy turns into absolute facist oligarchy, one just can’t wait to see what the next several hours will bring.

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