- Posted December 19, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Public Faith in the Truth of Thai Democracy
Even as members of an anti-government movement staged a whistling protest in front of the US embassy in Bangkok, Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is optimistic that Thailand will find the answer to the present political crisis.
The movement, which conducted several largely peaceful assembly in the city today, is led by an ex-Deputy Prime Minister, Suthep Thaugsuban, a senior leader of the Democrat Party. A portion of the group was protesting at the embassy, demanding that the US President, Barack Obama, recall Ambassador Kristie Kenney.
Suthep and the movement leadership have accused the US Government of unlawful interference in Thailand's internal affairs.
Meanwhile, Yingluck traveled to the north provinces of Thailand, calling on communities, and whole populations to exercise their rights to vote, at the royally-sanctioned general election on February 2, 2014.
She called for the anti-government protesters to seek political solutions through talks or reform forums, while asserting that the Government will do whatever it takes to move this nation forward in line with the Constitution and in the spirit of strengthening democracy.
It is during this period of political conflict, many have applauded Yingluck's stand on the rights of Thai people to peaceful assembly, even with the initial violence and Suthep's campaign of intimidation to stop democratic process. The Caretaker Prime Minister is hopeful that the majority will exercise their rights as citizens, and participate in the electoral flow.
It appears that Yingluck is determined to shape Thailand with her unique method of public mobilization. Being the first female Prime Minister, she works to overcome political barriers to reap the blessings of and for the people.