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    Posted December 28, 2013 by
    Bangkok, Thailand

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    Thailand: Fear of Losing Democracy and Rights

    I am scared. Yes I am scared. My city, Bangkok, is partly paralyzed by terror. There is a heavy presence of rioters, all who are members of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). They claim to fight for democracy and freedom but they lay siege to our city.

    For more than two month, they have disrupted the public peace in the capital city of the second largest economic power in Southeast Asia. With their political allies from the Democrat Party they have rejected the call for national election which is royally-approved by His Majesty the King of Thailand.

    Even members of the Election Commission seems to favor pausing elections against the will of the people. It appears that the mainly urban middle elites have turn their backs on democracy and rejected freedom of choice for the majority.

    Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the head of Director of the Center of Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), announced that the Government would ask the military to oversee the situation on February 2nd, the election day. Like many, Surapong believes in building the peace to ensure that all eligible voters are given the chance to vote. That is our democratic right.

    Thai export shrank by 0.49 percent in the first 11 months of 2013 despite a 4 percent year-on-year decline in November. Permanent Secretary for Commerce Srirat Rastapana disclosed that the Thai export value in November totaled 18.7 billion US dollars, representing a 4 percent drop compared to the same period of last year. As for import, Thailand imported goods and services worth 19.3 billion US dollars from overseas, a decline of 8.6 percent year-on-year. For this reason, Thailand in November recorded a trade deficit of 557 million dollars.

    Suthep Thaugsuban and Abhisit Vejjajiva have publicly rejected polls and have promised to prevent Thai citizens from voting. The two leaders of the Democrat Party are facing murder charges in a Thai court for ordering the killing of "Red Shirt" pro-democracy protesters in 2010.

    I am scared for our present. I am terrified if our people are not given the chance to vote on 2nd of February 2014, that we will live in a nation ruled by the elitist-led mob. I fear hate will be the overlord of our country.

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