- Posted February 24, 2014 by
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Thai military declares coup
Casualty of Thai Political Ambition
The casualty is caused by political violence associated with the insurrection call from the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). This group is led by a former Democrat Party leader, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban.
Critics of democracy have voiced out their opposition towards democratically elected entities but failed to rationalize why the people of Thailand must accept fascism as a substitute. From the onset, PDRC has advocated for so-called reforms which fails to highlight any solutions to the political checkmate. But the casualty rate, which includes the deaths of children, speaks of a terrible future if PDRC is given the means to rule the country.
Hate speech is a well-used tool at these rally sites. Condemnation of Caretaker Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra of her political stand and of her gender happens on a daily basis. Mr. Suthep has made numerous sweeping sexist ridicule of Ms. Yingluck, followed by veiled threats upon her family and the civil staff associated with her Government.
Fear is the outcome to the constant hate speech while intimidation in many forms have been suggested and spoken. In this atmospheric charged times, hate speech is used to degrade political opponents. It is highly unlikely that PDRC is planning for a peaceful resolution despite the many appeals by Ms. Yingluck. Mr. Suthep has on many occasions said he intends to replace a democratically-elected Government with an unelected council. To many outside of Bangkok, that is dictatorship and not reform based on civil liberty or human rights.
While the deaths and injuries related to the PDRC political ambition, the middle-class members of the Democrat Party have not spoken about peace initiatives or at least try to prevent further casualties. Such actions (or inaction) further show that the Bangkok-based opposition party is supporting the abolishment of the rule of law and is interested to see an overthrow of a legitimate framework.
Within the academic circles, the "judicial coup" is a hot topic specially in social media. After PDRC's failed attempts to seek the Thai army to illegally intervene, the exploration of other ways to remove a Government is ongoing. Accusations that the judiciary and the electoral commission are involved in synergy with PDRC can be heard and found in social media and the Thai press.
Will there be peace in the spirit of democracy, respect and liberty? If non-democratic forces are allowed to veto the choices of the majority then sadly this will be the start of the end for Thailand and the people who place their hopes on their elected leaders.