Monday, March 16, 2009
Thaksin steps up his 'phone-in' offensive
Thaksin Shinawatra has stepped up his "phone-in" offensive, hoping to keep his chances of returning to power alive. But the harder he tries, the more he seems trapped in his own illusion. His phone calls have all also emboldened his supporters to resort to more violent acts. A ping-pong bomb was thrown in Pathum Thani on Saturday near where Deputy Premier Suthep Thuagsuban was taking part in a local event.
Yesterday, the former premier made at least two "phone-in appearances" at the gatherings of the "red-shirted protestors." In the morning, he was calling into a rally at a temple in Minburi, on Bangkok's suburbs. In the evening, his voice was heard in the eastern province of Chantaburi.
The messages were more or less the same. Thaksin was telling his supporters to cheer up and to come out against the Abhisit government so that he could return to power at home.
At one point, he even played the role of a mob instigator. Thaksin told the protestors to join what he described as a "big rally" on March 29 to demonstrate their support for Thaksin and against Abhisit.
It seems Thaksin is getting more desperate by the day.