Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Nostalgia of failed ex-communists?
At first, I thought it was nothing more than nostalgia. But it seems they might want the public to take them seriously when they indicated that they might return to the way of the guerrillas of the now-defunct Communist Party of Thailand (CPT).
That's probably why Surachai Danwatananusorn (previously Surachai Sae Dan) was dressed in the uniform of an ex-guerrilla of the CPT on Monday when he gave himself up to the local police of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Surachai, one of the red-shirted leaders, has been charged with joining others to violently crash into the Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya two weeks ago resulting in the cancellation of the Asean Plus Six summit.
One of the key red-shirts, Jakrapob Penkhair, who has fled abroad, has said the anti-government movement may have to adopt an armed struggle to overthrow the Abhisit government.
There have been talks from within some red-shirts of returning to the guerrilla warfare of the CPT. Government intelligence sources have also suggested that some of the anti-government elements may be considering employing the old CPT's subversive tactics.
So, why did Thaksin Shinawatr, the biggest red-shirt of them all, came out today with a statement that he would strongly oppose any use of force?
Who's really confused now?
I can't help but think these romantic ex-communists are out of touch with reality.