Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thaksin targets Prem as his No 1 enemy
Thaksin Shinawatra just did his videolink to the red-shirted protestors...and he made it very plain that his biggest enemy is Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda.
Thaksin said this protest isn't just for him. "I am just the symbol of the mistreated and downtrodden while Gen Prem is the symbol of the amataya (loosely translated as privileged elite)," he declared in his hour-long monologue. He didn't say where he was speaking from -- Switzerland or Cambodi?
The former premier repeated a few stories he had relate before including the suggestion that he was the target of an assassination attempt. He made it plain that Gen Prem was behind most of the alleged plots to topple him, including the Sept 19, 2006 coup that ousted him.
While he told the mass rally to protest peacefully, Thaksin made no mention of the Red-Shirted leaders' announcement that if PM Abhisit Vejjajiva doesn't comply with the demand to dissolve parliament by noon tomorrow, they will lead the protestors to confront the PM and the military leaders at the headquarters of the 11th Infantry Division.
Chances of a violent confrontation are looming if the threat was carried out.