Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Yellow Shirts are back!

The Yellow Shirts are back in action. They held a nationwide meeting today at Rangsit University campus. They warned the red shirts that they were coming out to counter the red move. They say their patience was running out.

Most leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) pointed their finger Thaksin Shinnawatr for masterminding the April 10 violent clashes between the reds and government troops that claimed 24 lives and over 800 injured. They agreed that the ex-premier was using the political rally together with "one wing of the former leftists" to overthrow the current government and "set up a new state" that they suspect would dramatically change the role of the monarchy.

Most of the PAD leaders were there: Chamlong Srimuang, Somsak Kosaiyasuk, Somkiat Pongpaiboon, Pipop Thongchai, and Suriyasai Takkasila.

Conspicuously absent was the big leader: Sondhi Limthongkul. No explanation was given for his absence. No question about his whereabouts, if any, was raised, publicly anyway.


Steve said...

"The Yellow Shirts are back!" ?

Implying that they've been away? Well, yes..... yellow-coloured shirts have been notably absent from the "no colour", "multi-colour", "pink" and "white" gatherings - led/coordinated by known PAD activists and recently even by one of the nine core PAD leaders. Regarding him, I note that in the list of PAD leaders present at the Rangsit meeting, there's no mention of Chaiwat Sinsuwong; perhaps he's still too busy with the imaginatively named "People's Network for Protecting the Nation"?

Personally, I'm pleased to see PAD stating their case openly - i.e as PAD - as opposed to masquerading behind the ever less credible fronts we have seen recently. But I suspect we'll continue to see both.....

sokheounpang said...

It reminds me of what happened in Cambodia in 1998 while the Opposition demonstration spread throughout the capital city of Phnom Penh against Hun Sen, then Hun Sen tactically used the counter-demonstration, the pro-govt demonstration to fight against the oppostion which led to the bloodshed. As I have observed the RED and the yellow all are ready for violence and this will surely happend if Abhisit wont resign, dissolve the house, the king dont aviod taking side and the military keep taking part, and the elite wont stop looking down on the poor-prai.

I hope Thailand can learn this from Cambodia once again!

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