Saturday, August 27, 2011

Now, it's Green Politics..neither red nor yellow

They call themselves the "Green Politics Group" with five main missions as an independent political grouping. They have split from the New Politics Party and won't say whether they will form a new political party.

Suriyasai Katasila, secretary general of New Politics Party, is the main "coordinator" of the new grouping. Others include Somran Rodpetch, Col Pairoj Niyompan, and Tospon Kaewtiwa. Conpicuously absent is Somsak Kosaiyasuk, the New Politics Party leader, who has broken up with this group of activists who were closely linked to Sondhi Limthongkul's People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) or the Yellow Shirts.

Suriyasai, in launching the Green Politics Group, said today that the grouping will aim to oppose attempts to undermine the monarchy, corruption in all forms, proposed move to amend the constitution to benefit certain groups of people and to push for progammes proposed by the National Reform Commission and to join hands with all local groups to create a knowledge base to effect reforms in all aspects.

It remains unclear how the new grouping will proceed from here, or whether it's related to the Yellow Shirts -- or whether it will end up forming another party.

One thing is clear though. The founders want to stay clear of New Politics Party and keep a proper distance from the Yellow Shirts' umbrella. Apart from that, things will still have to firm up to offer a clear picture of what it is all about.

Apparently, it calls itself "green" to distinguish itself from the red and the yellow shirts. How they will resist temptations by some people to link green to the military remains to be seen.

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