Saturday, June 2, 2012
The escape route for Thai democracy is very narrow and dangerous
The protesters managed to forced the ruling Pheu Thai Party to take a step back. House Speaker Somsak Kiartsuranond declared the House session postponed -- and the deliberations of the controversial "reconciliation bill" put back indefinitely to cool things down.
The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) declared "victory" and will return on June 5 to monitor the next move by the government. The opposition Democrats said they would continue to oppose the bill at all cost. The ruling Pheu Thai accused the Democrats of breaking the House rules and the spirit of parliamentary democracy.
On the same day, the Constitutional Court decided to accept the appeal to consider whether the House's passage of the constitutional amendments was "constitutional" or not.
Red-shirt leaders, including Jatuporn Prompan, made a public statement calling for all red shirts to be on alert for a possible military coup. Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan O-cha said he didn't know anything about the supposed coup.
For the Thai people, the new round of political turmoil has just begun.