Bangkok Shutdown, Day 2With only a few more reported deaths (and those mostly accidents) Thailand made it through another day of 'civil disobedience, Thai style', namely smiling, strolling, eating, singing and only 'permitting' necessary infra-structure workers to come into Bangkok, smiling all the while...
Quoting Bangkok Post (an English-language print/online newspaper) "...the belligerent tone reflects an air of impunity surrounding rally leaders who travel freely around the city despite warrants for their arrest for their role in civil unrest that has left eight dead and hundreds injured.If you're just joining the party, the above two paragraphs contain most of the critical information about this uncivil civil-rights exercise, namely:
The protesters, backed by the kingdom’s royalist establishment, want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an unelected “people’s council” that would oversee reforms to curb the political dominance of her billionaire family."
--the crowd-leaders aren't concerned about breaking Thai law, aren't concerned about being arrested and haven't been arrested so far;
--eight dead, hundreds injured in two days' efforts;
--the crowd, having stepped outside legal framework and policy, seeks to FORCE an elected Prime Minister out of government without due process;
--the crowd is backed by 'royalist establishment', which is a small book/white-paper in itself;
--the crowd wants to force acceptance or compliance with an unelected, extra-legal 'council'; and
--the crowd (through its leaders) whinges about 'political dominance'...
So aside from asking 'Who's taking care of the Porta-Potty problem for ALL THESE PEOPLE?, there are a few questions that might further enlighten readers new to this likay-drama-performance. Wasn't Yingluck and her government duly ELECTED in accordance with established Thai constitutioal law? Even though there were some SERIOUS OBSTACLES placed in her path?
Doesn't Yingluck represent AT LEAST the people who elected her, as she strives to use legal, ethical Parliamentary procedures to govern Thailand? Does 'the royalist establishment' mean 'people who consider themselves royally ABOVE the 'normal' Thais? An elite minority, especially gifted for telling the plebian pedestrian peasants what's good for them?
Might the 'political dominance' be a logical, legal outcome of uniting several previously disputing factions into one technologically-empowered, forward-thinking group (of Red-Shirts) that want to continue lifting Thailand into a technically enhanced future?
And if that 'people's council' DOES get installed, will some knitting, cackling crones be on hand to point at the Yingluck cabinet ministers as they are found 'guilty' and frog-marched to the guillotine?
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. The one true God, He Who knoweth all things, Himself testifieth to the truth of these words," quoting the Buddha Amit-Abha.
Bickering, blaming and fault-finding are NOT empowering, ennobling SOLUTIONS to today's spiritual problems, showing up in the voices of MILLIONS of Thais who want Justice, humility, trustworthiness and rational consideratio from their government.
Now for Day 3, Wednesday...