Day 6: Bangkok Why No Shutdown?
Day 6: Bangkok Why No Shutdown?Some simple realities, facts, behind this week's Big Crowd Coercion in Bangkok, to help you, Dear Reader, make sense of it all.
Sutep (Suthep) is a career politician. He rallies support by demanding the current, legally government be ousted BECAUSE, he says, the government is corrupt, and HE (and his royalty-liking followers) will bring JUSTICE to government.
Yingluck, the serving prime minister of Thailand, says 'The Democrats are corrupt, are supporting Sutep and Sutep cannot EVER be prime minister because he placed himself ABOVE our beloved King when he publicly stated, 'If the king won't sign Yingluck's resignation documents, then I WILL."
So at this point, Sutep (nobody calls him Suthep, its a simple t sound) can look to install an avatar, a puppet government, because as much as the Thai lords, ladies, ultra rich and rich would support him for prime minister, they are still a minority in Thailand, needing the Democrat party to give them some minimal semblance of popular representation.
When recent reports from the Yellow Shirt crowd say, "We don't need payment to be here (in the street), MY HUSBAND IS RICH!" it is more than simply one woman crowing her position, it is the majority of the Yellow Shirt (Sutep) group: rich to ultra-rich; many knighted by the Royal government, many believing themselves intrinsically SUPERIOR to the mass of Thais.
Which brings us to the Red Shirts, represented by ousted technocrat Taksin Shinawat, and now by Yingluck Shinawat. The avowed supporters of this part of the Thai political world are tech-savvy, middle-class or poor, who probably COULD use some help getting to and from a rally...
Red Shirts only had a very few supporters from the 'royalty' crowd, and one of them was shot dead in a public, murderous assassination a few years back, which helped to dissolve the big demonstration at that time.
So with Friday's blasts, injured, caches of weapons and frayed nerves, it is becoming more obvious to Thais around Thailand that BOTH groups- sorry, all three (Yellow, Red, Democrat) want to install THEIR people under the guise of 'justice, fairness, truth and honor', but don't seem to have any particular METHODS of ensuring 'justice for all' if and when they assume the reins of government.
Some are even beginning to rationally question the supposed need for 'government', suggesting that We the People can actually GOVERN OURSELVES as well or better than a Yellow elite or a Red minority!
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem."
~ Howard Zinn, from 'Failure to Quit' (emphasis added)