The gang of royalist tyrants: Abhisit’s Democrat Party, the military, the palace, and the bureaucratic elites can cling to power only through violence and lies. As they use armed troops and tanks against pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok for the fifth time in forty years, the tyrants hope that a blanket of censorship throughout Thailand will allow them to do their dirty work in secret. But their censorship is not working and the assembled masses of pro-democracy Red Shirts are resisting.
The Red Shirts want democracy and want immediate elections, but democracy and elections are the last things that the tyrants want. They have lorded it over the people for years. They have never won an election and they have never been happy with respecting election results. They are supported in their bloody work by the fascist Yellow-Shirted PAD, most middle-class academics, and the self-appointed NGO leaders. Together they are contemptuous and fearful of ordinary working people, the poor, the farmers, the citizens.
Hovering over the repression and exploitation of the people, like a mean and nasty dark cloud, is the King and his network of toadies. Ever since coming to the throne, the King has served the army and the elites well, giving them legitimacy based on superstition, hierarchy, and groveling.
The people have risen up against the tyrants. The “refined” mask of Eton- and Oxford-educated Abhisit Vejjajiva has slipped off to reveal just another tin pot dictator. It is time to clear away all the gangsters and parasites who have held sway over Thai society for too long. Down with the Military! Down with the Monarchy! Down with the Dictatorship! Power to working people!
Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a Thai socialist, currently in exile in the U.K. His latest book Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy will be published in April 2010.