Police backs off, unions call for strikes… starts to get messy

Things are going fast.

To follow the details, check BangkokPundit.

But in a nutshell :

5,000 police pull out of Government House

THAI labour union calls for its members to take leave (after the trains SRT)

-and protests seem to spread upcountry (airports blocked)

Things start to look interesting… 😉

9 Responses to “Police backs off, unions call for strikes… starts to get messy”

  1. 1 chinesethai 29 August 2008 at 11:04 am

    There is the only way to stop this widespread chaos temporarily – Samak out. He has lost control of the situation.

    However, unlike in South Korea, Japan and developed countries, in Thailand the mainstream political culture is stick to your seat and title as long as possible. [i]”I love my (PM, MP, Minister, General) title. I’ll safeguard it with my life.”[/i] 😛

  2. 2 Gloomy Observer 29 August 2008 at 11:46 am

    Why?! I am in no way a fan of his – far from it – but why should he resign? For not being liked by a radical mob? I don’t see anything more rotten in the last 6 months than the average Thai institutional corruption and incompetence!

    If he does step down then the implications are HUGE: the PAD have an effective veto over every government and every policy. Why bother voting?

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 29 August 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Indeed, GO… the situation is totally blocked.

    It’s not new. It has been blocked since december 2004 (first rallyes against Thaksin) and the dissolution/elections of april 2005 (boycotted by Democrats).

    We have had a Coup : no solution. We have had news elections : no solution.

    So what do we do now ?

  4. 4 chinesethai 29 August 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Well, very simple. As a leader, if you can’t reign in the situation, you must step down and have somebody else replacing you. It is the norm.

    Yes, implication is HUGE after this. It is a deadlock since another election can no longer solve the crisis because it will be, as always, fraught with cheating, frauds, guns and bullets. A TOTAL DEADLOCK!

  5. 5 absolutelybangkok 29 August 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Maybe we were all wrong, Thai Crisis …

    Looks like a government appointed by the king or court.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 29 August 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Do you seriously believe it would be a lasting solution ?

    In september 2006 after the Coup, many people were full of hope… We saw the result…

    My point : a coup (direct ou indirect like what you say, with “courts” as proxy) won’t solve the political stalemate.

    The thai society is deeply divided. All the factions are excited with the perspective of the royal succession.

    I wrote it all along : the mess is going to last.

    But I want to repeat that a military coup or an intervention of “juges” is strictly the same.

    Thai people are so obsessed with appearances. Some of them believe that a “judicial coup” won’t look the same, won’t look like september 2006.

    It’s pathetic.

    Nobody will be fooled.

  7. 7 loris 30 August 2008 at 12:06 am

    If the government give in to PAD, then they will veto everything until they run the coubtry themselves, and then well,total anarchy.Where is the silent majority?Where is Abishit? I guess hiding in the wings, as he is silent too.

  8. 8 chinesethai 31 August 2008 at 4:59 am


    Don’t you see it is already an anarchy?

    If a PM couldn’t even save the Government House, would he be capable of saving the country?

    Anarchy already.

    BTW, who is your silent majority? As much as I know, they are in shopping malls, bars, restaurants, paddy fields …..

  1. 1 Global Voices Online » Thailand: People’s coup or putsch? Trackback on 30 August 2008 at 5:54 pm

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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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