Somchai : “I consider the protesters as destroyer of the democratic system”

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[picture Reuters : PM Somchai on TV wednesday night]

It seems that the “Army deal” (House dissolution and end of protests) is a dead end.

“The protesters have weapons and break the laws by seizing the government offices at Don Muang airport and the Suvarnabhumi Airport. I consider them as destroyer of democratic system of the country,” he said.

Somchai was speaking in a special televised programme held at state-run television station in Chiang Mai. […]

“I want to call for the protesters to terminate their protests for the sake of the country and the people as a whole,” he said.

Somchai also referred to a call of a situation monitoring panel under the Army for him to dissolve the House to end the political turmoil. The panel also suggested that the PAD ended the protests.

Insisting that his government has been elected by the people, he said his government will continue working for the sake of the country.

Somchai said he will chair a special cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss ways and means to bring peace back to the country. (Nation)

Back to square one. PAD won’t move until PM resigns. The PM considers the PAD has “destroyer of the democratic system”. And the army’s deal is a dead-cat in the water.

So what’s next ? It’s insane. The government must move. Somchai just can’t wait, with his eternal smile, and let the PAD occupies Suvarnabhumi airport, ad vitam aeternam !

His credibility is already severely diminished (Thaksin’s brother-in-law, long trip to Peru to drink llama’s milk at a useless APEC meeting, etc.)

How long can he sustain this stupid cat and mouse game ?

He’s trapped. The PAD is trapped (they can’t move back). And the army is trapped too (a coup, a violent one, would have tremendous consequences).

UPDATE
A group of government supporters attacked and killed the father of a member of the anti government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in the northern province of Chiang Mai late Wednesday.

Terdsak’s 60-year-old father Settha was attacked and killed, while two other people were also injured in the incident.

The police were unable to intervene in the clash between the two rival groups, which involved the firing of slingshots, guns and powerful fire crackers. (TNA)

The thugs are unleashed… Another incident that shows the real hatred at work.

8 Responses to “Somchai : “I consider the protesters as destroyer of the democratic system””


  1. 1 thaioutsidein 26 November 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Insane it is.

    but the climax will come within 48 hours. airports cannot be closed indefinitely or international communities will act to protect their citizens that are stuck in bangkok.

    i think most likely situations are:

    – large scale clash between somchai/thaksin and bhumibol/sonthi followers, leading up to civil war until bhumibol comes out and plays hero again on dec 4

    – somchai will remove the anupong and stage violent clash with PAD, ending protest

    military coup is highly unlikely.

    but you never know. anything can happen these days in the land of smile…sad time for my country

  2. 2 paperback 26 November 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Yup, everybody’s in a dead end. And the country is deeply divided. The only person with still enough authority to end this deadlock would be the King. One wonders why he stays silent. Is he too old and sick? Is someone holding him back to speak in public? Does he not care? Did he join one side of the opposing factions and therefore lost his ability to unite the country? All of these options are not very promising either…

  3. 3 thaichris 27 November 2008 at 12:05 am

    @paperback

    The king came out many times already. But the people of Thailand don’t understand what he was saying. Or maybe they don’t want to listen. 3 years ago he spoke about the quality of a leader and indirectly attackd the PM in charge. Six month later he said in front of high court judges that everybody should folow the rules by accepting the law (does anybody in Thailand care about laws? – look at the behaviour on the streets of Bangkok). Six month later he talked about sufficient economy (he saw the current crisis comming) – everybody continued to spend money he doesn’t have.

    The King is like a father talking to his kids. The kids say – your right paa – and then they do the oposit. I think, the king is just feed up – he is bored and he will only come out officialy when hundreds dye. People expect too much from him. He dedicated his life to this country. Usually people retire with 65. He is still working at 80+. You know the Thais say – songsan nai luang – and in the same sentence they ask him to help.

    This time, he Thai’s have to solve the problem by themself.

  4. 4 thaichris 27 November 2008 at 1:02 am

    @all

    A general remark regarding PAD. The PAD has nothing to loose. Sondhi is already bankrubt, Chamlong only wants to live up to his Karma (he wants to correct his error paving the way for Thaksin into politics), the unions try to keep there influence and the inteligencia try to fight against the ‘the winner takes it all’ mentality.
    And the supporters from the middle class and the owner of SME’s will fight to there death because they know, if Thaksin ins and comes back, tehy will loose everything. I explain you why:

    Thaksin showed his ‘the winner takes it all’ mentality with his telecom empire. He built it on corruption (when he was granted the consession for the pager/mobile service, the minister in charge was his oncle), he expanded it by cheating TOT, he kept the other compeditors small by changing the laws, nearly monopolised the mobile business and then sold it to a global multi when he recognized that he succed everything out of this industry. The SME’s in other sectors are affraid that he will go after there business in the same way. And the ‘taxfree’ mony from Temasek gave him the instrument. Thats why the middle class/SME’s had to stop him. Otherwise they would loose there fortune. There have been already clear signs from the real estate market that the ‘Shinawatra’ clan starts to take over.

    So for the people supporting PAD it is a question of survival. That is why they don’t care about the image of Thailand in the world. That is why they don’t care about the short time impact on economy. For them it is loosing little bit now or loosing all in the near future. And if you look at this, you will understand why the PAD can not give up until it is sure forever that Thaksin will not return and his cronies/family lost the power.

  5. 5 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 2:37 am

    “The police were unable to intervene in the clash between the two rival groups, which involved the firing of slingshots, guns and powerful fire crackers.”

    Nation TV televised the tape of the incidence in Chiangmai. The police were not unable. They were obviously able but they stayed aside watching the UDD slaughtering a PAD member and letting the UDD dispersing.

  6. 6 fall 27 November 2008 at 3:42 am

    If charisma and orator skill can be rate, Somchai’s about knee high. His public speaking style remind me of last dissolution case marathon-verdict-reading-contest and the person who prepare his speech should be shot, drawn, and quarter.

  7. 7 ray 27 November 2008 at 12:04 pm

    i think hmk is contemplating what to do. thailand is not the same as it was in 1993( suchinda vs chamlong). if the king comes out and says something and its not done it will bevery clear that he does not have that much influence anymore. he cannot risk that. just imagine what that will do to the morale of pad. they will be destroyed and the red group will be even more confident. many people i know were not very happy about the queen and princess showing up at the funeral of ms bow. that was a very big sign but still the red group pressed on.
    they cannot risk that again. if u are the red group u start to think arent u our queen as well?
    thaksin should have been assinated bhutto style. it would have solved everything.but its way too late for that. the more this thing drags on thaksin is winning. if there is a coup thaksin wins. if there is bloodshed( in the eyes of the world). the pm will not resign nor hold snap elections. he is not calling the shots. period.i think veera/jaturon/chakaphob are calling the shots and somchai is just a figure head.

  8. 8 Bedwyr 27 November 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I believe you guys mostly misunderstand about HMK. I believe it is not at all as you have described. ’nuff sed. History will tell, and indeed, history has already told but nobody in Thailand is allowed to listen. Or read.

    I suspect ChineseThai’s thinking is similar to mine but I think mostly the others are wide of the mark.

    Bedwyr


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