Government’s frustration : the first heads roll, police chief sacked

Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Phatcharawat Wongsuwan was Friday removed as the national police chief and seconded to an inactive post at the PM’s Office.

The government appointed police inspector-general Pol Gen Prateep Tanprasert as caretaker police commissioner-general. (Nation)

That’s a very big news.

The government is getting nervous. After loosing face by fleeing in Chiang Mai and issuing orders not respected (state of emergency last night)… what’s going to happen next ?

On one hand it could show that they’re getting serious… At last. On the other hand it could backfire… If they start to remove people from the police, from the army… so abruptly, that could increase the temptation of rebellion of… others.

11 Responses to “Government’s frustration : the first heads roll, police chief sacked”


  1. 1 chinesethai 28 November 2008 at 11:49 am

    ThaiCrisis:

    I told you that UDD Red Shirt Streetfighters is now Republic of Shinland’s only and de facto security force.

    And the square face guy in Dubai and his underlings in Chiangmai must be very angry now.

  2. 2 fall 28 November 2008 at 11:52 am

    http://thairath.com/online.php?section=newsthairathonline&content=113169
    Dont know if you read Thai, but the news like stated the constutional court will wrap up the dissolution case by 2Dec(presumably read the verdict?).

    So I’ld give the chance for that Judicial Coup a 99% now.
    The court dissolve and appoint interim government on 2Dec, the king speech about unity and do not come out on 4Dec, and the PAD will likely disperse on 1Dec at say mid-night.

    Game over. The PAD lost the battle, but guess who won the war? Bye-bye Democracy.

    “So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.”

    And to top it off, the winner of idiotic acts of the week:
    Police attempt to revoke PAD bail fails
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/read.php?newsid=30089711

  3. 3 chinesethai 28 November 2008 at 11:52 am

    ::::::BREAKING NEWS::::::

    A number of soldiers have been mobilized to remove Republic of Shinland’s UDD Red Shirt and UDD taxi cab streetfighters from Soi Vibhavadi 3!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 11:54 am

    To be angry is one thing, to be able to react is another.
    No doubt that Thaksin is VERY, VERY angry since 2006… 😉

    I think they can’t do nothing. red shirts ? Sure. Bloodshed. And immediately the Army steps in. They loose.

    So ?

    No, I think their only card to play (the smart one) would be to take everybody by surprise and to announce the dissolution of the house, and new elections.

    PAD, Army would be taken by surprise.

    The only problem is : with the parties dissolution case, it’s still not clear if all the currents MPs would be able to run new elections.

  5. 5 chinesethai 28 November 2008 at 11:56 am

    fall,

    When did Thailand adopt democracy? Tik-tok, tik-tok, tik-tok……..

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 11:56 am

    -> Fall. That’s the critical point. But it doesn’t seem so clear.

    2 december seems to be the end of the “legal” process (parties can’t add nothing to their defense after). It doesn’t mean that the verdict will be given on december 2 ?

    But anyway, your scenario is good I think.

    It joins mine : the only way for the gvt to survive : to announce right now the house dissolution and new elections (provided that all currents MPs could run, even with PPP dissolution, again it’s not clear).

  7. 7 FDL 28 November 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Just now the TV was showing the police arrest of several ALLEGED PAD members and the display of weapons (war armory) seized. And my immediate reaction was THIS IS STUPID. The whole thing was a set-up, I told myself.

    And why is that? It is because I COMPLETELY DISTRUST THE THAI POLICE!

    That was an epiphany. And it probably describes my own personal sentiment about all the rapid succeeding governments that transitioned after Thaksin (proxies and and more proxies). I do not trust the demagoguery of Chamlong/Sondhi PAD either.

    But I am surprised that even knowing Chamlong/Sondhi were committing unlawful acts . . . MY PERSONAL ANTAGONISM REMAINS AGAINST THE THAI POLICE.

    Why in the hell should I feel this way?

  8. 8 FDL 28 November 2008 at 12:15 pm

    One more point.

    Has it occurred to Somchai Wongsawat how he will look, how ridiculous he will look, that when the Thai police starts using truncheons and blood starts spilling at Suvaranabhumi/Don Muang airports – people will say PM Somchai Wongsawat was hiding at Chiengmai all this time.

    At least Mr. Somchai start acting as a chief when you direct your dogs to commit mayhem instead of sulking at Chiengmai!

  9. 9 chinesethai 28 November 2008 at 12:21 pm

    ThaiCrisis:

    My predictions…

    1. UDD Red Shirts will step up their “blood operation” because Dec 2 is approaching.

    2. Somchai Wongsawat and wife may be another couple, who will seek refuge outside Thailand. He may no longer fly down south to have an audience with HMK but westbound to Yangon or Naypyidaw to meet with Gen Than Shwe, Thaksin’s democratic friend, instead.

  10. 10 fall 28 November 2008 at 12:25 pm

    ChineseThai-
    When did Thailand adopt democracy?
    Hmm… when they signed Magna Carta? No, wait that’s Europe…
    Hmm… when Thai changed from absolute Monarchy to Democracy? No, wait all the umpteen coups are in the name of our lord…
    Sh*t, you lost me.

    ThaiCrisis-
    It doesn’t mean that the verdict will be given on december 2?
    NEED a lawyer to confirm on this. But judging from the following passage:
    “Party leaders or their representatives can file a petition if they disagree by December 2…”
    Logic would dictate that if party leaders disagree to what the court HAD agreed. Hence, read my lips.

    But if the government announce dissolution now, it would mean cave-in and accept seizing airport as a new norm for pressuring government to do something. Political survival above rule of law? Then they are no better than the PAD.

  11. 11 7T 28 November 2008 at 1:41 pm

    fall-

    When did Thailand adopt democracy? I don’t know this.

    but from what i gathered, many thais will fight to death not to adopt
    Thaksin absolute Hitler democracy.

    PS: new meaning of democracy
    if you issue me a visa you are democracy.
    if you revoke my visa, then you are NOT democracy


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