Police : “We will definitely not use violence”. And Somchai : “We will definitely not return to Bangkok”

Pol Maj Gen Piya Sorntrakul, deputy commissioner of the Police Provincial Bureau 1, said Friday that police would not use violence to try to end the protest at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

“We are careful about steps to be taken,” Piya said.

We will definitely not use violence but we will follow every step of the law and will negotiate with the protesters. We are all Thais so talk should be the best policy. (Nation)

That’s the quote of the day !

Airports besieged = State of emergency = no violence.

It’s perfect. With such an equation, I think people stranded in Bangkok can already book their tickets on horses, carts, buses, cars, and bicycles to get out of the country. πŸ˜‰

The PAD must be really scared. And will probably leave the airports at once. It’s the magic of the words. A thai speciality.

As for Somchai, the alleged Prime Minister, I wrote last night (sorry to quote myself). : “The line between a stratego zen master and a total clown without any credibility starts to be very, very thin here… ”

Is there a line anymore ? πŸ˜‰

It seems that the police, the army… all those people are not really following his orders.

Furthermore :

“As there are still uncertainties in the tensions between the government and army, for his safety the prime minister will stay in Chiang Mai,” government spokesman Suparat Nakbunnam said.

He has no schedule to return to Bangkok, he will stay in Chiang Mai indefinitely for his security,” Suparat said. (Bangkok Post)

He fears a coup. How the security forces can follow his orders, when he’s hidding in the north like a coward ?

A word pop-up on the front page of Bangkok Post, and I like it very much : “inept”.

Ineptitude, indeed.

17 Responses to “Police : “We will definitely not use violence”. And Somchai : “We will definitely not return to Bangkok””

  1. 1 Lardprao 28 November 2008 at 5:48 am

    TC the latest news from BkkPost says our valiant Thai PM had decided to relocate his seat of government at Chiengmai. Heh heh.

    What should we call Somchai’s government that’s terribly shy and timid?

  2. 2 Rockderk the Great 28 November 2008 at 5:50 am

    What can you say about a group of thugs who take over the airport, ruining the trips of thousands of travellers and achieving nothng? What can you say about a PM who declares a state of emergency and then scurries off to the other end of the country while Rome burns. And what can you say about a police force riddled with corruption which is unable to maintain control of its own officers, let alone law and order. Goodbye comes to mind….

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 5:58 am

    … And “good luck”.

  4. 4 thaichris 28 November 2008 at 6:11 am

    This is Thailand !!!

    Stay for a while and you get used to. And still everybody want’s to come to Thailand and settle here. Why ??? Because it is at it is !!!

  5. 5 Gloomy Observer 28 November 2008 at 6:19 am

    You can say “civil war”

  6. 6 Wrongfred 28 November 2008 at 6:27 am

    yes we are having a civil war but a soft one.

  7. 7 Wrongfred 28 November 2008 at 7:00 am

    Looks like if the police and army do nothing then the Redshirts will do and there will be a lot of violence.

  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 7:02 am

    It’s indeed a risk… And maybe, this is exactly what some people want…

  9. 9 Wrongfred 28 November 2008 at 7:56 am

    regardless what happens this as detroyed Thailand’s image badly for years to come. I bet those tourists who are trapped in this mess will have seconds thoughts about coming back to Thailand again next time. 😦

  10. 10 tsr 28 November 2008 at 8:15 am

    I have been here on business for 6 weeks with 2 more to go. I’m having serious second thoughts about my scheduled return in January for 4 more weeks. It is the ineptitude of the govt/police/military to be in control that is most worrisome. Sad really.

  11. 11 dooda 28 November 2008 at 8:27 am

    wrongfred, i am optimistic that effect on tourism will not be long term and people will soon forget about the Suvarnmbhumi incident. Thailand is very popular destination, winning awards many years over and over again and this year winning many awards as before, eg. voted best tourist country 2008 in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Bangkok voted best city 2008 by readers of famous magazines like “travel and leisure” and “conde nast”.

    for list of awards: http://www.tatnews.org/tat_news/award.asp#2

    so, i think the airport incident will not have long-term effect. In NY, the financial symbol of World Trade Centre destroyed totally by brutal terrorist causing thousands of death, and after that on-going rumors of further terrrorists plots, which overall that incident much more severe than Suvarnabhumi incident, but not long after people still go to New York because its a great city for them.

  12. 12 Fish 28 November 2008 at 9:11 am

    I agree dooda people forget very quickly, also the shocking news in India is taking most of the news away from anything in Thailand..

    People that know Thailand more than just a few weeks hoilday just take it as the way it is here.

    Funny thing is i decided to be in Thailand instead of the Philippines because i thought Thailand to be less “mental” than there, starting to wonder if that thought was un fair to the Phils..

    At least the government acted not long ago there when that hotel was taken over in an attempt to throw the government,

    What the next thing will be the Southern Muslims have seen how easy it has been to breech the airports so called security and the complete incompetence of the so called police in Bangkok.. The boys in there various coloured uniforms are a insult to the word police..

  13. 13 chinesethai 28 November 2008 at 9:37 am

    As I foresaw earlier, Somchai’s state of emergency could probably end up the same way as did that of Samak.

    The army doesn’t respond.
    The police also doesn’t respond.
    None of the security forces function.

    Do you agree with me that Pro-Thaksin UDD street fighters are now the Thai Gov’s functioning security force?

  14. 14 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 9:40 am

    Nope… Because we didn’t see them… at work. Yet.

    We can’t assume their motivation, their number, etc.

    In any case, the army is waiting this moment.

    We know since a long time that blood will be spilled.

    It’s terrible to say that, but it’s probably the only possible outcome.

  15. 15 ray 28 November 2008 at 12:05 pm

    thailand is the place to be.. i agree with dooda that the effect on tourism will be shortlived. soemone mentioned mumbai many westerners were killed. in bangkok the political situation since 25th may 2008 when the protests started zero foreigners were killed or harmed. the tourist stranded are in wrong place wrong time. the thais are clearing house. there is a vacuum of power and its crystal clear now.

  16. 16 Hoktula 28 November 2008 at 4:05 pm


    ineptitude or whatever …

    I’d like very much to hear your suggestion of what is NOT ineptitude ? what would you do in this situation? πŸ˜‰

  17. 17 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I would surrender, I would accept the fact that I’m fighting against something more powerful than me.

    I would not go to Peru to kiss llamas, I would not play a “matador” character when obviously I control nothing. I would not rely on people like Chalerm and Samak. I would ban this kind of people from my party. I would aknowledge the crimes of my brother-in-law (south, drug campaign).

    I would take responsability. I would try to show some leadership qualities, instead of calling my brother-in-law to ask him what to do (for the pastas, cooking time is 8 or 10 minutes for al dente ?)

    Basically, I would try to do many different things in many different ways than Somchai. Hard work, I agree.

    Anyway, I might be wrong, but I think the gvt has lost -in any case- the battle.
    Read here :

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