Abhisit humiliated by Red Shirts, trapped in a hotel in Pattaya

So how does it feel mister Abhisit ? To be the victim of… protests ? What a very cruel irony for a man who became Prime Minister thanks to… protests and illegal means (occupation of the Government’s House, of the airport etc.) !

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” . 😉

And a reader reminded me that actually, everything was “normal” now in Thailand. Who said that ? Abhisit in London last week (at the G20 meeting).

And he added : “political stability has returned now in the country”.

One week ago…

What ? You’re speechless ? Me too, of course. But wait 15 pico seconds, and a simple word will come up in your brain : CLOWN. 😉 A very appropriate word indeed.

Hundreds of protesters trapped Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva inside a beach hotel for several hours, raising tensions ahead of a key Asian summit being held here later this week.

About 400 red-clad supporters of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra surrounded the hotel in the resort town of Pattaya where Abhisit was holding a cabinet meeting amid tight security, an AFP reporter said.

British-born Abhisit had moved Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to Pattaya because Thaksin loyalists have blockaded the main government offices in Bangkok for nearly two weeks to press for fresh elections.

The protesters dispersed and allowed Abhisit to leave after about three hours, but the incident further upped the ante in a long-running feud between Thaksin’s loyalists and Abhisit’s nearly four-month-old government.

Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon had earlier managed to evade the protesters by escaping from a side entrance used by suppliers to the luxury hotel
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(AFP)

Reality always come back with a vengeance. Reality can’t be discarded, can’t be dressed up.

It’s one thing to try to create a fantasy to gain face… and it’s another one to be able to handle the situation on the ground.

No, mister Abhisit the situation is not “normal”. No, the political stability hasn’t returned. Zero, NIL, nada. The country is divided. The stakes are very high, and it’s likely that the situation is going to get worse.

To aknowledge the reality is the first step toward wisdom and political courage.

Obviously, Abhisit is not ready.

17 Responses to “Abhisit humiliated by Red Shirts, trapped in a hotel in Pattaya”


  1. 1 World Insanity 7 April 2009 at 9:07 am

    THAI PM’s CAR ATTACKED AFTER CABINET MEETING
    Protesters attacked a car carrying Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday as a minister warned that opposition elements wanted to cause chaos at a big rally this week in a bid to topple the government.

    Abhisit was unhurt, but a window in his car was smashed when a group of red-shirted demonstrators surrounded the vehicle in Pattaya, a resort town where the cabinet held its weekly cabinet meeting.

    Some 40-50 protesters caught up with Abhisit’s motorcade when it was stuck near a traffic light.

    TV footage showed one protester smashing the station wagon’s back window with a motorcycle helmet, while others hit it with sticks, shouting abuse at the prime minister.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSBKK435482

  2. 2 Leopold 7 April 2009 at 10:11 am

    Well… they went as far as trying to attack him and pulling his driver out of the car.
    http://nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30099819/Abhisits-vehicle-attacked-by-red-shirted-protester

  3. 3 Tarrin 7 April 2009 at 11:31 am

    Huh Leopold i read the article, didnt see where it said the red pull the driver out, can u please quote that?

    Anyway, thaksin got treat the same way back in Paragon as well as somchai at TOT, maybe we have to reminded those that want na be a prime minister that their part time job will be running from angry mobs

  4. 4 InPhuket 7 April 2009 at 11:49 am

    But.. wait… I thought everything was “Normal” here in Thailand. I’m confused… help me please TC. 🙂

  5. 5 DavidB 7 April 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Tarrin, if its what I just witnesed on the Thai news, it was a lot worse than those incedents you mention.
    It was more akin to that crazy red woman, hurling abuse and endiung up on YouTube- without the humor.
    Then again, it’s only the “canon fodder” red and yellow shirts – no one sees behind the colours at the complex bigger issues.

  6. 6 fall 7 April 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Congratulation, Abhisit! You are about the be the lucky PM who goes down in history as living in his personal bubble in the turmoil time. How does it feel to have history remember you as pretty-boy-puppet-with-no-brain?

    But to be fair, he is just a puppet. How could a puppet possibly be ready for anything other than a pull of the string?

  7. 7 Lothar 7 April 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Good lesson for this scumbag.

    He should really realize that the people are already looking for the rigt hanging tree if he continues to do wrong.

    But i believe Abhisit still believes that he is the “good” one. Why are there so many people who gets total blind about there environment when they feel power.

  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 7 April 2009 at 3:08 pm

    The fundamental thing that thai politicians don’t have is humility. Real humility. Not the bullshit humility they love to show in public.

    Abhisit thought he could outsmart the thai people, and… the world.

    He wanted us to swallow the red pill (or the blue one ? I never remember).

    Then, second mistake, obvious again, he started to appreciate the pomp of the power (“darling ! I touched Obama ! He even talked to me for 5 seconds.”)

    Those 2 factors lead to the bubble, to lies and to hypocrisy.. And make him look like a real fool.

    I stick to my bet : Abhisit is finished.

    What was looking last december like a great tactical move from the military/conservators (to push this young politician to the front) is about to turn into a nightmare.

    Abhisit has no vision, no courage. And he can’t be respected. He’s a mere nominee, a puppet like other people say.

    He’s just a smart kid.

    But soon, he will cry for mama.

    [I would like to repeat to my dear readers : don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any respect for Abhisit, it’s true. I certainly don’t hide it. 😉

    But it doesn’t mean that I had respect for Thaksin, Surayud and the Junta, Samak (oh my god Samak…), Somchai. I’m not fighting for one side. I’m just reacting like a normal westerner who likes Thailand and who is sad to see the path the country is on.

    Just browse the archives of my blog : you’ll see that I was pounding the Junta and Samak before. Exactly like for Abhisit]

  9. 9 Leopold 7 April 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Tarrin: Perhaps, it was my fault for not citing the other source I got that part from, but it’s all over the news now. Like DavidB said, it was pretty bad. While you guys are having fun belittling Mark, what will the general public think of the red shirts now?

  10. 10 InPhuket 7 April 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Abhisit: “I’m more democratic than Thaksin”

    http://nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30099728/PM–I%27m-more-democratic-than-Thaksin

    …stupid me, I always thought democracy is when you get voted into office by the citizens of the country.

    How long does this guy think people will believe his BS?
    Amazing Thailand!

  11. 11 dooda 8 April 2009 at 1:55 am

    three things noticeable about this event

    1. the security for PM is really bad, he could have been assasinated easily if anyone wants to do it

    2. the traffic police put on the red lights on a PM motorcade, more weird is also that the traffic police should also have seen the group of reds nearby but still put on the red traffic light

    3. the offender when interrogated by police at police station was allowed to go for cigarette and he runs away succesfful!

  12. 12 beach boy 8 April 2009 at 2:32 am

    I agree with TC that there is no one worth of respect in this land for the past few years. Whose fault is it, Thaksin’s or Prem’s ? It is sad but someone will be held responsible and historians of different colors are drafting their work now.

  13. 13 observer 8 April 2009 at 3:55 am

    If you watch the video from this event, you can easily see that the police doesn´t look much comitted in preventing Abhisit. This is a good sign and gives hope for Thailand

  14. 14 thaichris 8 April 2009 at 4:04 am

    The current problem is that the entire issues are attached to person’s and not to political directions. The RED will accept only a governement which is lead by Thaksin or a person nominated by Thaksin, the YELLOW will never tolerate a government lead by Thaksin or a person nominated by Thaksin. Even if Barack Obama would be the PM of Thailand there would be protets by either side.

    The only way out is that Thaksin get’s out of the picture. If you take the aspect of Thaksin out of the picture RED and YELLOW have a lot in common. Both kicked ofnew political discussions and a call for change. You can not put YELLOW into the ‘establishment’ corner only. There are a lot of union memebrs and student active within YELLOW which want to change the current political system in Thailand to be more dmocratic and less corrupt. And on the RED side there are people engaged representing the farmers and the poor which did that already before Thaksin started his political career and will continue to push for political changes even when Thaksin is not there any more.

    I agree with TC that RED (and YELLOW) started a movement which will end in a dramatric change of the political landscape in Thailand. Thaksin is upholding that change, because as long as he try to make a political comback, the YELLOW will support any movement which is against Thasksin. Today they support the Democratic Party and Abhisit but they are not happy with them at all. As soon as Thaksin is definitally gone, they will turn against the current governement and YELLOW togetehr with RED- (red minus Thaksin) will establish a new political order in no time.

    The favorite of the YELLOW by the way is Kasit and not Abhisit.

  15. 15 sammy 8 April 2009 at 4:06 am

    InPhuket
    7 April 2009 at 6:07 pm
    Abhisit: “I’m more democratic than Thaksin”

    …stupid me, I always thought democracy is when you get voted into office by the citizens of the country.
    >

    Abhisit was voted into office. In a parlimentary system the prime minister is elected by the parliment, not the people. Same as Europe, etc.

    >
    >
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    dooda
    8 April 2009 at 1:55 am
    three things noticeable about this event

    1. the security for PM is really bad, he could have been assasinated easily if anyone wants to do it

    2. the traffic police put on the red lights on a PM motorcade, more weird is also that the traffic police should also have seen the group of reds nearby but still put on the red traffic light

    3. the offender when interrogated by police at police station was allowed to go for cigarette and he runs away succesfful!

    >

    Police are on Thaksin’s payroll. About 80% are loyal to Thaksin because he made money for them when he was in office. Fortunately, the reds know if they assasinate Abhisit they are finished. Luckily for Abhisit the yellows need him at the top so he does not have to worry about Ides of March.

  16. 16 Tarrin 8 April 2009 at 7:31 am

    Sammy –

    The problem with “I’m more democratic than Thaksin” statement is that, democracy has no degree you see, its either you are or you aint, simple as that.

    By all mean, Abhisit get the vote in the parliament because Newin camp except the bribe from the dem/military and switch side so, is that make him more democratic than Thaksin??

    And about the police,

    Tell me, if you are a police who got stab, beat down, and run over by a car during the 7th of october last year, will you seriously considering supporting Abhisit who, on the other hand, got support from those people??

  17. 17 Alpha 10 April 2009 at 5:00 am

    We want real democracy back. Apisit was not an elected by Thai population, we will never excepted,if he wanted to be one, he will need to disslove and re-elected. He is just a puphet of Prem ( the military and the Privy Council president), behind of big corruptions in thailand since dacades.


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