Revolutionary Thaksin : “In the next few days we will see real change”

Fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra called by telephone to around 15,000 supporters still camped out at Government House on Saturday night.

“I thank the Red Shirts in Pattaya who showed strength,” he told the crowd.

“In the next few days we will see real change. Red Shirts in Bangkok and elsewhere must now act immediately so that we can change our country.” (Bangkok Post)

Another phone call… like previous nights… And Thaksin goes bolder. Saturday was his day.

The Pattaya circus has been a striking disaster for Abhisit, the government, and the security forces… The damages are tremendous for Thailand’s image (BP compiled some quotes from foreign media).

Questions start to arise : how could it happen ? How a few thousands of Red Shirts have managed to send the whole Asean Summit in total disarray, total chaos ?

Indeed. It shows, indirectly, the scale of the problem we have : contrary to public belief, police, army… are not homogenous groups… Like the whole thai society, they are divided too !

It’s the only rational explanation, if you put on the side their total incompetence and the total incompetence of the government of course…

After warning of “revolution by the people” last week (read here), now Thaksin is calling for real change… in a few days. We’ll see.

But it’s laughable to read some comments in the media about a “losse for both sides”. Of course not. Saturday in Pattaya, the Red Shirts have clearly scored (and way beyond their expectations). No discussion, no need a referee.

Now we are waiting for Abhisit to go back to the locker room.

The game is over for him.

17 Responses to “Revolutionary Thaksin : “In the next few days we will see real change””


  1. 1 antipadshist 12 April 2009 at 12:23 am

    “Questions start to arise : how could it happen ? ”

    to me it is pretty obvious:

    it happened because of Suthep’s STUPIDITY !
    he has overdone it, with his oh so clever designs to use the fabled “third party”, aka “normal local citizens” as so called “security”. πŸ™‚

    he wanted to implicate the Reds without implicating himself as top Security authority and army / police supposedly answerable to him.

    instead he has created a TOTAL MESS.
    he should have let Arisman lead his Reads away from Hotel on Fri eveing, after they handled over to Summit management their letter of protest and giving their promise NOT to disrupt the Summit !

    this proves that he was TOTALLY out of touch with actual state of affairs, having no any communication neither with protesters nor even with autorities who received Arisman’s letter of protest. he was very well in touch though with Newin and his “Blue boys” ! πŸ˜€
    even Nation has already reported on that. BP has some photos too.

    Suthep – such a nice “security” chief, huh ? complete Moron !

    Abhisit though doesn’t have balls to punish Suthep properly.

    and of course Thai “media” woudln’t blame him either.

  2. 2 boonchuay 12 April 2009 at 3:34 am

    Thaksin who leads the movement to sabotage current Thai government and the country and destroy the chance for improving Thai economy, is highly disapproved by majority of Thai people. So his little chance become nil to return to power. Since he is condemned by most Thai people.
    Pity you Thaksin, hard to believe that a previous PM could that to his country. They don’t want him to be a Thai citizen anymore.

  3. 3 DavidB 12 April 2009 at 5:01 am

    TC, do you care to make a prediction, rather than dwell on putting all your bile and vitriole on to events which are already old news ?
    Mind you, I am not game to do it either.
    But, we are nearing the Matrix stage, where there are 2 options:
    1. Mark makes a miraculous comeback and kicks the winning goal on the siren.
    2. HE returns (not that HE ever went away, I suppose?)……….
    And, of course there is another and totally unpredictable event, which could make all this specualtion useless…..

  4. 4 Thai Insanity 12 April 2009 at 5:04 am

    Red-shirt leader Arisman arrested

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism/140327/red-shirt-leader-arisman-arrested

    Authorities on Sunday morning announced the arrest of senior red-shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong.

  5. 5 Prokster 12 April 2009 at 5:05 am

    And it looks as if he is up for a fight…atleast round 2 anyway. Not easy to arrest this lot….and the attempt will be the catalyst for a blockage across large parts of the country, including BKK.
    Aphisit can not win by conventional means. Expect total chaos at an intersection near you.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 12 April 2009 at 5:35 am

    DavidB : do you want the blue pill ? Or the red one ?

  7. 7 DavidB 12 April 2009 at 5:54 am

    TC, I think I need BOTH !

  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 12 April 2009 at 6:19 am

    Well… I’m afraid I just have the green one for you.

    Abhisit is finished. Small, lost, inaudible. And soon betrayed. His turn… Case closed.

    Now, what is surprising is : the timing. Why Thaksin launched the offensive, with his speech against Privy Council and then the daily “phone calls” to support the Red ?

    Why now ?

    He had 2 years to go crazy, to lose his patience, to go on mode “let’s fight nothing to lose”…

    So why NOW ?

    Well if you like the Matrix, you could think that Thaksin feels or knows something that we don’t.

    Something related to the palace ?

  9. 9 hobby 12 April 2009 at 6:21 am

    If reports of what Arisaman said after leading the storming the hotel of ‘hunting down Abhisit and doing what they like with him’ or words to that effect are true, then it’s hardly surprising that he has at least been taken into custody for questioning.

    Yes, I know PAD leaders were left alone, but the this is a new government and the errors have to stop somewhere/sometime.

    Speaking of ERRORS it would be another error if Abhisit did not immediately seek to make some genuine reconciliation moves, such as removing Kasit, initiating political reform and accepting the amnesty bill for debate.

  10. 10 DavidB 12 April 2009 at 6:36 am

    I don’t think a pill of any colour will work. And, don’t even think of bringing T-shirts into this!
    Your speculation on what’s going on elsewhere in town (or down the coast a bit) could have some relevance – especially seeing there have been no words uttered – as in previous times.
    Now there’s a vague statement for only those who know…..time for my medication.

  11. 11 Mythbuster 12 April 2009 at 8:21 am

    What do you think a guy like Suthep knows about what the hell is going on in this country?

    All they know is : next Mia Noi, Next Benz, Next bribe and Next bowdown.

  12. 12 antipadshist 12 April 2009 at 9:00 am

    right now on “Nation Chanau” on TV they mention that all the soldiers are holding real weapons now, Abhisit approved the use of weapons. Nation website reported today that some guns were already fired “to the sky” at Interior Ministry. well, it is not too long before guns will be lowered and fired not to the sky.

    apparently Army is pulling in to Bangkok.

    so, Anupong might be silent – but not passive !

    Hobby – durely you don’t seriously believe that Abhisit & Suthep any capable of “genuine reconciliation moves” ? πŸ˜‰

    first they’ve arranged silly arrest of “attempted plot” to kill Chanchai, even BEFORE the Wed Apr 8th. yesterday Thanong in his “blog” (what a surprised – todya it is an Editorial Column already! :O ) implied that the plot was Reds’ actually.

    then they used Blue to create this whole mess.
    hardly a “genuine reconciliation move” was that, huh?

    Abhisit is gutless clown. Suthep “Thug” (Thugsuban is his last name after all :D) is a shamless moron.

    so, no any “genuine reconciliation moves” are visible on the horizon !

  13. 13 commons 12 April 2009 at 9:25 am

    i guess u all can read it elsewhere. just to keep thread up2date. here’s nation, today, apr12. let’s mark the day:

    Jatuporn calls red-shirts to descend on Bangkok to bring down Govt

    Jatuporn Promphan Sunday urged red-shirted protesters to rise up against the government and attack Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban as first sight.

    He said there was no longer rule of law so the red-shirted people would attack the government.

    He claimed that he had been arrested by the military to the Naresuan base in Prachuap Khiri Khan but red-shirted supporters in the base secured his release and sent him to the rally site at the Government House again.

    Jatuporn urged red-shirted protesters to travel to Bangkok or seize provincial halls.

  14. 14 commons 12 April 2009 at 10:18 am

    @antipadshist:

    i wonder what u propose? kill everybody & then we all can start to live as a happy human family?

  15. 16 commons 12 April 2009 at 10:43 am

    nyt

    Filed at 5:57 a.m. ET

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s embattled government, humiliated by demonstrators who shut down a 16-nation Asian summit, declared a state of emergency in the capital Sunday and ordered armored vehicles into the streets to stem a tide of protest across the country.

    Bands of anti-government protesters roamed areas of Bangkok as the emergency decree was announced, with some smashing a car they believed was carrying Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and others beating up motorists who hurled insults at them.

    The protesters also commandereed public buses to try to block several major roads.

    The emergency decree bans gatherings of more than five people, forbids news reports considered threatening to public order and allows the government to call up military troops to quell unrest.

    But there were initial signs that the government might not be able to contain the protesters.

    Associated Press reporters saw red-shirted demonstrators swarm over two of three armored personnel carriers outside a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok, while police stood by as a furious crowd beat a car inwhich they thought Abhisit was riding with poles, rocks and even flower pots.

    ::: they’ve more @ http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/04/12/world/AP-AS-Thailand-Politics.html?hp

  16. 17 commons 12 April 2009 at 1:25 pm

    @ all…:

    quoting antipadshist:

    “Abhisit is gutless clown.”

    i wonder u wanna be god?

    u know how to bring this country to peace?

    u not only know but u also have the means to implement a perfect universe — depending on ur opinion. & i’m sorry most ppl will disagree w ur opinion. it’s just natural. what u do about that?

    imho, abhisit, is no1. kids, wake up: if u want democratic change u’d support abhisit giving him more power to implement policies. instead u wine — i want the whole cake & i want it now!

    even if he resigns, dissolves parliament, thaksin comes back & mob rules thailand for next decade. — i don’t see u’ve _ANY_ alternative to show.


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