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.
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.