There have been intelligence reports of possible acts of sabotage during the weekend rally by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), but people should not panic, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday. (Bangkok Post)
Hot, cold… Abhisit is not a great tactician. At best, he’s losing his nerves. At worst, he uses pathetic old tricks.
And what about the story about massive weapons theft ? Allegedly “6000 rifles” and explosives stolen last week in the South. Since then, no news.
A few days of cover up before to publish this news, then some accusations (Red Shirts could be involved, according to the gvt), then another silence (absolutely zero follow up on this amazing and scary story, even by thai standards it’s striking)… this is not really a good way to manage people’s mood.
And what about this one :
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban on Wednesday said security forces have been alerted to monitor 30 to 40 areas in the capital that might be targetted for bomb attacks. (Nation)
Should we panic ? Yes I know, Suthep and Abhisit are not members of the same government. 😉
The prime minister denied suggestions the government was trying plant news stories about possible violence, saying that would be pointless.
Pointless ? On the contrary, it would make perfectly sense.
The prime minister reiterated his warning that the red-shirts’ real objective was something beyond a House dissolution, so people should think carefully before taking part in the rally.
Again Abhisit is lost : he says “don’t panic” and then 2 sentences after, he states that the real target of the rally is “beyond” a simple and perfectly peaceful political event, aka a House dissolution. So ? Just a lunch on the grass, and games for the children during a sunny sunday afternoon ? Or something much… sinister ?
Could we call this a proper crisis management ?
Abhisit should just shut his mouth. Sometimes silence is a better option than speaking like a headless and panicked chicken.
And by the way, if you really don’t want to panic… then you might read this :
Members of Thaksin Shinawatra’s immediate family have left or are leaving the country ahead of this weekend’s rally by supporters of the fugitive former prime minister. (Bangkok Post)
😉 Obviously, some people are panicked.