Abhisit loses face as Court says : “you already have power to evict protesters, why do you ask us ?”

The Civil Court on Monday refused to issue an injunction to force red-shirt protesters to leave Ratchaprasong intersection as requested by the government.

The court reasoned that the director of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) already has the authority under the Internal Security Act, which has been imposed in the capital, to order red-shirts out of the area without having to seek the court injunction.

The court explained that the ISA empowers the Isoc director to prevent activities that affect national stability and the director has the right to carry out actions that would bring the country back to normalcy.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is the director of Isoc.

Protesters who were still occupying the intersection cheered loudly upon hearing the court’s decision.

Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan said this is the victory of the red-shirts and justice has been served. (Bangkok Post)

Unstoppable. Abhisit is so totally freaked out… and so hypocrite that he’s losing his nerves and making big mistakes.

His government imposed the ISA, a special law that allows the security apparatus to… well maintain order. It’s a PC version of the state of emergency.

But the problem is : ISA is dirty. It wouldn’t be very nice, very friendly to see army units marching on  thousands of protesters, sitting peacefully on the streets. So, instead, let’s ask a… Court.

Abhisit tries to hide behind a Court, to avoid his own responsabilities.

He tries to avoid this :

(pictures taken during last april riots)

From a tactical point of views, the Red Shirts have made great progress since last april…

The government is in a dead-end position when confronted to thousand of protesters sitting “Gandhi style”. If the Red Shirts manage to keep the pressure on the long run then Abhisit is going to be in a real hot bed.

8 Responses to “Abhisit loses face as Court says : “you already have power to evict protesters, why do you ask us ?””


  1. 1 Bodhisattva 6 April 2010 at 1:24 am

    Yes, history is being made in Bangkok these day´s.

    TC, have you changes your mind about the possible success of the Red´s shirt to get Abhisit to dissolve parliment?

    Or do you still think that nothing will happen until after the Royal Succession?

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 6 April 2010 at 2:07 am

    I’m totally lost.

    But I stick to my “royal succession bias” (since the opening of this blog, AKA june 2007).

    I mean : despite long protests, even violence, it would be impossible for the military apparus to tolerate fresh elections… The country is over-polarized. Therefore, people would rush to vote, like a big “referendum”. Even people who dislike Thaksin for instance, would vote “against” Abhisit and therefore “for” the opposition etc.

    Plus the fact that the military apparatus (and their puppets the Democrat Party) can’t win general elections. Do the maths, it’s impossible.

    So, they can rely only on :
    -delays (and continuous volatility)
    -mafia bargaining (like the Frankenstein Coalition with the infamous Newin)
    -or (last card) plain action, AKA a coup.

  3. 3 antipadshist 6 April 2010 at 5:11 am

    it looks like protest rallies are good for business too ! 🙂

    Anti-riot arsenal piles up

    “A vast arsenal of anti-riot equipment – worth 243 million baht – has been bought or ordered since the ISA was invoked more than three weeks ago.”

  4. 4 thaichris 6 April 2010 at 8:23 am

    @TC

    A big part of the current supporters for the Democratic Party would defect the to ‘New Politics Part’ and not to ‘Pue Thai’. I suspect that even after new elections we still would have the 50 / 50 situation between pro and contra Thaksin. And whatever side win’s, the other side will come out in street protest to force new elections.

    You wrote:

    … If the Red Shirts manage to keep the pressure on the long run then Abhisit is going to be in a real hot bed …

    I would say:

    Not only Abhisit would be in a hot bed but the entire country will suffer. If the governement surrenders un-conditionaly into the requests of the ‘red’ and dissolve the parliament within 15 days (and maybe disolve the Democratic Party as requested in the latest statements from the ‘red’) the country will become impossible to govern. In order to re-install ‘law and order’ it will end up in a dictatorship from either side. And again the ‘poor’ people will suffer because they have to remain in a ruined country while the ‘rich’ always hav options to ‘buy’ themself out.

    If the red’s really whant to help the ‘poor’ they should come up with some concret positive suggestion what should be changed. Just dissolve the parliament, new elections, bringing back Thaksin and dissolving the Democratic Party will not be enough. As long as the ‘red’ don’t have a political program for the future of Thailand, they will not be considered to bring the country forward. You might disagree with the ‘yellow’ but they at least have a clear plan how to change Thailand. They also make this plan public and everybody in this country can be for it or against it. The ‘red’ are not there yet.

  5. 5 fall 6 April 2010 at 9:01 am

    I this appeal to court was just a card played by Abhisit, not an act of desperation. Sure, may be he is afraid of getting his hand dirtied, but do he have a choice?

    Remember, it is not his government, but Suthep’s and Prem’s. And I would not bet on Abhisit winning the next election for the Dem. His use as a puppet had come to an end, so why not use him for last dirty job then discard?

    Next Dem’s puppet leader probably be Apirak or Korn, with Suthep as the real PM of course.

  6. 6 antipadshist 6 April 2010 at 10:05 am

    UPDATE Tue 6 April with more photos ! 😀

    Inspired by Korn’s example , Obama also has finally decided to show his true color and genuine sympathies.

    It has been noticed for a while that Obama is secretly expressing his solidarity with Red-shirts at least in some elements of his dress.

    Now it looks like there is no any more concealing the fact that he
    himself, his wife,
    daughter are red-shirts !

    more than that – apparently he has already subverted into red-shirts Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi and even Nancy Reagan !

    So, today he has arrived to Bangkok along with … Pope Benedict, Tiger Woods, some other fellow Africans and his own Red-shirts team and joined Red-shirts rally.

  7. 7 Anonymous 6 April 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Abhisit must be desperate now because on the 20th, the EC promised to announce its decision to dissolve Democrat Party for illegal party donation. He is therefore trying hard today to remove the red shirts’ stage at Rajprasong but so far unsuccessful. This is bad omen because today is the Democrat Party’s 64th founding anniv.

  8. 8 antipadshist 7 April 2010 at 7:44 pm

    TC

    He tries to avoid this :

    looks like once again he couldn’t (or didn’t want to?) avoid it.

    Emergency is declared, rumors of tanks on the streets overnight


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Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

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