(9 December) Weeks into their campaign to unseat the government, the aims and demands of the anti-government protesters remain unclear.
After weeks of intense street campaign organised by People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King as Head of State (PCAD), which saw the occupation of several governmental offices and violent clashes, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was finally forced to announce her intention to dissolve the House and call new election earlier this morning.
PCAD secrety-general and former Democrat MP, Suthep Thaugsuban, simply refused to call off the protests and continued to march on Government House.
He later told the crowd the victory is not secure yet, and that he will not stop the fights until “Thaksin Regime” is completely uprooted and an unelected ′People′s Council′ established to rule the country. Mr. Suthep also insisted that Ms. Yingluck cannot stay even as a caretaker Prime Minister.
However, his demand for ′People′s Council′ has been ruled out repeatedly by Pheu Thai leadership, including Ms. Yingluck herself, on the ground that no provision in the Constitution allows such body to be formed. Likewise, the Constitution also clearly stated that the current Prime Minister must retain his or her position until the next election.
Furthermore, Mr. Suthep had never explained the concept of his ′People′s Council′ in great details. He had vaguely described it as a body with representatives from various occupations. Earlier tonight, Mr. Suthep said the ′People′s Council′ would be a part of an even bigger Prachapiwat (People′s Glorious Revolution) – yet another term that he did not elaborate.
After a long-winded litany of untruths, half-truths, and outright lies …
Therefore, PDRC, comprised of Thai Citizens from all walks of life, cannot allow the political tyranny under the guise of majority rule and crony, monopolistic capitalism, collude to use parliamentary dictatorship to betray the trust of the people, destroy the balance of democratic and sovereign power, and to commit acts to assume and consolidate power contrary to democratic traditions and values. When a sitting government, whose responsibility is to uphold the public’s interest, betrays the trust of its people and uses its powers for the personal benefits and gains of Thaksin, his family and cronies, such a government clearly violates the social contract between the people and itself. Therefore the people have the right to reject the authority of these representatives.
Therefore, as Article 3 of the Thai Constitution states, “the Sovereign Power Resides with the Thai People”, we hereby declare that we, as people who aspire for justice and freedom, have come together in a show of power unprecedented in Thai history, have the duty to protect the principles of democracy and the constitution. We therefore exercise our rights to reclaim our sovereign power from the said political groups back to the Thai people. Through this People’s Reformation, we, the people have chosen to act to reform the country, eliminate the damaging effects of corruption, and ensure justice and fairness to all sectors of society.
… their ‘rights to power’ are self-evident, to themselves. They’re genetic. Only a minority can rule, because only a minority of the human race are ‘real people’. The rest are ‘slaves’. The minority specialize in the inhuman use of other human beings.
The people who claim to support democracy in this world need to make clear that yet another coup in Thailand … whether by tank, by court, by black-shirted mob, by hook, or by crook … will not be recognized.
Democracy is effected via popular elections, not by coups. Elective governments always ‘need work’ … but there is no alternative means for representative government.
Here in Thailand – although the MSM is lined up with Suthep and the fascists – not all academics line up with the black shirts : Scholars denounce ‘People’s Council’ plan
“Let’s obtain political reform and good governance through democratic means.”
Where there’s light there’s hope. I hope that the Thai masses, including the middle class, will come to their senses and step back from Suthep and the abyss.