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Asia-Pacific Left activists say 'No to another coup in Thailand!'

May 23, 2014 - We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the latest coup d'ιtat staged by Thai military under the leadership of Prayuth Chan-ocha.
The current coup, which took place almost eight years after 2006 coup, will do nothing to enhance democracy and social justice in Thailand, instead it will only tighten the grip of dictatorial rule and attempt to crush any democratic institution that exist. The army has already started its crackdown on media and the internet, and has arrested people who oppose the coup.

The coup is set to protect the interests of the section of Thai ruling class who want to reduce the democratic space in order to consolidate its power. The military junta in Thailand has no interest in bringing about free and fair elections to solve the political crisis, and certainly will not protect freedom of expression, which it sees as a threat to its rule.

The Thai military has been notorious for ruthless crackdowns on democratic movements, for instance, the bloody massacre of Red Shirt pro-democracy protests in 2010.

Hence, we demand:

- Immediate repeal of martial law in Thailand.

- Restoration of the election process to let the people of Thailand choose their future government democratically.

- Stop the crackdown and arrest of political dissidents in Thailand and free all the political prisoners.

- The governments of ASEAN to get together to condemn and assert pressure to end the coup in Thailand.

- All governments to withdraw their ambassadors from Thailand as a demonstration that they do not recognise the military junta.


Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

Turn Left Thailand

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), Philippines

Socialist Alliance, Australia

Social Action for Change (SAC), Cambodia.

Awami Workers Party (Pakistan)

Thai Alliance for Human Rights -- Australia

One man's "Coup" is another man's.....? 23.May.2014 11:48

rAT

Without military intervention it was inevitable that rabid government supporters would end up slaughtering those demanding the ouster of their Dragon Lady "President" and new elections. They've been lobbing hand grenades into crowds all month. The "Red Shirts" are far too outgunned and much too civilized to take on, much less defend themselves against the highly organized paramilitary forces that cling to power. A civil war in Thailand would be inevitable, and that is intolerable because it could ignite the entire region into a firestorm. Strange how the Redshirts themselves welcome the intervention on one hand, but fear the final developments if the military can't at least arrange some civil discussions between the groups. Of course China's CCTV brands it a standard Coup D'etat by the military to seize total power. I doubt that. Thailand receives all it's military goodies from Uncle Sam, and won't risk biting the hand that feeds it by imitating Mussolini. This explains the USA's reluctance to outright condemn the intervention as some fascist maneuver for takeover. After all, the U.S. military just finished joint exercises with the Thai Navy a few months back. ps- Rumors abound that Malaysian Flight 370 was accidentally shot out of the sky during these joint US/Thai "training" maneuvers, and that the search was deliberately sent far off course. Crewmen on an oil rig in the area saw what appeared to be a plane exploding in the sky in the vicinity of the exercise. Sort of like a re-run of TWA Flight 800.

Modern 'Democracy' Is The Ultimate Great Fraud 23.May.2014 19:37

blues

Probably the real scoop on the Thailand's liberation:

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AltThaiNews — May 23, 2014 — Thailand: Coup Ousts US-Backed Dictator
 http://altthainews.blogspot.com/2014/05/thailand-coup-ousts-us-backed-dictator.html

(Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Life goes on as normal in Thailand's capital of Bangkok the day after the Royal Thai Army declared it was taking power from the diminished, ineffectual "caretaker government" Thursday. Businesses and offices were open as usual on Friday with no discernible difference for Thais. TV programming is expected to be returned to normal today as well.

The coup was carried out at the climax of half a year of massive and protracted street demonstrations against the proxy regime of billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra. Shinawatra was himself ousted in a coup in 2006 and has since fled the country, residing primarily in Dubai. With his formidable political machine left intact, however, he has been able to rule the country remotely through a series of nepotist-appointed proxies including his brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat, and his own sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

While the Western media continues portraying Shinawatra's various proxy regimes as "democratically elected governments," they are nothing of the sort. Shinawatra - a convicted criminal, neither on the ballot or even in the country but admittedly running his political party and those standing in for him as prime minister - is unelected and therefore a dictator.

Shinawatra's ability to continue running the country remotely, and even contest elections despite being a convicted criminal evading a two year jail sentence, multiple arrest warrants, and a growing list of pending court cases is due not only to his impunity within Thailand, but impunity he has enjoyed as a result of significant and continuous support from Wall Street, London, and Brussels.

Ousted Government Was US-Backed Criminal Regime

Indeed, for over a decade, Thaksin Shinawatra has attempted to transform Thailand into a Western client state. An enumerated list of Shinawatra's sovereignty-usurping concessions and crimes against the Thai people make it clear as to why the military along with Thailand's other indigenous and independent institutions have been working systematically to diminish and uproot his political influence over Thailand:

• In the late 1990's, Thaksin was an adviser to notorious private equity firm, the Carlyle Group. He pledged to his foreign contacts that upon taking office, he would still serve as a "matchmaker" between the US equity fund and Thai businesses. It would represent the first of many compromising conflicts of interest that would undermine Thailand's sovereign under his rule.

• Thaksin was Thailand's prime minister from 2001-2006. Has since dominated the various reincarnations of his political party - and still to this day runs the country by proxy, via his nepotist appointed sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

• In 2001 he privatized Thailand's resources and infrastructure including the nation's oil conglomerate PTT - much to Wall Street's delight.

• In 2003, he would commit Thai troops to the US invasion of Iraq, despite widespread protests from both the Thai military and the public. Thaksin would also allow the CIA to use Thailand for its abhorrent rendition program.

• Also in 2003, he initiated what he called a "war on drugs." Nearly 3,000 were extrajudicially murdered in the streets over the course of just 90 days. It would later turn out that more than half of those killed had nothing to even do with the drug trade. In this act alone, Thaksin earned himself the title as worst human rights offender in Thai history, and still he was far from finished.

• In 2004, he oversaw the killing of 85 protesters in a single day during his mishandled, heavy-handed policy in the country's troubled deep south. The atrocity is now referred to as the "Tak Bai incident."

• Also in 2004, Thaksin attempted to ramrod through a US-Thailand Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) without parliamentary approval, backed by the US-ASEAN Business Council who just before the 2011 elections that saw Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra brought into power, hosted the leaders of Thaksin's "red shirt" "United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship" (UDD) in Washington DC.

• Throughout his administration he was notorious for intimidating the press, and crushing dissent. According to Amnesty International, 18 human rights defenders were either assassinated or disappeared during his first term in office. Among them was human rights activist and lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit. He was last seen in 2004 being arrested by police and never seen again.

• Also throughout Thaksin's administration, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) claimed in its report, "Attacks on the Press 2004: Thailand" that the regime was guilty of financial interference, legal intimidation, and coercion of the press.

• Since the 2006 coup that toppled his regime, Thaksin has been represented by US corporate-financier elites via their lobbying firms including, Kenneth Adelman of the Edelman PR firm (Freedom House, International Crisis Group,PNAC), James Baker of Baker Botts (CFR, Carlyle Group), Robert Blackwill (CFR) of Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR), Kobre & Kim, Bell Pottinger (and here) and currently Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners (Chatham House).

• In April of 2009 gunmen would fire over 100 rounds into the vehicle of anti-Thaksin activist, protest leader, and media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul in a broad daylight assassination attempt. He was injured but survived.

• On April 10, 2010, heavily armed professional militants deployed by Thaksin Shianwatra and his "red shirt" front targeted and assassinated Colonel Romklao Thuwatham who was at the time commanding crowd control operations near Bangkok's Democracy Monument. Thaksin's "red shirts" would go on to clash with the military for weeks before ending their riot with mass city-wide looting and arson.

• In August of 2013, businessman and outspoken Thaksin opponent Ekkayuth Anchanbutr was abducted and murdered.

In addition to this, Thaksin Shinawatra had constructed what he called the "United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship" (UDD) also known as the "red shirts." It is the militant wing of Shinawatra's political machine and through campaigns of mass murder, assassinations, and other forms of political intimidation, it has gone far in granting Shinawatra the impunity he has, until now, enjoyed.
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So-called (modern) "democracy" is a complete joke and "republicanism" is much worse, lately because of complicated, shrouded vote casting and counting machines, and for centuries, the single selection (so-called "plurality") voting method. Due to the spoiler effect this always brings about a two-party "system" that is a farce and a fraud. The only thing that will ever work is the simplest form of score voting. It is so simple. Give no votes at all, or one to ten votes (a "score") to any number of candidates you wish (within some reasonable number, say, 20). Simply add the votes up. SIMPLE! If you give someone eight votes rather than ten, you will have only sacrificed 20% of your vote, of course. Vote artfully, NOT artlessly! (Do not deny yourself the power af strategy.) (If a voter accidentally gives a candidate two scores, count the lower one.) This fraudulent "democracy" could have been repaired in this simple way centuries ago.


yellow 27.May.2014 08:02

rAT

Sorry. I meant to say "Yellow Shirts", not Red.