Provocative demonstration : How about the Rule of Law?

23 07 2007

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“CNS Get Out” was written on the flag of a little girl who marched with her father on Sunday 22 July 2007 from Sanam Luang to Si Sao Teves – the residence of Gen Prem Tinasulanond, the President of Privy Council and Thailand’s top adviser to the King. With this photo, it is very difficult to understand why the leaders of the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship, mainly pro-Thaksin group, think their provocative words and provocative action of their followers could oust the military chief and the President of the Privy Council out and without thinking about the safety of people who joined them.

How could they think that their wish to remove the President of Privy Council and the Chief of Council for National Security are supreme and their provocative action and words are above law?

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My mum called me about 10pm last night saying that I should watch the clashes between the police and the protesters showed on television. When I first looked at it, two questions arose. First, why and how did the leaders of the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship badly wanted to provoke police action and incited their followers to throw stones, water bottles and other heavy objects to the police and later to break all the windows of the Army Recreation Club situated nearby? Were their provocative actions justifiable? Second, why the police responded the way they did using tear gas, water canon and pepper spray? What would be the result if the the police could be more patient? Had the police try to negotiate with the protesters? If no, why they did not do so and if yes, why did it fail?

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The recent incidence shows how badly divided the Thai society has been. The military coup last December not only failed to solve the battle between the two extreme the Pro and the Anti Thaksin but has intensively heightened the tension by dissolving the Thai Rak Thai Party and barred all the 111 executive members from politics. The military must be aware that this kind of provocative action would take place but how come they pretended they were unaware and looked unprepared…

 

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We are all governed under the law. Should not they take the matter to the court instead of their own group law, beating the police, breaking the national buildings and property.

 

 

 

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While the police were busy charging the leading protesters for obstructing police’s suppression, causing violence and damaging properties of the government and other people, the anti-coup protesters were celebrating their victory as they provoked the police to respond last night.

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I can not help but to compare the peaceful people assembly at Lumpini, as shown in the picture below, to the ugly incidence took place at the same night. Most protesters follow their leaders. If such leaders did not provoke or incite ugly action, their followers would never break the line. People are free to express their anger by shouting but not be damaging other people’s property.

 

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What are we fighting against each other for? Is it really for Democracy? Or is it just a fight or a struggle for power? If the fight continues the one who suffer the most is the people, have the leaders of the two poles carefully estimate how much has the country lost? The damage is done no matter who wins the battle, when is it going to end?

 


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27 07 2007
kwanchai

เกิดอะไรขึ้นกับประเทศไทยของฉัน แันไม่เข้าใจ คำว่าไทยยังใช้ได้หรือเปล่า

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