R.F.Wilson writes: Well, there you have it: anti-government protesters in Bangkok finally called it a day and dispersed, heeding to Stirring Trouble’s warning that if they drag their protests for too long they would find themselves clashing with the World Cup in South Africa and then not a single soul in the whole world would pay any attention to their struggle and their demands. Let’s face it, billions of people, who’d be watching the World Cup, would simply have no time for Thailand. In fact, they wouldn’t give a toss whether Thailand stands or falls altogether. Not to mention that most of the protesters would be uneasy, knowing that they are missing out on some real action in South Africa.
Anyway, last Wednesday the ‘red shirts’ left their encampment in Bangkok, going back to their homes in the north and north-east of the country and making all the usual face saving noises like: ‘We’ll be back!’ ‘Our fight will continue!’ ‘Democracy rocks!’ – and so on. Some leaders of the protesters were banged up in comfortable cottages at a police base miles away from Bangkok, with an obvious intention of keeping them there for as long as the authorities see fit. (You might not know this, but under Thai law cops can actually detain suspects for long periods of time, if they are kept not in prisons but in reasonably comfortable conditions.) And if we suppose that the ‘red shirts’ would have access to televisions and could watch the World Cup a period of peace and quiet is bound to befall on Thailand.
Just a quick reminder for you of what all the fuss was all about: the protests in Bangkok started about two months ago, with supporters of the deposed Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, dressing up in all red and demanding that the current head of government, Abhasit Vejjajiva, dissolves parliament and calls an election. The military initially took it all in good stride, obviously hoping that the whole thing would wind up in time for the French Open and the World Cup, but as the protests showed no signs of abating, the army finally had to take a much tougher stance and disperse the ‘red shirts’, who’ as I have already pointed out, realised that clashing with the World Cup in the news bulletins was not exactly a good idea.
So what now, you may be asking yourself, if you are really one of those people who care deeply about what happens in South East Asia.
Well, billionaire Thaksin, who made Montenegro his powerbase, has gone on public record to say that a ‘guerrilla war’ was about to break out across the whole of Thailand, with the oppressed masses rising against the hated PM Abhasit. Signs of this ‘war’ have not yet manifested themselves, though, considering that the French open has started already and the World Cup is drawing closer, nor to mention the rainy season about to befall on the land.
This website has already questioned the motives of people, who are ready to protest for weeks and even months, whatever it is that they are demanding, and pose a simple question: do these folks have a job, a home, a family, access to cable television or are they so bored that they’d rather hang out with thousands of others and demand things?
Judging by the protests in Thailand these people are numerous in that country. And on that basis alone we can expect more trouble in future.
Whoever is in power by then.