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25 March 2010 :: 18:03:50 pm 16564

Rising Tensions Threaten to Erupt in Bangkok Red Shirt Stand-Off

Never-say-die Thaksin has rallied his family to present new evidence in their appeal to regain some of his assets which the Supreme Court wants seized, today, as his ever-loyal Red Shirts and their political allies, the boycott-favouring Puea Thai Party, continue their attempts to paralyze Bangkok and the government.
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March 25, 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: As  a court officer attempts to make today’s deadline to seize Bt46.37 billion-worth of  the Shinawatra family’s assets,  Thaksin’s defence lawyers  have pledged to file new evidence tomorrow, March 26, as Thaksin lodges his appeal.

Meanwhile, the Puea Thai Party look like continuing their boycott of the House, citing their opposition to the tightened security measures around the Parliament building. Nevertheless, the government MPs will doggedly attend the legislative debate, regardless. As though to scotch criticism that Abhisit is progressively militarizing Thai society, with the extension of the Internal Security Act and continued troop reinforcements, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has said that the government will today review the security situation to determine whether or not to remove the troops deployed in and around the parliament building compound. But he is adamant that the government will not allow a repeat of the Songkran riots as happened in April 2009.

With the continuing impasse of peaceful but dogged Red Shirts and the government’s ongoing intransigence, turning a deaf ear to the Red’s demand that they capitulate, some analysts have suggested that an increasingly frustrated Thaksin may up the ante. It is worth reminding ourselves that last year’s Songkran riots in Bangkok and Pattaya were in response to Thaksin’s clarion call to launch a “social revolution” against the government. Even a UDD organizer recently admitted that a Bangkok Peua Thai parliamentarian had organized and paid motorcycle taxi drivers to incite violence during their November rally last year, so Thaksin and his more militant acolytes are indeed capable, and still no one has claimed responsibility for the eight instances of grenade and bomb attacks to date. Perhaps Thaksin will resort to more potent black magic rituals, as he has in the past, to truly cause conflagration.

One also notices that the normally placid agricultural element, firmly behind Thaksin are apparently becoming increasingly frustrated at being sidelined as the rarified air of publicity favours the Red Shirts. And so irate are the farmers at the government’s apparent refusal to help them by setting a guaranteed price for rice at a minimum of Bt12,000 a tonne, that unless the government pays some heed to their plight, they are threatening to put a two-year ban on the growing of rice, stop their debt repayments, and even refuse to vote for any Democrat Party candidates at the next election, according to Wichian Phuanglumjiak, Vice Chairman of the Thai Farmers Association,

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Community News

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