Thailand Overcoming Bouts of Fascism

General Boonlert Kaewprasit, the former leader of Pitak Siam (Protect Siam) and a retired Thai military officer left his smudge on the history of Thailand for his neo-fascist goals and the violent rally in Bangkok on November 24, 2012.

He called for the removal of Prime Minister’s government, initially through military intervention, and when the army refused his call for radical transformation, Boonlert went to the streets to incite and revolt against the Institution. On the Saturday morning and afternoon of the rally, on numerous instances, Pitak Siam and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) had confronted and injured the riot police who had placed a formation to guard restricted locations, near to the King’s Palace, the Government Building and the United Nations office.

It was disturbing that Pitak Siam chose to sidestepped legitimate process of dialogues via Parliament and the Government. Boonlert had also avoided communicating and interacting with the Democrat Party, which is led by the Opposition Head, Abhisit Vejjajiva, possibly due to his suspicion of politicians and elected Members of Parliament, irrespective of their political affiliation.

Thailand is seeing a maturing process of democracy under Yingluck and her elected government, especially after the 2006 military coup and the 2010 crackdown of the Red Shirts in the capital which had stained the growth made by Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was removed as Prime Minister during the coup, replaced by a military-led junta. The Parliament, constructed with hope for the future of the Thai people, was abandoned on frequent periods then, and during the Pitak Siam rally, a small group consisting of elites and people residing in Bangkok had violently protested not just against the government but also against the Institution of Democracy.

In the end, the majority have placed their trusts, convictions and hopes on Yingluck’s government to propel developments and ensure the peace, for the sake of democratic ideals. The present is vital in shaping our destiny.

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The start of a violent rally

The start of a violent rally



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