“She (Yingluck Shinawatra) should clearly distinguish her roles as a sister and the prime minister. She may feel sorry for her brother being overthrown from power, but that’s a personal matter. It is also not right to defend her brother, who is a fugitive wanted by the Thai authorities,” said Democrat Party chief Abhisit.
Former Prime Minister Abhisit neglected to mention that Yingluck‘s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was forcibly removed from his democratically elected Prime Minister position by the military. How can this be a “personal matter” when the Thai people had decided in a transparent national election who they want as Prime Minister?
Isn’t the unlawful removal of a Prime Minister a human rights violation to democracy?
The military coup of 2006, lead to the installation of the amended Constitution of Thailand in 2007, which was drafted by a military-appointed committee. During these times, post-Thaksin period, the people were never invited in nation-building. So is this Abhisit’s idea of democracy? The neglect of democratic values in Abhisit’s regime ultimately lead to the “Red Shirt” demonstration in 2010, in which Abhisit ordered a crackdown of the demonstrators and the human right for assembly.
Abhisit has proven time and time again that he and the ultra nationalists in the Democrat Party and the Yellow Shirts are in favor of non-democratic control of Thailand. If he truly believes in democracy why was he placed himself as the Prime Minister without fair and free elections? Why did he not condemn the military’s removal of Thaksin?
Without a doubt, the small groups of political elites want power for themselves. They do not want the people to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich. Abhisit’s actions and statements have justified the distrust of the Thai society against the Democrat Party leadership and the falsehood they represent.