A bomb exploded near BIG C, at close proximity of the PDRC stage at Ratchaprasong intersection; at least 8 people were injured in this cowardly attack on Sunday.
Bangkok has turned into a battleground ever since the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has denounced electoral solutions. Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Member of Parliament for the Democrat Party, calls for an increase of confrontation against Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her family. Speeches of hate and ridicule have revisited the protest stage and on social media every day and night. Right wing politicians and neo-fascists have demanded that PDRC replace democratic process with an unelected council under the leadership of Mr. Suthep.
The atmosphere of terror and hate has dominated the political scene of the country. Threats of harm against Ms. Yingluck’s son have been made by those claiming to represent PDRC.
With the escalating violence which resulted in the decline of the economy, the mainly middle-class opposition are blaming pro-government movement for starting the confrontation. This is despite the move that anti-democracy PDRC had started with intimidation tactics and terrorist maneuvers.
PDRC has placed the responsibility of violence on Ms. Yingluck despite her repeated calls for peace and consultation to solve the political stalemate. The sister of ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra (who was removed by a military coup in 2006) has stated many times to depend on the rule of law and democratic process to solve problems. Mr. Suthep and Mr. Abhisit (Democrat Party chief) demand that the first woman Thai Prime Minister step down to allow the Democrats and PDRC to run the country.
It is not just Ms. Yingluck who is facing the threat of anarchy. Millions of Thais who reject undemocratic measures are also under threat of neo-fascism and further violence. While Mr. Suthep and the Bangkok middle class believe that fascism will solve the challenges of the country, millions are firm on their stand for democracy and for peace.