Newscast Media BANGKOK—Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have
blocked parts of the Thai capital in a bid to stop elections planned for February 2 and
force the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Parts of the Thai capital are full of people. At least seven important street
intersections have been blocked by anti-government protesters, who have set up
mobile stages. The blockade, they say, will last until the interim government led by
Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer in power.
They are not willing to compromise or negotiate, as repeatedly stated by Suthep
Thaugsuban, the spokesman of the protesters and former member of parliament for
the “Democratic Party.” “There is only victory or defeat – nothing in between,” he
The protesters don’t only want to get Yingluck out of office. They want to see the
“Thaksin regime” – as they call it – ousted. Anti-government demonstrators and the
opposition see Yingluck as a puppet of her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was
ousted in a military coup in the year 2006.
Repeat of 2008?
The current circumstances are similar to 2008: Thailand’s anti-corruption agency
(NACC) has announced it will start conducting investigations against a total of 308
senators and members of the recently dissolved parliament. The politicians – most of
whom are members of Yingluck’s party – are accused of voting for an illegal alteration
of the constitution which aims to change the constitution of the senate. They had
fought to make sure that all representatives of the senate be democratically elected.
Currently, only half of the senators are elected and the other half is there by
Thailand expert Michael Nelson thinks it likely that the accused politicians will be
found guilty. Such a verdict could possibly lead to impeachment proceedings for the
government. “It seems difficult not to believe in a cynical plot against the hated
Source: Deutsche Welle