[Marxism] Thailand: Amid coup, Red Shirt leaders not up to job of democracy struggle
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Mon May 19 23:54:11 MDT 2014
Apologies.... that link is to an older article by Giles. This is the
current article: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56500
On 20 May 2014 15:52, Stuart Munckton <stuartmunckton at gmail.com> wrote:
> A military coup is developing on May 20 in Thailand. The military has
> stepped in to declare martial law to “restore peace and order while denying
> it is a coup.
> The country’s Constitutional Court had already dismissed the elected
> government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on May 7. It came after
> months of violent right-wing protests including sabotage of elections aimed
> to resolve the country’s political crisis.
> The military is imposing media ceonsorship and there are reports of
> soldiers targeting demonstrations by the pro-democracy Red Shirt movement.
> The Red Shirts launched mass protests against the 2006 coup that overthrew
> the government of Thaskin Shinawatra (Yingluck’s father). The Red Shirt
> movement is largely based on the poor, who benefited from some polices of
> Thaskin’s government.
> In an the article below, written before the declaration of a state of
> emergency, *Giles Ji Ungpakorn* discusses how Red Shirt leaders have
> largely demobilised the mass movement after Yingluck was elected in 2011
> and have not taken the lead to organise the poor against the pro-elite
> right-wing attacks.
> “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
> original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
> through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
> Under Socialism
> “The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
> dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker
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