The insistence to stage a big gathering on September 19 at the Royal Plaza and the subsequent march to the Thewes residence of Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda cause many to question what is the real goal of the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship.
To cite the third anniversary of the 2006 coup as the reason to stage the upcoming protest is unsound as the coupmakers have long been removed from power and are now part of history. Not to mention, the country already went through three administrations in a spell of three years. Moreover, during the general election after the coup, the People Power Party, the now-defunct puppet of the Thaksin system, won the election by a landslide and became the core member of government coalition. The party also became a dominant force during two consecutive administrations of Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawad.
To say that the current administration of Abhisit Vejjajiva is backed by the army is also groundless. He was elected as the 27th PM by a majority vote of the House of Representatives at the time Pheu Thai Party, which is the reincarnation of the People Power Party, vied for the PM post with their own candidate Police General Pracha Promnok, former chief of the Puea Pandin Party. As it turned out, their loss prompted them to ally with the DAAD in a bid to overthrow Abhisit.
As for a claim that their movement is aimed to overthrow ‘bureaucratic politics’ with General Prem as their prime target, the red-shirts must realize that General Prem is deemed by His Majesty the King as loyal and trustworthy person who has contributed so much to Thai society. Not to mention, the charter reserves the sole right to appoint members of the Privy Council to His Majesty. Therefore, to put pressure on the Privy Council in any way will be a transgression on authority of His Majesty the King.
Most importantly, the recent movement by the red-shirts is clear that it aims to absolve all charges levied against Thaksin Shinawatra and return 76 billion baht of frozen assets to him.
While the political state of the country starts to make progress towards stability, the DAAD still insists to stage a protest on September 19 to ignite another round of confusion for the sake of one person.
Therefore, their movement is utterly illegitimate as it disregards disastrous consequences to the country.
Editorial, Analysis Page 3, Neaw Na Newspaper, September 17 2009
Rewritten, edited for length and clarity by Pornchai Sereemongkonpol