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protest in Bangkok - a summary
The only interesting and really noteworthy development of the last two days is the aftermath on the attack on the German photographer Nick Nostitz. The international outcry on this vicious assault was enormous, organisatons as SEAPA, HRW (http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/11/26/thailand-opposition-groups-attacking-journalists), Reporters without borders, the FCCT and others condemned the attack in strong terms. Meanwhile, the CIVIL MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (CMD) voiced its regrets about that incident (as they call it). Please read the document of the CMD below.
The FCCT Statement: "The FCCT deplores this in the strongest possible terms, and calls upon protest leaders to unequivocally and publicly state that the rights of journalists, foreign or Thai, should be respected," it said in the statement.
Referring to the statement below, this is the first time since we moved to Thailand that someone apologises for/regrets something. But of course not without accusing the victim of being partial and being a henchman of the government (which are complete unfounded accusations).
|Only a few hundred protesters stayed over night on the Foreign Ministry compound. A few hours later the left the area.|
|The damaged gate at the Foreign Ministry. Peaceful protest looks different.|
Also on Tuesday civil servants and employees of public offices showed their support for the government in front of the parliament building.
|From left to right: Pheu Thai MP's Wiphuthalang Phattanaphumtha, ?, Suphon Attawong, aka Isan Rambo|
|Government supporters in front of the parliament building.|
Apart from those events mentioned before we learned nothing new since Tuesday. Just the same old accusations, insults and ignorance we heard and observed for years: Thaksin is the root of all evil, Thaksin wants to destroy the monarchy, before Thaksin everything in Thailand was fine (yep, that's why Thailand experienced 18 coup's or coup attempts since 1930's, brutal military regimes and several violent crackdowns - sorry, link in German language only: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Staatsstreiche_in_Thailand).
"And of course Thailand´s people were happy and united before Thaksin came to power."
The way people think of their fellow country men (for centuries) and how deeply devided Thailand's society really is shows the following quote:
Obviously that attack on the photo journalist on monday, the attempts of intimidation of several Thai television chanels and the occupations of the state agencies scared people away. On Sunday between 100,000 and 150,000 supporters joined the protest, on Tuesday the number of protesters had already dwindeled away. Only some tens of thousands still joined the protest sites or protest marches. It seems that most people don't agree with Suthep's aggressive methods. The coming days will be crucial for Suthep and his "REVOLUTION". He is running out of options to step up the pressure on the government by "peaceful" means. Occupying the Parliament Building and the Government House or an airport are possibly his last opportunities to get the Yingluck-government into trouble.