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Offline Roger

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State of Emergency in Thailand
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:04:56 PM »
No matter on which side your sympathies may rest, IMO the Yingluck Government have done the right thing in declaring the 'State of Emergency'.
In 2010 I thought that the Abhisit Govt. was very tolerant of the disorder and maybe should have been firmer earlier - matters were left to drift on and it ended in disaster.
This won't go away without the elected Govt. exercising it's democratic authority - it's ok for protestors to make their point, but disabling the Nation and it's Institutions is just totally out of order.
Good Luck Thailand.

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Re: State of Emergency in Thailand
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 07:42:51 AM »
I agree with you Roger, but it seems the police are inept at doing anything constructive. If the mob decide to walk down Rama 9 road are the police going to say no and arrest people? I don't think so. An arrest warrant has been out for Suthep for months and yet he is able to walk around Bangkok as if he owns the place.

I was convinced the military would have stepped in by now, but alas they have chosen to wait until more and more people are killed before it happens. I am not saying a military coup is good for the country, just that I think it is inevitable to break the deadlock.

Offline Al

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Re: State of Emergency in Thailand
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 08:20:24 AM »
I am not sure how I feel about this.  Whatever one thinks of either side in the current struggle, I think that we must admit that Yingluck’s government has used a tremendous amount of restraint so far.

I was thinking that it kind of appears that things were beginning to dissipate on the demonstrator’s side and wondered if this might inflame them again.  But there has been violence and with that in mind, perhaps an increasingly firmer hand is in order.

It seems like such a tightrope walk with both sides.  Yinkluck must continue to show the country and perhaps the world that even in caretaker status, she is still a viable leader, while never, ever forgetting the 800 pound gorilla in the room, which is the seemingly unfettered military, who at their whim, can, as they have done in the past, step in and take over.

Meanwhile the other side seems to hope for an over reaching response.  And then, of course there are the rice farmers.

My own personal opinion is that I would like to see Thailand move away from lurching from one coup to another.  I don’t like the idea of tossing out current leadership (and if some demonstrators have their way pushing that leadership out of the country) without impeachment, trials etc that are based on the rule of law.

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Re: State of Emergency in Thailand
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 10:06:14 AM »
Yingluck needs to step things up a notch and sever the problem before it turns worse.  As far as I am concerned, Suthep is a fxxking terrorist and needs to be treated as such.  All this radical wants to do is oust the current government so he can put in his own corrupt people and have them control everything.  This guy doesn't give a darn about Thailand or it's people...and now, threatening to kidnap people including members of the current government is sickening.  Here he is openly ordering his "members" to commit a felony and the police, military, etc just sit there and do nothing.  Amazing country this is.