by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: A reader, amorfati , left us a link to an article written back in 2010 right after the slaughter carried out by the Abhisit regime. It’s an outstanding contribution to this discussion. You can read it, here.
“Upon his appointment as Prime Minister in 2008, Abhisit’s officially declared personal assets worth 51.8 million baht (nearly $2 million). This increased to 54.4 million upon leaving office. Given that Abhisit has never worked in the private sector, the vast majority of his wealth was either inherited or given to him.
Since today is “judgement day” according to the minority protesters in Thailand who refuse to work with the current elected government and who also refuse to participate in the upcoming emergency elections being held because they took their balls and went home (quit the House seats they occupied (150 out of 500)) because they couldn’t get their way, I thought I would provide some history to the conflict in order to give readers here a little perspective.
The two main opposition leaders of this color revolution are former appointed Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban. Abhisit is ready and waiting for the unpopular Democratic Party to take control after the coup while it seems Suthep’s job is rallying the NED “protesters” and trying to provoke violence from the police. But, according to them, they serve the same interests in this effort.
Since Mr. Abhisit seems poised and ready to jump into power once again, let’s take a little look at his background and how he came to be the next installed by illegal junta Prime Minster of Thailand. (pay attention Mr. Cartalucci. You asked for this)
Mr. Abhisit did his Oxford thesis on IMF structural reform plans and after Thaksin was able to payoff the IMF loan 4 years early, getting their greedy hands out of his country, Abhisit welcomed the the IMF back with open arms.
“Abhisit, who had done his Oxford thesis on IMF rescue programmes, now had to witness the IMF being called in to save the Thai economy.” Financial Times 2009 interview at Davos
In 2010, Abhisit went to the Council on Foreign relations to give a talk after his government forces brutally murdered 90 protesters in Thailand’s version of the Occupy Movement. This is what he had to say to the CFR about that little regrettable mishap:
“The events in April and May will have given you very disturbing images, leading, of course, to very regrettable losses of lives, but they also serve as a very powerful lesson that when you’re trying to develop a democracy, there will be clashes of values, clashes of opinions, but the key thing, of course, is we have to find a way in which we can avoid violence and illegal means by which people want to attain their political ends or objectives.
… we continue to attract investment, encourage the private sector, through further deregulation and liberalization, as well as increased facilitation for investors and the business community..” CFR page from 2010
hmmm… deregulation, financial liberalization, opening up the country to outside investors and the hot money speculators and basically handing over the nation to the investors and business community… that’s Abhisit’s pledge at the Council on Foreign Relations back in 2010 after slaughtering Occupy style protesters in the streets.
Need a little more history?
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