Push for real change, not another coup d’etat


Remember how the Democrat Party vehemently opposed street protests by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) which have plagued Thailand for the past few years, but seem to have political amnesia that it was their tacit support for violent protests by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) which pioneered and set the gold standard for taking politics out of parliament and on to the streets? 

Songkran Grachangnetara, Bangkok Post

This week, debate on one of the most important and controversial bills to be submitted for parliamentary approval will commence, just as the protests outside the House become more vocal. 

To most observers there is very little faith that a parliamentary solution to Thailand’s political paralysis, through the passing of Worachai Hema’s amnesty bill, will achieve reconciliation. 

Sadly, I would have to agree.

As long as “reconciliation” is about the political chess match between Thaksin Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva, or between Pheu Thai and the Democrat Party, instead of being about peace and prosperity for all Thais, we are doomed.

How can reconciliation be achieved when the very people that are responsible for this political impasse are the only ones involved in finding a solution? 

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