Suthep Thaugsuban is feeling the heat. After the outstanding weekend mobilization of about 100,000 “Red Shirt” pro-government supporters at Thanon Utthayan Bangkok, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) chief has many concerns about the dwindling number of his mob.
As if in nervous retaliation, “guards” of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) shot and injured two soldiers in the city. (See: Thai soldiers hurt in attack near besieged Government House | TODAYonline http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/thai-soldiers-hurt-attack-near-besieged-government-house). NSPRT is a political ally of PDRC and the Democrat Party, which first caught headline when their leaders threatened to storm the Embassy of the United States of America in the capital. The union of the three groups aim to derail democracy and install an unelected council of cronies.
Jatuporn Prompan, the leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) that is also known as the Red Shirts, accused PDRC and the nation’s judicial institutions were trying “to take over power without elections … We will fight if the country becomes undemocratic”. The call for democracy has been the war cry of the UDD since the formation of the movement, which includes rejecting army and judiciary coups.
Speaking on stage to the cheering crowd, Jatuporn and many UDD community leaders have condemned the Opposition for their attempt to remove democracy in Thailand. Some have expressed concern about civil war that PDRC is trying to initiate, but the Red Shirts reaffirm their commitment in defending democracy. Among the speakers was an international human rights lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, who condemned the PDRC via video-call as “Taliban” (See: Response Statement: Suthep Leading a Thai Taliban: http://robertamsterdam.com/thailand/2014/04/07/suthep-leading-a-thai-taliban-says-lawyer-amsterdam/) which irked Suthep and his coalition of neo-fascists.
Definitely Suthep is feeling the heat. With the lost of thousands of his own supporters and an increasing debts from the expensive rally expenditures, Suthep is now being investigated by Thailand’s Division of Special Investigation (DSI) for calling a coup on a legitimate government. (See: DSI To Probe Suthep’s ‘People Coup’ Speech http://en.khaosod.co.th/detail.php?newsid=1396852539§ion=11). Critics have analyzed that Suthep’s PDRC will collapse from the lack of support because of their arm terrorists activities or commit political suicide.
An aerial view of the Red Shirt / UDD rally[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR1FW_3pqn8]