Now that things have settled down a bit I decided to comb through my twitter timeline of the protests and display a few photos and tweets. I have also retrieved an interesting interview with a prominent Thai academic, Professor Likhit Dhiravegin, who, in my opinion, spoke most intelligently about the protests. He spoke at length about the concept of sovereignty and harshly criticized the PDRC for seizing the state with no legitimate authority. His ideas are nothing new for Western observers, but as a respected Thai authority, they are worth repeating. Suthep Thaugsuban, the leader of the PDRC, went on and on during the protests speaking of the Great Mass of the People. Dhiravegin assails his claim that he is speaking for any mass of people.
…If there’s a new coup d’etat to topple the 2007 Constitution, you will be effectively robbing the people of the power—you yourself asked them to vote in the referendum. Even the 1997 Constitution had no referendum. It would be going against the people—about the 60% who voted in the referendum. [The Constitution] is not a toy. Wouldn’t it be an insult to the people?…[pullquote]…And after 20 million people have voted, the election is ruled unconstitutional. That’s a violation of 20 million people’s rights…[/pullquote]
…Who rules this country? The powers of legislative, executive and judicial branches are separate [but] all of a sudden the courts have the powers to decide on everything and become a supra-organization, with the highest power of the land, even more power than the sovereign…
…And how do we hear the real voices of the people? Two ways only: first, from a general election [to know] which party or group they support, and second, a referendum, if there’s a problem. Referendum is the clearest way to find out. Not claiming the “great mass of people.” Have a referendum on what to do…
…Sovereign power belongs to the Thai people. One man, one vote. All people in the North, Isan, South, and Central regions alike are all Thai. What audacity to say you are greater than the rest and that people upcountry are of lower quality than people in Bangkok? …Every person is equal as a human being…
The interviewer said that the PDRC was arguing that elections are not legitimate because they are bought.
What?… Well… (laughter), if the voices of the great mass of people are really great, no amount of vote buying will buy the other side victory.
Below a montage of this absurd protest. It’s better not to explain them and let viewers figure them out.
A few of my favorite tweets from the protests. I’ve since been baptized by twitter and think it’s the perfect tool to follow protests like these. Pure joy it was to be part of the twitter community during these protests.
Some words that can be spelled with the letters in ‘reconciliation’: ironical, cannot, rectal, conceit and inane. — Piriyathep K (@PKinbangkok) June , 2014
I think the Thai civil war could be delayed indefinately due to incompetence.
— Piriyathep K (@PKinbangkok) April , 2014
Wonder if those obsessed with Thaksin as the source of all Thai evils have nightmares about him. I hope they do. Every night.
— แก้วมาลา Kaewmala (@Thai_Talk) March 21, 2014