posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 04:15 PM
It was reported in some econimic forems that this government has developed the rural sector. This is a sector that is booming in Thailand, although
the base workers are the poorest in the country (Isaan) and also equate to some 30,000,000, almost half the population of Thailand. The factories,
like in most other countries are owned by a very small and protected elite. Of coarse when this elite prosper so do the farmers.
They get a few US dollars a week extra.
Thailand has maintained a beuracratic infrastrusture. Health care is not privatised, public ambulances don't exist, but with all these problems the
country moves forward.
The PAD are a very broad group of thais. They are Bkk based and do include the intellectual and middle classes.
They do not include the super rich. Not at all. They would be sumed up as regular modern educated thais.
The farmers in the north support Taksin not because of his rural initiavies, but because he bribes them with free rice.
He built a brilliant mobile network that most thais can afford. (good service inc GPRS etc for about 10% the cost of western countries).
He purchased the only inderpendent tv channel (the other main ones ran by the military and the government in power) and replaced all doco and
investigative journalism programs with thai reality tv and talent shows, and to fill in the gap for so many bored people, he brought footy here.
Most thais love it, whether they farm rice in Isaan or work in a Bkk office.
That doesn't make your generalisations about the PAD valid. They are a mixed bunch of people who care. A lot of rural thais are easily convinced by
his clever tactics, but unaware of his motives. Those who do understand would support PAD.
80% of the poorerst rural thais who support his party voted purely on the small bribes in cash they were given (approx $US20 for a farmer and
US$1000's for a community leader). Not everyone was corruptable and community leaders in poor areas who spoke out were killed. Many cases are still
been invstigated in the courts, although it is unlikely any justice will be handed down.
The people who gathered want some system where nepatistic cronies don't get to take folios they don't give a hoot for, and then spend their lives in
parliament lining the pockets.
They want educated experts who do not have a direct alignment with private indusrty to see over certain fields.
Unfortunately, if Bush and Cheney can do what they do in Iraq with their private interests, I don't expect PAD to fulfill their wishes this
But they are not the on trial here.
It is the actions of the security forces.