It is sad to see how almost all the main media, from Japan Times to CNN, from BBC to NYT, are exhorting to present Thailand troubles as a rich/poor, elite/rural, educated/uneducated class war. The poor rubber farmers from the south (minority) are also protesting against the government, because they do not receive the benefit of a pledge scheme for their harvest, like the rice farmers at the north (majority). That is why they have joined the protests in Bangkok. Everyday I see hundreds of the Rice Farmers from the south camping at Rajadamnern Nok Avenue. The government buys every harvest (and the loyalty) of the rice farmers at price about 40% higher than the market, a practice that has been denounced by the IMF and the FAO as unsustainable.
An analysis about the error of presenting this issue as a class-conflict
It is a fallacy to analyse present troubles as based on class system
That is an evil distortion made by the global manipulators mentioned on my previous post with the aim to make the naive opinion think that "Thaksin, the kind supporter of the poor people, is the good guy; and the ones who oppose him are the bad guys
”. That is simply ridiculous.
I have to add another detail, from my personal observation, that I believe is important:
Several of my thai relatives, friends and coworkers that are now protesting on the streets, shouting that they want Thaksin's influence out of the politics of their country, confess that they did vote for Thaksin Shinawatra in 2001. They elected him mainly for the following reasons:
1.- He was such a good businessman that they thought he would bring prosperity to the country.
2.- He was so rich - a Forbes multi-billionaire with more wealth than he would ever need for him, his family, and his friends for many lifetimes - that they trusted that he would never fall into corruption and cheat the country.
But they were wrong. It seems like it is human nature that the more that we have, the more that we want. Like a hungry ghost.
They joined the protests to overthrow him in 2006, and today they are not on the streets for the Democrat Party or for Suthep, the man that has the loudest voice at the biggest stage. They neither agree with everything that comes from his mouth or fully sympathize with him. They are protesting by their own free will to protect the future of their country; against corruption, abuse of power, and disrespect for the constitution.