Today in Thailand, riot cops yield to peaceful protesters by removing barricades AND their helmets in a shocking gesture of solidarity.
what you are seeing is not cops showing a sign of solidarity
what you are seeing are pro-royalist cops ignoring their democratic government and allowing pro-royalist protestors to continue their attempted coup
what is happening in Thailand is the equivalent of what happened in Spain when the monarchists/fascists/conservatives rebelled against the newly elected republican government.
Tumblr needs to stop glorifying every protest as if it is some radical thing, a lot of the ones I’ve seen on here getting re-blogged are simply protest porn without any appreciation of what has is actually happening
I’ve literally seen leftists on here reblogging pro-loyalist photos of riots in Northern Ireland…
here’s a link to what is actually going on in Thailand, at least according to the news sources:
Who are the protestors
Mostly metropolitan and middle-class, they are a loose coalition of anti-Thaksin groups associated with the opposition Democrat Party and likely backed by Thailand’s traditional elite: big businessmen, conservative generals, aristocrats and royal advisors.
Who supports the government?
Pheu Thai’s populist policies ensure it commands huge support in the densely-populated rural north and northeast of Thailand and among the urban working-class.
Why is Thaksin such a divisive figure?
Protestors view Thaksin and the Yingluck government as hopelessly corrupt and as a challenge to the authority of Thailand’s revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A family member of mine who had been living in Thailand until recently has described this to me as a conservative, regressive movement. No wonder the cops are on board.
Yep. I hadn’t been following Thailand too closely, and I was confused initially. A few years ago there was a coup on the democratically elected Thaksin. “Red Shirt” protests followed. At some point Thaksin’s sister was elected, but I missed that! So when I saw the recent events, I assumed it was the Red Shirts rising again. Nope. It’s a reactionary movement.
Since Thailand doesn’t really play much into US foreign/imperial policy, we’re not fed much propaganda on it, but therefore, no counter-narrative either. So you really have to do your research.
When he is mentioned, Thaksin is generally framed as “corrupt” in our media, but he was extremely popular with the rural classes, so I assume he was doing something right.