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    Squashing a Political Party

    Thai Opposition Head Says Protests Possible as Tension Rises
    By Siraphob Thanthong-Knight (Bloomberg)

    Thailand could see street protests again if establishment forces continue to resist democratic change, according to the leader of Future Forward, the nation’s most high-profile opposition party.
    A flash-point could come if the party is dissolved by judges next month, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit signaled in a briefing late Monday. Future Forward and some of its officials face more than two dozen cases, stemming from the police, the attorney general, the Constitutional Court and the Election Commission, he said.

    “The establishment are pushing people out,” he said in Bangkok. “They seem certain they could contain it and control it. But many think otherwise. I’m not convinced. I think this is a very dangerous gamble.”
    Thanathorn, a critic of the royalist establishment’s grip on power, opposes military influence in government in a country with a history of coups. He was barred from parliament in a court ruling last month for breaching media shareholding rules, accusations he said were politically motivated.

    Thanathorn said he has no control over the timing of protests, while adding the “anger of the people is real” and that an anti-government demonstration expected next month -- in the form of a run -- will be a test of sentiment toward the ruling coalition.

    ‘Chain Breaker’

    Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy held a disputed general election in March after almost five years of military rule.
    A pro-military coalition led by former junta chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha took office in July with a razor-thin majority.

    Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a spokesman for the alliance’s biggest party, Palang Pracharath, said on Tuesday that he disagreed with Thanathorn’s comments.
    “He should respect the justice system. Nobody knows how these legal cases will play out,” Thanakorn said. “The majority of people don’t want to see street protests again. They don’t want to see chaos and disruption in the country.”
    Future Forward emerged as the third-largest party and became part of an opposition bloc that controls almost half the lower house of parliament.

    The deeply divided parliament, and the government’s slim majority, have put the spotlight on political risk in Thailand, where officials are straining to revive a struggling economy.
    The administration managed to get the annual budget bill through an initial parliamentary vote in October, with more due in January. Analysts remain split on whether the coalition will survive future tests.
    Judges dissolved a party opposed to military rule in the run-up to the election. The party, Thai Raksa Chart, was linked to exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The dissolution didn’t spark unrest, but bloody street clashes occurred in the past when another Thaksin-linked party was disbanded.

    Thanathorn said he doesn’t support violence. He also said tension is rising and that a “storm” might be coming.
    “I look at my role as a chain breaker,” he said. “To break the chain that’s preventing us from achieving further.”
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    Imagine if there were no invented political identities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
    Imagine if there were no invented political identities.
    Then there'd be no need to vote.

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    Eastern-centric cultural indoctrination, manufactured meme of "one nation, one leader". Sheeple are the same as they ever were, choice creates unwarranted unrest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
    Then there'd be no need to vote.
    That's a convoluted ideal.

    'Tis wonder why most don't get it.


    Not surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serrollt View Post
    Sheeple are the same as they ever were, choice creates unwarranted unrest.
    Folks are trained through culture and education to become sheeple. It's not a bad way of life.

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