Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thaksin's Return Over Breakfast


Breakfast was a simple and unremarkable khao mun gai. One my right was a scrawled upon picture of Thaksin Shinawatra looking an awful lot like Adolf Hitler, and on my left upon the wall was a television showing supporters and detractors of his gathering at the airport awaiting his imminent return.



For those of you who do not follow Thai politics, Thaksin Shinawatra is the twice elected former prime minister who was overthrown in a military coup back in September 2006. The coup was mostly cheered by the middle and upper classes in Bangkok, while elsewhere there were some other opinions. Thaksin's proxy party, the People Power Party (PPP), handily won the recent elections, even after a pretty good effort by the military junta to suppress the vote. Here we go again.

3 comments:

Kaela said...
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a said...

oh god. it depends who you ask. It's very complicated. This is a very contentious issue, and one that even touches upon things that are not meant to be spoken of.

To put it this way: As prime minister Thaksin challenged the old power elite, a group not to be taken lightly. He was a corrupt politician, human rights violator, and a champion of the poor. Funny thing is, people don't seem too bent out of shape about the human rights violations...

Hope his helps!

Kaela said...

Okay. That makes more sense about what I heard. One source made it sound like it was just a class issue (the poor liked him, the middle class and others didn't). But another source said he was corrupt and had a large number of people killed. So I suppose it could be both.