Thailand’s Main Opposition Party to Boycott Snap Elections

Ahead of planned Sunday protests in Bangkok

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Thailand’s main opposition party announced plans to boycott a February election aimed at quelling civil protests.

The Democrat Party, the oldest Thai party and the main opposition group to the ruling Pheu Thai party, will not field candidates in protest of a failed political system, the BBC reports.

Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament and called the election earlier this month in response to massive street protests over charges that her deposed brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in 2006, remains in power behind the scenes, though he was exiled to Dubai.

The announcement comes just a day before a scheduled rally in Bangkok, adding to the most serious political protest to hit the country since 2010.

[BBC]

8 comments
Teddy525
Teddy525

40 years ago (1973) in Thailand, we had a political protest that involved more than 500,000 people consisting of college students and well-educated people who came out to fight against the military dictators and corrupted government at the time. Countless people sacrificed their lives and the dictators fled the country quickly. Now, 40 years later (2013) history repeats itself again, but this time with more than 6 million people out on the streets in Bangkok (last Sunday). However, the corrupted government has simply ignored the cries of the people and is trying to stay in power by controlling the new election set up for February of next year. This is to ensure that the corrupted politicians within the same criminal gang can still buy the votes of the people, come back to control the country again, and corrupt even more money from Thai people. This pattern is evident in every election in the past, as they have a similar auction to buy the power and rights from the people. The political parties that pay more money, buy more votes, or influence the poor people to vote for them in hopes for more riches and a better life, always win the election and come back to corrupt more money from Thai people. It is a never ending cycle, which will continue to repeat itself with each furthering generation. Ultimately, what Thailand needs is a new election reform instead of going back to the same ludicrous election again...this election in February can be defined simply as insanity. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” -Albert Einstein

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” - Thomas Jefferson

saveurit
saveurit

When Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines announced a snap election in 1985 during his dictatorship, his main rival Cory Aquino new that she has the support of the voting majority BUT cannot win a Marcos administered election. But she decided to ran anyway and the rest is history.


This so called Thai Opposition Party is a "Trying Hard Copy Cat" who knows they can't cannot win in a democratic system of government...thus now they are simply trying to seize power ILLEGALLY.  

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

The United States government supports the Feb. 2 election in Thailand.

The protesting "Yellow Shirt" royalists and urban elites are trying to impose a dictatorship in Thailand and they are boycotting the election. They are trying to illegally seize power through street riots.

From the Bangkok Post:
"Protesters tell US to 'butt out'
Published: 19 Dec 2013

About 500 student-led demonstrators rallied outside the United States embassy in Bangkok on Thursday, loudly denouncing Washington for supporting the Feb. 2 election in Thailand."

skponggol
skponggol

Aung San Suu Kyi also threatens to boycott election in Burma BUT because she wants the military to be LESS involved in government. While the undemocratic Democrat boycotts the election because they want to military MORE involved in government.

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Thai undemocratic Democrat: two boycotts but for two totally different reasons.

scotus5369
scotus5369

What's the point of competing when they know they'll lose. The Democrats have been either stagnant in changing their party platform in order to encompass more of the electorate or reluctant to realize that their policies have failed for the last decade or so in appealing to the rest of the Thai populace. Can you win when the policies only favor the elites?

How can they blame the system when they too were part of that system? How can they accuse the other side of corruption when their hands are just as dirty? Ridiculous!

Furthermore, the idea of a "people's council" of a few unelected officials is preposterous and dumbfounded at best. Do they not study politics? That my friends is akin to an oligarchy and far removed from democracy. If that is Thailand's future, Thais might as well shackle themselves up, tape their mouths, and try not to offend that "people's council" as it furthers "the peoples" will.

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

Why does the United States tolerate the Thai opposition's attempt to impose a dictatorship in Thailand? Why bother bombing Libya if a dictatorship is acceptable to the United States?

Why isn't the United States denouncing the "Yellow Shirt" dictatorship party of Thai royalists and urban elites?

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is the freely-elected leader of Thailand. I want to see strong U.S. support for her.

The United States gave unwavering support to Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi in her fight against dictatorship. The United States should show similar support for Thailand's democratically-elected Yingluck Shinawatra.

Teddy525
Teddy525

@ChinaLee "freely-elected" as in bribing rural areas and entire villages with votes? Yeah right... If you honestly believe that the people chose Yingluck to be their prime minister because of all the "great things" she has brought to the country, then you are obviously mistaken and clueless as to the current situation in Thailand