Thailand’s English newspaper, The Nation, in a recent article titled, “Students stage protest to free ‘Pai Daodin’” included a short video of the protest showing a handful of students blocking a particularly busy elevated walkway in central Bangkok as they read their message in English.
One “activist” exclaimed:
We will never stop until we are free!
She repeatedly demanded “freedom” and condemned what she repeatedly called a “dictatorship” apparently oblivious of the paradoxical fact that she and her fellow protesters were clearly “free” to disrupt hundreds of people attempting to use the walkway and go about their business during the brief political protest.
They were not arrested despite violating laws regarding political gatherings and despite the fact that they represent a political opposition (often referred to as “red shirts”) that has, since 2006, resorted to extreme violence including mass murder, terrorism, citywide arson, assassinations, two attempts at armed insurrection in 2009 and again in 2010, the brutalization and murder of nearly 30 protesters between 2013-2014 who opposed a government led by their political allies, as well as censorship and intimidation of their critics.
More recently, a man radicalized by the very sort of propaganda repeated by these “student activists” was arrested after carrying out a string of bombings around Bangkok that left scores of innocent people maimed.
One of his targets included a hospital.
Despite this, and the Western media characterizing Thailand’s current government as a “dictatorship” in need of change, agitators like those featured in the above video have been repeatedly allowed to carry on with their antics despite the dangerous nature of the opposition they represent – with any arrest being followed only by a brief detainment before promptly being allowed to return back to agitating.
This process has led many agitators to resort to increasingly criminal behavior in order to be detained longer and thus portray themselves as “political prisoners” eagerly defended by Western governments and their collections of foreign-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
The “Dao Din” group is one of several foreign-funded fronts attempting to replicate in Thailand the US and European-funded sedition that has divided and destroyed nations like Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.
Likely in Libya, Syria, and Ukraine, agitators identical in hypocrisy and irony were tolerated by each nation’s respective governments until critical mass was reached and foreign-backed armed insurrection overthrew or attempted to overthrow each in turn.
Documenting this process in Thailand where successful armed insurrection is much more unlikely, helps geopolitical analysts understand how the US set the stage – and is setting the stage – elsewhere in pursuit of regime change and the construction of obedient client states.
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