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BC: The Thailand Puzzle

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BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 27.01.14 For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. Should it go missing again, you may be confident that you will see it republished by NEO once more, should it still remain relevant by that time.

It appears that the fight for democracy has been dragging on for years in Thailand. The country has now been in an uproar for two months. The situation is critical and tensions are on the verge of boiling over as the country’s government became paralysed due to the anti-government protests on an unprecedented scale. The mass protests are not caused so much by the current government’s blunders in domestic and foreign policy nor are they caused by the government’s corruption. Those who are fighting against the government have been unified on a platform of fear, a fear of the possible growing influence of the country’s previous Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted from power in 2006 by the military, accused of fraud and corruption and has currently had to flee abroad. The current government of Yingluck Shinawatra, his younger sister, was formed following the parliamentary elections of 2011 where her Pheu Thai Party, which consisted of Thaksin supporters, won the majority and is now being seen as merely a puppet controlled by Thaksin.

The country’s massive upheaval was caused by a law that was passed by the Parliament in November of 2013, but rejected by the Senate, which would have given amnesty to Thaksin and allowed him to return to the country.

The fight against the “Thaksin Regime” is organized and led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a member of the Democrat Party, who is one of the oldest political powers in the country. He created the People’s Democratic Reform Committee and united numerous supporters around himself from the highest........

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