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    Politics hit Udon

    This is one of the incidents in Udon yesterday, ther was at least one other at the park. More planned for this evening

    From the Nation
    Saturday , June 28 , 2008
    A Show of Democrazy in Udonthani
    Posted by Piset , Reader : 43 , 18:57:47
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    Thailand has never been so divided as it now is before. It is difficult to believe that this could happen and in the region of the Northeast which is generally known for humble and polite culture. What have caused this? What does this kind of thing would lead to for Thailand?

    Yesterday, June 27, 2008, A radio program promoter, Kwanchai Praipana, who was never a residence of Udonthani province, led a group called "Love Udon People" to confront Mr. Chareon Mukhachornphant the owner of a goldshop at the Baan Huay Market Rd., in Udonthani.

    The LUP mob came with a pick up truck equipped with loud speakers, started their verbal attack with the lowest of the profanities against Mr. Chareon, who was known to be a core leader of PAD movement in Udonthani. The LUP led by this out-of-town radio man demanded that Chareon move out of Udonthani Province. Unless, they succeded in their demand, they will continue their gathering and attacking infront of Mr. Chareon's gold shop.

    Upon hearing the news of the attack from ASTV, 500 members of PAD showed up to support Mr. Chareon and readied themselves for any eventualities.

    Almost like the miniature picture of PAD's demonstration at Makkawan Bridge, the cops lined up in between the group to prevent and physical attack on each other.

    What is happening in Thailand to get to things like this?

    Why would an out of town radio man come to Udonthani to lead such an attack? Does he has great love for Udonthani and was protecting that province from some thing bad?

    That's democrazy Thai style!

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    A simple protest is nothing to get excited over.

    The problem is the police are often political, and take sides. They're not content to let the judicial process carry on because the judiciary is a joke. Almost nothing goes to court here. The policeman is the defacto judge and he's willing to listen to both sides, with both pockets open.

    I don't know what the PAD dude did wrong. My neighbor voted for PAD -- think I'll catch his house afire tonight. IMO the lack of a respectable police force is this county's biggest problem.

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    I think it's simply bullying tactics just to get people in the right frame of mind if there is another "free and fair" election round the corner

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    This is a top thread over at TV.

    That place is crawling at a snails pace with a post every three of four days in many of the forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    This is a top thread over at TV.

    That place is crawling at a snails pace with a post every three of four days in many of the forums.

    Thats so accurate and funny. You keep seeing these posts about this being the next Pattaya. Most who located here wanted a snails pace. When we try to tell people the truth they accuse of trying to hide all the hookers. Thanks you have the picture correct

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    Krystal Nacht ?

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    Very unlikely anyone could vote PAD the people's Alliance for Democracy didn't run here .
    Do you mean the Democrats Thailands oldest and probably 2nd most corrupt party.
    The fact that soothsayers ,Hindu temples, cooking shows and personalities show a polity devoid of analysis,economic management skills and honest representation.
    Luckily nobody can sway my vote haven't got one,despite paying tax,In a just society non voting Falngs should not only be allowed liquor on erection days it should be free and compulsary with a day off to follow or a free move up the visa snakes and ladders board and a yellow T shirt .
    If the women were not so wonderful the food and climate so excellent and the country folk so charming we'd be gagging to move to Moscow/Manchester or the Bronx Riviera.
    Chok Dee
    PS any one really know where to buy a teak Door in Thoeng?

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    The Thais are like the three bears.

    The poor believe that the PPP will make their life easier by bending the rules in their favour thus giving them more porage. The rich believe the Democrats will help them keep their porage.

    ... but when Goldilocks dies the big bad wolf will take over and screw the lot of them.
    I see fish. They are everywhere. They don't know they are fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray23 View Post

    The LUP mob came with a pick up truck equipped with loud speakers, started their verbal attack with the lowest of the profanities against Mr. Chareon, who was known to be a core leader of PAD movement in Udonthani. The LUP led by this out-of-town radio man demanded that Chareon move out of Udonthani Province. Unless, they succeded in their demand, they will continue their gathering and attacking infront of Mr. Chareon's gold shop.



    That's democrazy Thai style!
    A perfectly legal street protest in Thailand as any PAD member will tell you.

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    Well Mr. Samak said he was going to get his own street gang is this it?

    Why Udon and not Bangkok, two reasons I believe no one will really notice the activity here except the locals. Did you notice this was a reader posting not the paper and I have not seen the incident reported.

    The chances of the local cops seriously intervening is extremly low. Remember for the most part this PPP country. If the PPP can fgiure out how to get some cash in the ocals pockets quickly they will not lose thier hold here. If they are not a accomplished as Mr. Taksin they may have problems here.

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    [quote=ray23;675618]Well Mr. Samak said he was going to get his own street gang is this it?

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    So, does that mean you also equate the PAD protests in Bangkok with "street gangs"?

    Or is it only when PPP supporters take to the streets exercising their democratic right under the constitution to demand a person quit their lawful employment and remain silent that it becomes a "street gang" ?

    I note from the OP that the protesters didn't threaten violence and it wasn't until the group of PAD supporters arrived that the police had to intervene.

    And yes, it is interesting how this episode wasn't reported in the wider media.

    BTW, I believe in the democratic right to protest over "political issues", but not when this right is abused by causing harassment of an individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
    The Thais are like the three bears.

    The poor believe that the PPP will make their life easier by bending the rules in their favour thus giving them more porage. The rich believe the Democrats will help them keep their porage.

    ... but when Goldilocks dies the big bad wolf will take over and screw the lot of them.
    First prize, that is the best one I have heard in a long time!


    Bloody brilliant mate!!

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