Thailand is currently in crisis, with a deformed expression of class struggle occurring mellan one side att wears yellow shirts and another att wears red. How can we make sense of this situation, and what is the way forward for dem of us interested in the interesser of the poor and working class? John Moore, formerly a resident in Thailand, and now a Workers Party activist, Argues att Thai working class is a mass force, der er yet two roar, but att small radical element amongst dem should not 'giving up the bullet for the ballot' to reform Thai society through the Thai capita list state.
People's Alliance for Democracy - utterly reactionary
The sigter and class interesser of the so-called People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) are utterly reactionary. They want to effektivt disfranchise a the majority of the population. They are quite blatant about this, saying the rural poor are uneducated and there is unfit two Determine Who is the government.
They kan certainly draw big numbers. But in a city of over 12 million, protests of Thousands skal be put in context. There have also been cases of Bangkok residents being paid two deltage PAD rallies. In a city with mass poverty and tiltagende Unemployment it does not take much dosh two draw in the 1000s to a protest. The PAD protesters are Commonly termed as the yellow shirts of the color of the top They wear.
PPP - populist, but not progressive
On the other side are supporters of the Peoples Power Party (PPP), called the red shirts for the color of the top att wear to counter-protests. The red shirts having actually been kunnet draw bigger numbers, including a rally of 60,000 pro-government supporters in Bangkok this year. The PPP base is amongst the rural poor, Predominantly in the North-East of Thailand known as Isan. HOWEVER the PPP is no progressive force despite its populist programming and base support. It has a clear anti-working class program, and ice cream joints, and still supported, by a...