#240 thai red-tees

Sad indeed to see and hear that the red-tees protestors (of ousted and exiled Thaksin) stormed into the venue where the Asian Summit leaders were to meet over the weekend. The leaders were evacuated and the meeting cancelled.

These protestors appear to become bolder and bolder as the day passes…

“The government can’t do anything,” said Lada Yingmanee, a 37-year-old protester. “We will show them what tens of thousands of unarmed civilians can do. The people will finally rule our beloved Thailand.”

Speaking to the crowd at Government House, the prime minister’s office, a protest leader, Jakrapob Penkair, said a state of emergency was “a declaration of war against the people of Thailand.”
He added: “They will try to disperse the crowds, but we will remain at Government House. We will start a people’s war.”

They became lawless to the point of attacking the car of the prime minister! Have they disregarded the Parliament which appointed Abhisit as their prime minister?


 “I believe the people have seen what happened to me,” Mr. Abhisit said on television shortly afterward. “They have seen that the protesters were trying to hurt me and smash the car.”

Do these protestors have an alternative person in mind if they had wanted the present prime minister out? Or are these protestors fighting air?

Have the red-tees fallen into the hand of Thaksin who had been making nightly broadcasts (according to sources) from Dubai, UAE?

In the midst of the global financial crisis and economic downturn, are those without jobs joining in these groups hoping for a miracle? Or, is this one way of making a few bahts to survive for the moment?

“We need reconciliation, and I don’t see any sign that it is coming,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University. “Signs are pointing in the opposite direction, which is that things are going to get worse.”

It is a situation that Mr. Thaksin may be hoping to exploit, Mr. Thitinan said, in which he could return as the only person to bring the red shirts under control.

“Right now the red shirts are on the resurgence, and we don’t know where they are going with it,” Mr. Thitinan said. “But the pendulum is likely to swing to very suppressive tactics and brutal and harsh reactions from the right, the establishment.”

#223 protestors

Interestingly, within a span of four months, there was a change of leadership in Thailand — from Samak to Somchai to Abhisit.

What were the protestors thinking when they sat in the two airports halting all flights and creating an economic crisis within the nation? Were they not slapping their own cheeks? Have they not made life difficult for the masses?

Have they fallen into the hands of those who paid them to protest?

Will these protestors wake up one day to regret the rest of their lives for their youthful wile?


Mongolia is in a confused state — some Mongolians took to protest allegating that votes were rigged. Does freedom means protest and destruction of premises and getting one another arrested — in the name of human rights which the world is hawking on China’s human rights issue?

If Mongolians do not appreciate freedom, will there be elections in future? Will the world point a finger saying I told you so…that China is an authoritarian rule? Is this what the world wants to see in order to put that nation down?

I sincerely hope China will rise above criticisms and allegations…

I hope the world will give the present leaders in China a chance to run their nation which has long history of dissensions and strifes — certainly not easy to rule a country when it’s so huge in land area.

I wonder — is this a ploy of the human rights organisations especially by the exiled leader who claims himself a spiritual leader. If this exiled leader is truly a spiritual leader, he would not be involved in politics of this nature.

I note whenever reconciliation talk was taking place between the envoys of exiled leader and China, there would inevitably be some form of protests in parts of China. Is their holding talks a signal for more protests — so as to put China down as the Olympic Games is due in a couple of weeks’ time!

If this is so, this is a most devious ploy.

I certainly hope the world will focus on the Olympic Games as an event in celebration of athletic prowess and glory — not on politics or finger-pointing on human rights issue!



Now I’m going to lift a section of news reported:

The Dalai Lama, on a visit to Japan, said China had the right to host the Games but blamed Beijing for the unrest, saying there was no freedom of speech in his homeland.

“They really deserve” the Olympics, he said. “In spite of the unfortunate events in Tibet, my position has not changed,” he said.

Pro-Tibet groups, human rights activists and other campaigners have shadowed the flame since it was lit in Greece on March 24, starting its 20-country journey across the globe.

Protesters disrupted the torch relay this week in London and Paris, where officials had to extinguish the flame several times.

There was no major trouble in San Francisco after organisers shortened the course and switched the route. The torch is now in Buenos Aires for a planned 13-kilometre (eight-mile) relay through the Argentine capital.

The White House on Thursday shrugged off concerns about US protests targeting the flame and vowed to keep pushing China on human rights, and holding talks with the Dalai Lama.


I have many unanswered questions to the going-ons using the Olympic Games platform — personally I see this as the opportunists using this Games to vent and stir unrests and chaos.

The protestors in UK and France have brought this upon themselves — many have seen the chaos and unrests mounting — do you think China will allow such protest groups during the Olympic Games? Haha…Will the terrorist groups disguise themselves as part of the protest groups? Then the blame-game begins…

Do the Tibetans want a theocracy state or the young want to move on with the times? Why did the Dalai forsake his people in 1959? Why are the world leaders rallying behind him on this ‘label’ of ‘China’s past track records of human rights’?

Who is right? Who is wrong? Can anyone tell another how to govern one’s country?

Why is the human rights issue, the land Tibet and the Dalai taking centerstage at this Olympic Games — is the Games not a display and about the sportspersons and athletes?

Are we missing the point here? If this is, then scrap the Olympic Games…to the glee of human rights’ organisations and its leaders!


I love watching the Olympic Games. Every country that hosted the Games have always been the best…the joys and jubilance. The athletes and sportspersons are a great inspiration…their persistence, diligence and fortitude in perfecting their skills! Oh what joy to watch the display of their talents!

However, I felt sick viewing the footages of protests on the Olympic Torch relay. This is sheer folly and downright disrespecting the sportsmanship and spirit of the Olympic Games.

I agree these words expressed by…

Swedish IOC member Gunilla Lindberg said the protests were “damaging the Olympic movement”…

…”Using the torch this way is almost a crime. This is the property of the IOC, it is not a Chinese torch.”


Personally, what has the championing for human rights got to do with the Olympic Torch relay? By boycotting the Olympic Games, will this bring peace or free Tibet? I wonder…how naive indeed!

What do the protestors want? What do they want to achieve? Is this human right?

They’ve just displayed a violating of human rights themselves by their sickening behavior!

How do they propose to ‘free Tibet’ when they are so angry, violent and chaotic at the different venues of the countries the Olympic Torch graced?

The Torch represents hope, unity and peace. 

I believe this is what the protestors want but…their very presence and actions contradict that the Torch stood for.

Have the protestors missed the mark by being so aggressive and angry? Have they not mocked themselves?



The Olympic Torch is a symbol for peace.

Looking at the pictures (unfortunately I’ve not been able to post pictures on my blog),  the faces of protestors looked agitated and angry…these show they are not peace protestors. They’re more agitators. Protests always bring the worst out of the human beings, no matter how peaceful!

The London and Paris leg of the Olympic Relay give a good indication why the Chinese authorities have to quell the protest groups brewing in China.

Where are the leaders of the human rights organisations now that such chaos and unhappiness created in London and Paris? Are these leaders happy to see such sights? Are these leaders encouraging such unrests and unhappiness?

Where is the Dalai? Is he happy to see such rallying behind him on Tibet? Is this what his religion want and calling for such?

I imagine when this Torch arrives in the US, we shall see more interesting sights of unrests and chaos!

So some political leaders are calling for peace talk… Can peace talks reach any concensus at such short time? I’ve yet to read of peace talks reaching consensus under such circumstances! 

The protestors in Paris claim a win but are they? Where is the win-win?

Using the Olympic Games platform to air the national grievances of Tibet is sheer folly…under the banner of human rights? What is human rights in all this chaos and unrests and agitation?

Are these protestors trying to snuff out the Olympic Torch for peace?


A China analyst on the BBC reckoned Chinese leaders do care what others say…so now I’m going to see the triumph of more threats of boycott at the Opening of the Olympic Games resulting from putting this prominent human rights activist in jail.

Well, with the slowing of world economy on the horizon externally and high inflation together with this recent Tibet unrest, and other pressing issues at home, we’re going to see the success of those wishing to ‘tame’ the Chinese leaders on the human rights issue.

Can the Chinese leaders afford to see unrests and protests brewing in Beijing climax at the Olympic Games to the proportion that of the recent unrests and protests in Tibet and neighboring provinces?

Should there be unrests during the Olympic Games especially its Opening, will China be severely criticised for poor security? Then leaders like Sarkozy is foresighted in boycotting the Opening for his own security lest the protests get out of hand (the writer is aware he was highlighting the Tibet issue. What has the Tibet unrest got to do with the Olympic Games?)!


Is the protest and unrest in Tibet an external instigation exploiting the discontented nationals?

Is this not folly of the nationals to fall prey to such designs of unrest or protest? Is this the only way to embrace or stimulate change? Every one loses when incited to anger and chaos. The Tibetans have been feeling the lack of ‘something’ — many are caught between tradition and modernity (changes)… I do not know enough of its politics but this certainly is no way to resolve some discontents and unhappiness! Surely there must be a more congenial solution.

Those human rights groups do not stand to lose — it’s the nationals who need to pick up the pieces aftermath!

Why loot and burn the Chinese shops when these are the ones who actually bring in some stimuli to the economy, in its miniscule!? By setting fires to buildings, are these nationals not incurring more losses at every turn?

Recently the Icelandic singer, Bjork, deliberately shout out ‘Tibet, Tibet’ during her concert held in Shanghai Gymnastic Center. Is she in cahoot with those Western star celebrities like Spielberg or Richard Gere (was accused of obscene public behavior in India when he hugged and kissed Shilpa Shetty but was dismissed as frivolity) in undermining and politicising the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing? Is there link to these events?!

I hope the leaders both in Beijing and Tibet will resolve this with wisdom and integrity — for the sake of peace and humanity.