Abhisit’s Dictatorial Face Revealed

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva addressed the nation on television on Thursday evening, a day after the state of emergency was declared, to defend the government’s censorships of red-shirt media by stating that by doing so he has succeeded somewhat in stopping “the spread” of “distorted information”, and is “in expectation that there will be a gradual reduction of hatred”.

Abhisit also added that “we should be able to coexist although we do have differing opinions.”

Those words made a mockery of the prime minister himself because the shutting down of red-shirt media such as People Channel Television (PTV), 36 websites including those sympathetic to red shirts such as prachatai.com online newspaper, along with those critical of the monarchy institution such as Fah Diew Kan or www.sameskybooks.org and www.weareallhuman.net, would only cause more hatred towards Abhisit and the old ruling  elite.

What is it with Abhisit in sweet talking about coexisting with “differing opinion” while actively censoring dissent media at the same time? Is this a bad joke? Does the prime minister want to try a shameless and impossible feat of giving lip service to respecting “differing opinion” in society while censoring opposition media as the same time?

What Abhisit has succeeded in doing is making himself look like a dictator and he is doing a fine job at that, especially from the point of view of people who have differing opinions from Abhisit.

By censoring opposition media, Abhisit has demonstrated that he thinks people, especially red shirts, are stupid and vulnerable to ‘propaganda’ generated by red-shirt media and the like. Such patronizing attitude by Abhisit was earlier revealed when mainstream media recently reported that he thinks that red shirts are “victims” of ousted and convicted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra whom red shirts supports. Apparently, the prime minister doesn’t believe that people, especially red shirts, can think for themselves and able to decide whether what they see, hear, or read is true or false, believable or not. Abhisit merely wants to feed them with the “right” and “appropriate” set of information – as if there is ever such consensus set of view and information in any society. 

It is foolish of Abhisit to think that red-shirts, without access to opposition media due to censorships, will simply re-subscribe to state-controlled media or majority of the mainstream media which is overwhelmingly biased against red shirts and generally regards the poor and less educated people as mere pawn in the political struggle without any agency. The fact is, most red shirts have long ceased to trust mainstream and state media due to their partial reports and patronizing commentaries and editorials. The trust in these media is long gone since in 2006 coup and unlikely to be restored anytime soon, if ever. In fact, red shirts have expressed hatred towards many mainstream newspapers, radio and television stations.

Not genuinely accept differing views and what one regards as “distorted information” is a true hallmark of dictatorship. If Abhisit truly respects diversity of views, which includes the right to be “dis-informed” by others and the right to decide by themselves whether the information is truly distorted or not, then there’s absolutely no need whatsoever for the prime minister to censor any media, be it red, yellow or whatever.

What’s more, Abhisit himself had never called for the censorship of yellow-shirt ASTV television or ASTV-Manager Daily Newspaper even though the yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) used it as an instrument to facilitate the seizure of Suvarnabhumi International Airport or publicise the occupation of Government House in 2008. (Back then, this writer wrote an article on The Nation newspaper, defending the right of ASTV to freely disseminate or “distort” information).

Now that Abhisit is busy censoring red-shirt media, he is committing a double-standard faux pas for he failed to see that many anti-red shirt media, be it state-controlled or privately owned, is currently engaged in a frenzy of anti-red-shirt campaign, throwing all kinds of insults and sneers at them.

Given the situation, freedom-loving citizens must peacefully resist such shameless and abusive use of power under emergency decree in order to achieve a censored society. Abhisit’s true face has been revealed, and no less by himself, as a dictator who wishes to control what people read, watch, listen and think.

Abhisit has demonstrated that

Abhisit has demonstrated that he thinks people, especially red shirts, are stupid and vulnerable to ‘propaganda’ generated by red-shirt media and the like.

It's worse than that... he thinks people, especially redshirsts, are stupid and vulnerable to the propaganda that he generates himself, propaganda so utterly false and distorted that it contradicts itself in the midst of a single propaganda session.

The fact is, most red shirts have long ceased to trust mainstream and state media due to their partial reports and patronizing commentaries and editorials.

It is not only redshirts who have ceased to trust the mainstream media but any and every rational person in the Kingdom.

The trust in these media is long gone since in 2006 coup and unlikely to be restored anytime soon, if ever.

Shutting PTV down is not only

Shutting PTV down is not only dictatorial but seriously dangerous and people are even less likely to support the government.

PTV is the only channel that is actually present and live so people can make up their own minds.

The government should counter it directly through their own channel (not the MSM).

If people can't see what is happening then they can still just spread even more false information and the truth can become even more distorted.

A middle-class Thai friend, a

A middle-class Thai friend, a non-red shirt, is especially angry about the shutdown of PTV and websites. He says, "I have a brain. I can tell what's right and what's not."

Goodonyer, Kh Pravit! You

Goodonyer, Kh Pravit! You speak the truth! I'm not a Redshirt, a Yellowshirt, or an Anyothercolourshirt, I'm a liberal (note the small 'l' if you know about Oz politics), so my sympathies are with the Reds (but not entirely with their leaders, & CERTAINLY NOT Thaksin), because they are decent people who have been robbed blind & abused by the poo yai for far too long.

Abhisit & his devious (Thai) Democrat cohorts have been fighting a losing battle ever since they were thrust into power with their ugly & disreputable coalition & cobbled together a cabinet consisting of mafia-style godfathers, human rights abusers and even, we are told, a lady pimp. They're a joke, a disgustingly sick joke, and the world is sniggering & leering as the country sinks into the poo. It's time for them to get out & let the painful process of working out democracy begin.

you wrote in simple words

you wrote in simple words what's in my heart. Me and my whole Thai family (all educated in Europa) think and feel like you. My Thai husband (63 yhrs.,retired ) used to work with Esarn people for over 25 years and he knows them very well by experience - he only whant's them to have a fair chance in this society of modernized Thailand. Thank you for that.
sincerely yours
Eva

Abhisit is an opportunist who

Abhisit is an opportunist who is selfish and shameless. He knows that he is not a legitimate Thai leader because he is installed by Yellow shirts without a general election. Therefore, in order to cling to power, he declares himself a defender of Thai Monarchy. He is a political opportunist and manipulator. He should not make use of Thai highest institution to achieve his political goal, consolidating his power of a Prime Minister. I agree the author of this news report. Abhisit is a dictator who cares nothing but power.

And now he has blood on his

And now he has blood on his hands! 18 dead, & still counting. These unarmed (look at the photos & videos, don't listen to the govt PR) protesters, Thai citizens, were shot by Thai soldiers, an army turned once more on its fellow citizens.

PM Opposite is prattling on about having forensic tests and inquiries into the murders. Will the man who gave the orders and must have set the guidelines be held to account?

He does not have the ability

He does not have the ability to run the country. As a PM, he needs to hear the problem of the people in the north.

There is a water shortage problem for these farmers. Their needs has to be taken care off. They can have differing view points. At the end of the day, they are Thais too.

I am a Master Degree holder and I support the Red. We were once considered an economic threat to Singapore and Malaysia during Thaksin's time. Where are we now?

We are practically a Car City with Toyota and Honda.

If you asked me, who is not corrupted when they are in power? None. The barometer is who can run the economy the best.

After all, if everyone is well taken care off economically, none will have the free time to protest. Obviously not many middle class can join the red shirt as we still have a day job to perform. It is perhaps selfish of us not to show up in the protest as we have too many opportunity cost.

Every revolution has some sacrifice. I salute you guys for putting a fight against these thugs.

Alot of you fail to consider

Alot of you fail to consider is that the democracy in a developing country such as Thailand is not up to par with that of western, developed nations. You all have a point in that Abhisit is censoring anti-government media, ergo engaging in double standards. This, however, is necessary in the re-stabilization of peace and order and the upholding of the government as the authority within society. You have to understand that compromises are necessary; that after months of trying to maintain composure in the face of these extremely disruptive protests, Abhisit is forced to stop the fanning of the reds via misinformation. There's a reason why Abhisit has outlasted Samak and Somchai, and that is because he doesn't want history to repeat. In order for Thailand to move forward as a democracy, we have to be willing to compromise, as it is a means to a much more significant ends. We have to see the big picture in that it was Taksin that prompted this mess and that he should have justice served to him. And we have to see that Thailand needs to truely move on without decisions stemming from the monarchy.

There's a reason why Abhisit

There's a reason why Abhisit has outlasted Samak and Somchai... he has the bureaucracy, the courts, and the military on his side and he's willing to kill as many Thais as he has to stay in power.