Giles Ji Ungpakorn
The Thai military junta has been summonsing all chairpersons of local trade unions to report to army offices. So far only about half the elected trade unionists are complying with the dictates of the generals.
Of course, the junta has not summonsed employers or businessmen to report and be given a lecture in discipline.
Of course, the junta has not systematically summonsed NGO leaders or conservative academics who have advocated shrinking the democratic space. Neither has it arrested and jailed the Democrat Party thugs who used violence on the streets earlier this year.
Taken with the general picture of the military crack down, it is obvious that red shirts, trade unionists, progressive academics and all those who are pro-democracy activists are the target of repression.
Make no mistake, this is a class war, waged by the conservative elites who hate democracy because democracy helps to empower the poor, the working class and the farmers. They hate Taksin because he won the hearts and minds of the poor and could win elections. They don’t hate Taksin for his human rights abuses or even the fact that he used the same corrupt practices as the generals and the Democrats.