Thai middle classes are violently opposed to democracy

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Over the last few decades, so much nonsense has been written about the so-called progressive power of the “middle classes”. Yet the Thai middle classes are usually selfish, grasping, backward-looking and cowardly.

Recently a bunch of middle class yellow shirts, supporters of thuggish Democrat Party politician Sutep Teuksuban, paid a solidarity visit to the “popcorn” gunman who is now serving a long prison sentence for firing an automatic rifle at people supporting the right to vote in the 2014 election. One person was killed and 3 more seriously injured as a result.

An anti-government protester shoots his rifle, hidden it inside a sack, toward pro-government protesters during clashes in Bangkok February 1, 2014. Dozens of gunshots and at least two explosions raised tension amid anti-government protests in Thailand's capital on Saturday, a day ahead of a general election seen as incapable of restoring stability in the deeply polarised country. REUTERS/Nir Elias (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

The “popcorn” gunman fired his rifle from inside a large green and yellow popcorn sack. He and a number of other gunmen collected their weapons from the back of a vehicle at Lak Si in Bangkok before going on a violent rampage. None of the other gunmen have been caught or punished and little effort has been put into catching the remaining killers


The popcorn gunman was photographed numerous times and pictures and videos of his actions received much publicity: hence he became a necessary sacrifice for the anti-democrats.

Lak Si is where the fascist monk Buddha Isara blocked the polling station, refusing to allow people to exercise their right to vote. Fascist Isara made a statement after the popcorn gunman was sentenced to jail, stating that he had helped pay for his defence and would always support him.

This obnoxious monk and Sutep Teuksuban, who led the various anti-election mobs, should be put in jail on the basis of being the master-minders and funders of these violent actions. But do not hold your breath. Fascist Buddha Isara is generalissimo Prayut’s favourite monk and has been given a free hand to organise reactionary demonstrations and spread his filth. We should not forget either that the junta head and the two-faced Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva are guilty of mass murder on the streets when they organised the shooting of pro-democracy demonstrators in 2010.

The middle classes in Thailand hate and despise the majority of ordinary working people and the poor. They hate the fact that rich tycoon Taksin won the hearts and minds of most ordinary people with his universal health care and pro-poor policies. The middle classes loathe democracy because they are out-voted by the majority. They want to turn the clock back to a time when workers and small farmers knew their place and suffered their poverty in silence. They want to hang on to their ill-gotten privileges by maintaining social and economic inequalities. They are cowardly because they fawn on the rich and powerful and grovel to the monarchy. They also hide behind the men of the military. The violent disruption of the elections was designed to cause a crisis which could be used as an excuse to stage yet another military coup.

The rotten “electoral commission”, which failed to properly organise the 2014 elections in the first place, has come out to blame Sutep’s mob and the Yingluk government for the failure of the elections. Apparently, according to this worthless organisation, Yingluk should not have dissolved parliament to deal with the crisis when it was obvious that the opposition were violently opposed to elections which they knew they would lose! Sutep’s mob have responded by asking their “daddy”, Generalissimo Prayut to “rule” that only Yingluk and the electoral commission were guilty.

The head of the electoral commission spent large amounts of public money on foreign study trips after the coup. One wonders why he and his team are still in employment, given that democratic elections have been put off for the foreseeable future, especially after the recent rantings of general “pig-face” Prawit Wongsuwan. Deputy junta head Prawit has been grunting about the need to have appointed senators to oversee any future civilian government. Apparently, this is a full-proof measure to prevent any future need for a military coup.


As the middle-class reactionaries and their pet monk are given the green light to mobilise politically, Workers celebrating international women’s day were stopped from expressing opposition to Article 44 or the “because I say so” law ( ) and other aspects of authoritarian rule. Their posters were torn out of their hands by the police.


As I have often maintained, the future of Thai democracy lies in the hands of working people, and especially in their hands when they organise themselves.