Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jakraphop has Lost His Marbles (or his English is really bad)

The protesters - the so called Red Shirts - are loyal to a former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been urging demonstrators to overthrow the government.

The telecoms billionaire, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006, fled Thailand in August before being sentenced to two years in prison on corruption charges.

He has made a series of speeches by telephone and video in recent weeks encouraging his anti-government forces to take to the streets. Jakrapob Penkair is a leading member of the red shirt protest movement, and he spoke to Karen Percy yesterday evening in Bangkok.

Presenter: Karen Percy, South East Asia correspondent
Speaker: Jakrapob Penkair, deputy secretary to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and president of the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship

Listen to the interview.


hobby said...

IMO, his English is quite good, as usual.
Actually, I was quite surprised that he left out much of the usual spin - basically I see this interview as an extension of the themes he raised at the FCCT a year or so ago.

The disturbing thing is that he is trying to say this is a revolution like say the french or russian ones, and he basically wants to kust let it play out no matter what the violence.
I think that is quite irresponsible when there are other less violent possibilities.

Thanks for posting the interview.

Tettyan said...

I can't believe my alma mater give this guy a degree.

glparramatta said...

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*, Turn Left Thailand

April 13, 2009 -- For the fourth time in forty years, troops have opened
fire on pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok. Each time, the aim has
been the same: to protect the interests of the conservative elites who
have run Thailand for the past 70 years.

For those watching the cold-blooded murder by soldiers on the streets of
Bangkok, it may be tempting just to assume that the present chaos is
merely about different coloured T-shirts and supporters of different
political parties, as though they were mirror images of each other. This
is not the case.

Full article at