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Royalists gathered this morning at the United States Embassy in Bangkok and called on Americans to stop a so-called “hybrid war,” implying that the US government is interfering with Thailand politics during a time of ongoing pro-democracy protests.

Dressed in yellow, the colour symbolising the Thai Monarch, the protesters held signs calling on an end to an alleged hybrid war. Some waved the Thailand national flag and some held up photos of the Royal family. One sign read “Stop hybrid war. Please return peace to the world.”

A large sign was directed at Ambassador Michael George DeSombre, who also served on the board Hong Kong forum which, according to the US government, “seeks to promote the exchange of ideas between scholars and policymakers worldwide and to foster communication between the US and China.”

The sign read “Mr. DeSombre! Your job in Hong Kong was good, but it doesn’t work for Thailand.”

Former singer and member of the Thai Pakdee royalist group, Hurethai Muangboonsri, led the rally and accused the US government of creating divide in Thailand, without providing any details or evidence.

“Don’t make Thais fight among each other or our nation will collapse. Remember that! Stop the conflict and stop the interference. This is Thailand, not Hong Kong.”

It’s unclear how many people showed up at the rally, but Nation Thailand says 20 police officers from Lumpini Station were deployed to secure the area around the embassy.

Whether or not the US is meddling with Thai politics, a pro-democracy activist told The Thaiger in a previous interview that political protests in America have influenced and motivated some in Thailand to rally and speak up for change.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| US Government

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    Geoff

    October 27, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I won’t live long enough to see the day that the US doesn’t interfere with the politics of other countries!

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      Gosport

      October 27, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Uncle Sam is battered hard by his confidence and ability in stemming Covid. He needs something to shore up fainting heart.

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        preesy chepuce

        October 27, 2020 at 9:40 pm

        I blame the Martians – they’re always meddling in Earthling politics.

        Where are all these Martian commenters with pretend English names coming from?

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      Michael

      October 27, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      There is zero evidence of any influence from the US in Thailand.

      But I do see Chinese influence in the way these protestors think and talk. There is only 1 country trying to influence politics in Thailand, and that is China.

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        Smoker

        October 28, 2020 at 10:05 am

        Self-important wannabes have a way of blaming others for their own mistake.. A singer no doubt.. The Kanyne of Wannablers

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    brain

    October 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Unclear how many turned up? looks like about 12!

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    Butch

    October 27, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Just go home and keep out of it America. Too obvious.

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      S2k

      October 27, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Why does anyone think America is involved?

      But, ok, your request is granted.

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      preesy chepuce

      October 27, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      Is that you Butch? Butch Cassidy from Chungking? LOL!

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    Eddie

    October 27, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Yeah yeah yeah CIA caused my constipation and a clooged toilet. Yawn.

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    EdwardV

    October 27, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    The irony in blaming the US is palpable. No doubt it passes right over he heads of the demonstrators.

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    Khun plastic

    October 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    How ungrateful,the Thais have very short memory’s,just think of all those nice airports with very long runways the us built for them in the past and also the amount of employment they provided for many underemployed local ladies in the vicinity of such establishments.

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    Craig

    October 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Uh oh. I’m an American with grand parents from Germany. Don’t tell anyone. 555

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    West Tiger

    October 27, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Americans don’t interfer in any wars anymore. Under Trumps America is becoming a 3rd world country

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      preesy chepuce

      October 27, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Quite, the bourgeoise American running dog is the enemy of the people and the glorious eternal revolution.

      Thank goodness the 20th century is still alive and well.

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    David

    October 27, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    As an American, I think we should stay out of this. The Thai government may not be democratic, but it’s a long way from being like China’s Communist Party, which commits terrible human rights abuses. And why should we take advice from college students? They really don’t know much. These kids watch too many movies and play too many video games. The Thai people enjoy a great deal of freedom, and a much higher standard of living than neighboring countries. The leadership must be doing something right.

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      EdwardV

      October 27, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      David, under past administrations I would agree with you. Obama, Bush, Clinton, all of them had no problem interfering with Thai politics. However under Trump, the opposite is the case as he has been pretty hands off with most of America’s allies. In fact his administration has been bashed from the left for rolling back many of the policies instituted under Obama after the last coup. The protesters at the US Embassy are either misguided, misdirected, or misinformed. The article itself says there is no proof of any US involvement. That said, the protesters at US embassy have nothing to worry about. Once their future Chinese overlords take over, what they hold dear will no longer require them to worry about. Just ask the Chinese Emperor, he can explain how the process works under the CCP.

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      Paul Douglas McCarty

      October 27, 2020 at 10:49 pm

      The Thai government is China’s little brother at this point in time. Thailand is owned by China. The unending greed of rich Thais has seen to this.

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    Edy F.

    October 27, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    And what about the Chinese influence ?

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    Political Observer

    October 28, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Trump could not find Thailand on a map. He does not think about Thailand at all. He is too busy trying to overthrow the democracy of America.

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    MisterStretch

    October 28, 2020 at 11:46 am

    America interfering in Thailand? President Pumpkinhead can’t even pronounce the name of the country correctly, “Thighland”!

    America bashing is a favorite of people that can’t understand what is happening in their own country.

    American demonstrations haven’t influenced young Thais to demonstrate, Thai elite have influenced the young Thais to demonstrate as a result of the actions and policies.

    The issues behind the demonstrations behind these two countries are light-years apart.

    Don’t blame America for your angry youth. It’s your fault.

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    James Pate

    October 29, 2020 at 7:01 am

    This US Ambassador does shoot his mouth off more than his predecessors as I recall. Recently, he praised Thailand for containing Covid, but in the same passive-aggressive breath, severely chastised the country (not his job) for wrecking the economy.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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