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Some claim “invisible Western hands” back Thailand’s pro-democracy movement

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Twitter: @justin_th_th

As the pro-democracy movement spreads, some are speaking out and accusing Western countries – specifically the United States – of “interfering” with Thai politics and backing the student-led protests. A commentator for the Chinese Community Party tabloid Global Times even said the Thai youth are being used as “cannon fodder by the US and its proxies.”

Pro-democracy activists say this isn’t the case and their movement spurs from years of discontent with Thailand’s politics. Activists are calling on reform on both the military-run government and the monarchy as well as a rewrite of the 2017 Constitution. They’re also pushing PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign.

Thai PBS says conspiracy theorists have named the United States as the main “foreign hand” backing the pro-democracy protests.

In the opinion piece published in the Global Times, Yu Qun, deputy director of the Military Diplomacy Research Center at China’s National University of Defense Technology, said he believes the United States government is trying to overthrow Thailand’s current political system.

The Thai government and mainstream media believe that anti-government forces in the country have colluded with the US and other Western countries to use young people with the ultimate goal to overthrow the current political system in Thailand. Those forces aim to bring in pro-West political proxies to rule the country with Western-styled democracy. It is essentially a “color revolution.”

This is in line with the US’ general practice. The US manipulated color revolutions in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and other countries and regions for its political intentions, leaving many countries in a mess, threatening regional and world peace and stability.

It is unclear whether the Thai young generation, who are currently being used as cannon fodder by the US and its proxies, actually understand that a color revolution is not as beautiful nor peaceful as portrayed.

Some royalists have also accused the US of a so-called “hybrid war.” Last week, a group gathered outside the United States Embassy in Bangkok and called on the American government to stop interfering with Thailand politics. One sign read “Stop hybrid war. Please return peace to the world.”

Last year, Thailand’s then-Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong warned that Thailand was facing “hybrid warfare” waged by a “ill-intentioned politicians.” He also accused some of the “foreign educated” academics with leftist views of being “masterminds” behind many anti-government and anti-military activities.

Some recently accused the US government of backing Thailand’s recent student protests after photos of a former US Ambassador to Thailand and pro-democracy student leader were shared online. The US Embassy then released a statement saying embassy personnel regularly meet with many different people throughout Thailand and the meetings do not imply endorsement of any views.

“The United States government is not funding or otherwise providing support to any of the protests in Thailand. The United States does not support any individual or political party; we support the democratic process and the rule of law.”

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Global Times| US Embassy Bangkok


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    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    To all the second class farang people living in Thailand who are living on yearly retirement or other temporary visas.

    I said a few years ago Thailand is moving closer to China and farangs from the West would be blamed for things they have nothing to do with and be used as a scapegoat and life would get harder for them there.

    So start making long term future plans now as you will not be welcome there long-term in the future, you will be able to go as one of the 30 million tourists with China making up most of the tourists but you will not be welcome to stay there long term.

    The relatively few numbers of farang long term stayers with their small pensions contribute very little to the economy compared to the vast number of tourists spending thousands of baht a day each, so you are disposable when compared to trade with China.

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      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      True. Its time to go before you are ejected. You contribute peanuts.

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      Malc Thai

      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      So to get a retirement visa you have to show a monthly income of ฿65,000 a month ? You think that’s too small to live on in Thailand and not wanted here

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    Mr Brian Raymond Appleyard

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Thailand was targeted by the Obama administration.i hope TRUMP can undo the damage to Thailand .He is the only word leader at the moment. Not looking to become a communes dicteral run country

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      sam thompson

      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      Good grief with a name like Brian Raymond Appleyard, you are likely to be a native English speaker. Your comment ends in pure gibberish and was not that clever at the beginning, Trump is the only dicteral [sic] named in your disingenuous, inaccurate and gullible post.

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    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Of course, China is looking for another autocratic ally to establish an unprecedented world domination. China is doing very nasty scary things, it should worry us all.

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    Hans Eriksson

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    The thai economy will be realy bad when the farang stop go to Thailand and Thailand can not export more girls to western contreys. The girls are sending home billions of bath every year

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      Johnny Rambo

      Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 2:10 am

      Never p*** off those who are feeding you. Without the farangs Thailand wont survive long.

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    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    “A commentator for the Chinese Community Party tabloid Global Times even said the Thai youth are being used…” – considering the source I find it hard to believe anyone is naïve enough to take this seriously.

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    Johnny Rambo

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 1:24 am

    It’s time for the West to sanction Thailand and to teach this minion of China a lesson it will never forget.

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    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 2:29 am

    it’s more and even more 1984

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    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:15 am

    The Thai Baht remains super strong even when the economy is seriously buffeted by no tourists…why? one word, 5 letters…starts with C ends with a

    The current rulers are merely (wealthy) puppets of that same word. I admire the young Thais for wanting proper and decent government and fair elections, but they have a seriously massive task ahead of them, the West should support them and all Thais to achieve genuine Democracy

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:13 am

    China is preparing an invasion with their high-speed rail link with Thailand and down the peninsula into Malaysia…and all the Thais can think of is, “Look at the money that Chinese tourists bring us”.

    The price will be much higher than they want to pay.

    Western hands influencing Thai protesters? Nah, incompetent government is influencing Thai protesters.

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    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Retirement visa- 65,000 b each mo (FTT code) or 800K in the bk. for 3 mos.
    Marriage visa- 40,000 (FTT) each mo or 400k in bk.
    No skipping mos. Also, something new- they wanted to see docs. on source of income from my country
    24 hr. bank letter for past 1 yr. deposits. (takes about 1 week for bkk bank- sent from bangkok) Copies of all pages bank book.
    All imm. ofices different and subject to change of rules. Best go in one month early to see excactly what you need

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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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