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Has Yingluck Shinawatra’s Luck Run Out?

    February 19, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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The last few months for embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have no doubt been nightmarish. It has been far worse for the anti-government protesters who have found themselves the victims of increased violence which recently resulted in multiple deaths.

As the protests rage on it appears the odds are increasingly shifting towards those presently seeking to have Shinawatra removed from office.

A Thai court has banned the government from using violence against protesters who want the prime minister out of office. The Civil Court ruled on Wednesday that the emergency decree issued by Shinawatra and a special security command center are in fact unconstitutional.

The decree made it illegal for more than five individuals to gather in a single place at once, being allowed into certain buildings, or for demonstrators to be allowed to use certain roads.

The ruling arrives a day after clashes between protesters and riot police resulted in five fatalities and dozens of injuries.

For now the ban may avoid the intervention of the Thai military, which was responsible from moving Shinawatra’s brother, Thaksin, from power back in 2006.

In truth there has been some unrest in Thailand since Thaksin Shinawatra was in power. A number of citizens continue to feel that the wealthy and powerful Shinawatra family is corrupt and bad for the progress of the nation.

They may have a legitimate concern.

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission or NACC, has announced that the current prime minister could face charges of abuse of power and maleficence.

The charges are based on legislation that promised to pay farmers above the market prices for their crop, regardless of the quality of the crop.

The Thai government underestimated how rice traders would respond to the overpriced and under quality rice crops. Instead of paying for the items, many switched to rival markets in other countries.

Farmers have reportedly not been paid since September, resulting in a number of them heading to Bangkok to join the ongoing protests.

The botched scheme has left Shinawatra’s government in hot water and presented the strongest challenge yet to her authority.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • John C. Kimbrough

    Yingluck Shinawatra is actually a very popular person in Thailand. She is popular with women because she is the first female Prime Minister of Thailand. She is popular with men and women from the North and Northeast who see her as someone who can identify with the problems and issues that they face and address them. She has also become more popular among many who were at one time ambivalent regarding her because of how much she has been abused by the anti-government protesters and how well she has withstood it. There has always been corruption in Thailand and those who say that it is worse now could very well be wrong. The poor know about corruption but at least under the Shinawatras their needs were addressed and the exploitation of them by the wealthy people in Bangkok was lessened. The various sources that I have in the country tell me that Yingluck is supported by many. In addition, and it is not addressed much by writers who are currently covering this story, much of the population of Bangkok is made up of people who migrated from the North and Northeast and settled in Bangkok long ago. Whether Yingluck Shinawatra survives as prime minister is unknown at this time, but the winds of change are blowing very, very firmly in Thailand and it’s society and culture now. Let us hope that those changes are accepted by all and the country can move forward. It is certainly better for all of the country to have a economically strong and viable North and Northeast where so much of the population lives then to have only Bangkok and the South be economically stable and well off……..