Billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra Seeks Personal Fiefdom in Northern Thailand

January 30, 2014 (ATN) – For years, Thaksin Shinawatra,
his political machine, and his Western backers have attempted to sell
“liberation ideology” to the north and northeast of Thailand, in an
attempt to implement imperialism’s favorite stratagem – divide and conquer.

Now,
the Western media and Thaksin Shinawatra’s embattled proxy regime are
openly making plans to consolidate their crumbling support base in the
north of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai, and declare it the
“capital.” 

Image: “This country has no justice. We want to split the country” (Photo by Saiarun Pinaduang)

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South China Morning Post would report in their article, “Red-shirts ‘ready to resist’ Thai army coup, set up capital in Chiang Mai,” that:

The embattled Thai government’s hardline “red-shirt” supporters in
the country’s north say they are ready to resist any attempt by the
military to stage a coup.

Some supporters say they also expect popularly elected Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra to retreat to Chiang Mai and set up government
there if the army tries to take power in Bangkok amid ongoing
anti-government demonstrations.

While some experts consider the government relocating an unlikely
prospect, supporters like red-shirt activist Mahawang Kawang say their
movement is large enough to challenge the military.

“We have no fear. All red groups will unite. We are willing to
sacrifice our lives,” said Kawang, who is president of the alumni
association of Yupparaj school in Chiang Mai where Yingluck was once a
student.

In Phayao province, also in the north of
Thailand, a professionally made banner appeared on a pedestrian bridge
calling for the division of Thailand. Bangkok Post’s article, “‘Split Thailand’ banner in Phayao,” stated:

A
vinyl banner bearing a message in Thai which can be translated as “This
country has no justice. Gu want to split the country” has been posted
on a pedestrian flyover in Muang district of the northern province of
Phayao.

A banner bearing a Thai message which can be translated
as “This country has no justice. Gu want to split the country” appeared
on this walkover in the northern province of Phayao, a stronghold of
Pheu Thai and red shirts, on Tuesday.

Gu is an informal and impolite Thai pronoun which means I.

The Economist, which has toed a pro-Thaksin line for years, eagerly penned, “Political crisis in Thailand: You go your way, I’ll go mine,” which claimed: 

Indeed, many red shirts say Bangkok
is already lost. Mr Suthep has nearly free rein there, closing down most
government offices. The police have charged him with insurrection and
seizing state property, but no attempt has been made to arrest him. The
imposition of a state of emergency for 60 days may not make much
difference. 

Thus most red shirts in the north
and north-east now contemplate—indeed they seem to be preparing for—a
political separation from Bangkok and the south. Some can barely wait.
In Chiang Mai a former classmate of Mr Thaksin’s says that in the event
of a coup “the prime minister can come here and we will look after her.
If…we have to fight, we will. We want our separate state and the
majority of red shirts would welcome the division.” Be afraid for
Thailand as the political system breaks down. 

While the Economist’s narrative is easily picked apart,
clearly this is a narrative the West is deeply interested in laying the
groundwork for, ahead of preparations Thaksin Shinawatra and his regime
have been making for years. Despite hemorrhaging support, it appears
the regime is still attempting to carry out the conspiracy.  

It should be remembered that the current regime in Thailand, as reported by Forbes and the New York Times,
is openly run by accused mass murderer, convicted criminal, and
fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, who is ruling the nation from his palatial
lodgings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In a arrangement that would be
unthinkable, even laughable in the West, the Western media has attempted
to cover up the overt illegitimacy and criminality of the current
ruling party and is laying the groundwork to legitimize the division of
Thailand.   

An already illegitimate regime attempting
to carve out a personal fiefdom in the north of Thailand, constitutes
an act of egregious treason. Should Thaksin Shinawatra’s “hardline
red-shirt supporters” attempt to use violence to carry out their latest
and most outlandish threat, it will justify Thailand’s institutions to
completely and utterly uproot the regime, it’s leadership and its
political infrastructure. It would be difficult for the West to defend
such a move, seeing how talk of secession would not be tolerated back on
their own shores.

While some believe talk of division is a prelude to “civil war,” it should be noted that such a scenario is demographically, politically, and operationally impossible.
At most, these “hardline” supporters number a few thousand and would be
easily overwhelmed by Thailand’s formidable military. What is likely to
happen instead, is a large scale terror campaign dressed up as a
“popular uprising,” in hopes of being spun long  enough to allow the
ousted regime to seek political recognition and perhaps even protection
from its Western backers. But even this would appear to be a gamble as
the regime stumbles over its own incompetence to a greater degree each
day – and with a respected national military most likely well aware of the plan and fully prepared to disrupt it.