September 10, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – ATN) – Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak – who had visited the US Embassy at least twice since beginning his protests after the 2014 coup and to specifically meet with US Ambassador Glyn Davies – a specialist in “non-military instruments in persuasive, inducement, and coercive strategies” – now vows to “lead” a major rally in Bangkok on September 19.
He has openly stated he will pick a venue specifically where political activity is prohibited. This is deliberately to provoke a confrontation the protest’s sponsors have long-desired.
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Virtually every aspect of the protests Parit “leads” is funded by the US government primarily through its regime-change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – a fact as easy to verify as simply visiting the US NED’s own official website where up to 18 programs and organizations are listed – all of whom are involved in activities related to Thailand’s internal political affairs.
US NED funding involves everything from organizations forming the current protest’s core leadership, to organizing petitions to rewrite Thailand’s constitution, to promoting the protests across the media, to even filling up the protests with people.
US-funded Orgs Will Lead, Facilitate the Demands of, and even Bring People to Rally
Another core leader, Anon Nampa, is a lawyer for “Thai Lawyers for Human Rights” (TLHR) which has been funded since its creation in 2014 by the US NED. It was listed under its own name in 2014 – archived here – and has since been funded under the Union for Civil Liberty whose website lists TLHR as a member at the bottom of its page.
TLHR not only supplies the protests with a core leader, but also provides legal aid to other protest leaders, and uses its online presence to promote rally times, dates, and locations.
One of the main demands of these protests includes rewriting Thailand’s constitution. The US NED-funded front Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) has been organizing a nationwide petition to sponsor a motion to do so with booths set up at each and every protest venue – big or small. US NED-funded iLaw has selected the September 19 rally as the deadline for its petition drive.
The US NED’s own website lists iLaw as “Internet Law Reform Dialogue” and iLaw itself admits it is funded by the US government via the NED on its “about us” page. A foreign-funded organization engaged in activities to rewrite the Thai constitution constitutes political interference in violation of international laws and norms – laws and norms the US itself would not allow to be infringed upon in regards to its own internal political affairs.
Leading up to and including during the September 19 rally both promoting the event and providing lopsidedly positive coverage will be a network of US NED-funded media organizations including Prachatai, The 101 Percent, Isaan Record, and Benar News.
Not only is Prachatai funded by the US NED but its director Chiranuch Premchaiporn is listed on the US NED’s own website as a “Fellow.”
US Interference in Thailand One of Many US Interventions Worldwide
It is not a coincidence that every organization involved in current anti-government protests in Thailand are either funded by the US government or has met repeatedly with representatives of the US government at the US Embassy in Bangkok or through the US Consulate in Chiang Mai.
It is part of a much wider pattern of Washington’s global campaign of political, economic, and even military interventions – from North Africa and the Middle East where NED-funded protests led directly to US military intervention to Hong Kong where US-funded protesters carried out a violent campaign of vandalism, arson, and attacks on public property and perceived political enemies.
Not only is every aspect of current protests in Thailand linked to US government interference, many of these protesters coordinate with US-funded protests in Hong Kong. Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak himself had travelled to Hong Kong to meet Joshua Wong and Nathan Law – two US proxies who literally flew to Washington D.C. to ask for and receive from the US government support for their ongoing subversion against China.
When, Not If: All US-Backed Mobs Resort to Violence
Fears that Parit’s September 19 rally may seek to provoke violence is rooted in Parit’s open support of billionaire fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, his various political parties – including Thanathorn’s Future Forward/Move Forward – and Thaksin’s violent street front known as the “red shirts.” The red shirts had carried out campaigns of violence in 2009 and 2010. The latter would see the use of war weapons triggering gun battles in the capital that left nearly 100 dead and billions of dollars in damages from subsequent arson.
Parit has met with red shirt leaders and has participated in red shirt rallies. His “student protest” is in reality nothing more than a rebranding to give the current protests a “clean slate” in the eyes of a poorly informed international audience – but serve the interests of billionaire fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, his political machine, and a US seeking to place them into power as an alternative to the current Beijing-leaning Thai government.
While it is not certain there will be any sort of violence at the upcoming rally, it should be noted that this opposition comes from a position of weakness and the current government could simply play for time as the opposition’s weakness grows. To accelerate events and attract “international” – read: Western – pressure, violence will be a necessary component. In this age of cameras everywhere the ability to portray staged violence as a “crackdown” will depend entirely on the Western media’s ability to control the narrative.