This is crazy:
The Southeast Asian nation’s latest bout of unrest began late last year and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has tried to ease it by dissolving Parliament and calling for new elections on Feb. 2.
There are growing doubts that the vote will take place, however, and both protesters and the main opposition Democrat Party are calling for a boycott. Yingluck’s opponents are demanding she step aside so an interim, non-elected government can take over and implement reforms before any new poll is held.
“I’ve stressed many times I have a duty to act according to my responsibility after the dissolution of Parliament,” Yingluck told reporters. “I’d like to say right now I am not holding on (to my position) but I have to keep political stability. I’m doing my duty to preserve democracy.”
Yingluck proposed to meet Wednesday with various groups — including her opponents — to discuss a proposal from the Election Commission to postpone the February vote. But protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, the Democrats and even the Election Commission has refused to take part.
The Democrat Party can’t win an election, theirs is a minority view. Not only do they not accept this, wanting to get rid of democracy to get their way, but they don’t think the majority party should even have a say in the country–it’s pretty impressive. That makes statements like this pretty amazing:
Suthep, who has taken to the protest stage with fiery rhetoric nearly every day for weeks, called on supporters Tuesday to shut down all government offices and cut water and electricity to the private residences of Yingluck and her Cabinet “in the next two or three days.”
“If they are still being obstinate, then we will capture them one by one because the people are not interested in fighting for years,” he said.
Obviously he doesn’t consider the majority of Thais as people.