Signs of impending chaos

Signs of impending chaos - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit, April 7, 2008
I wish to examine the violent and impolite confrontation that occurred in Parliament between an MP of the People Power Party, Karun Hosakun, and the Democrat Party MP Somkiat Pongpaiboon - that Somkiat has accused Karun of starting.
It is not yet known whether Karun or Somkiat is to believed in this case. This incident highlights, however, the abnormal political conflict that continues to be waged between the ‘old power’ of Thaksin supporters and those who hate him.
Shortly before the confrontation occurred, Thaksin supporters had gathered in front of Thammasat University. The group shouted out impolite slogans in protest against a seminar that was being held by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) inside the university at the time. They also vented their aggressive feelings against PAD by throwing rocks into the university compound. Karun later expressed his dissatisfaction and exasperation to Somkiat (a PAD leader) over his anti-Thaksin sentiments, when they subsequently met in the main hall of the university. Somkiat has long been a staunch critic of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has recently decided to revise Article 237 of the Constitution, which concerns the disbanding of political parties. He also wishes to revise Article 309, which affords a degree of immunity to those who have perpetrated a coup d’etat against the Government. Samak has recently aired some rather aggressive criticisms against those who are opposed to these revisions.
All groups in Thai society should realize the dangers that are inherent in such conflicts, and begin to realize that it is necessary for us all to use our mental capacities to override our own naturally selfish political tendencies.
Samak should begin to demonstrate some maturity over this issue, by allowing the public to fully participate in the revision of the Constitution.
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