Above: From Daily News, February 12, 2012
Thaksin raps coup ‘masterminds’ – Bangkok Post, May 22, 2015
…Thaksin said in the interview that he and his younger sister Yingluck ended up being treated the same way. “I’ve told prime minister Poo that what happened to her is exactly the same as what happened to me,” he said.
Poo is Ms Yingluck’s nickname.
“The armed forces might admire Myanmar-style democracy. But it’s over in Myanmar,” he said in the interview, which was conducted in Thai…
Privy Councilor Prem Tinsulanonda has long been held up to Thaksin’s supporters as the ultimate villain in his repeated downfalls.
The Red Shirt calls to overthrow and slay “aristocrats” are meant to show they are unafraid of facing down the Privy Council and all it represents. As recently as 2013, the idea was floated that the Privy Council should be reorganized as part of Pheu Thai moves to strip power from organizations that could impede the activities of an elected government.
When prime minster in the 1980s, Prem faced down two unsuccessful coups from the so-called “Young Turks”–ambitious officers who were not only trying to overthrow the government, but top army officers as well.
Many key figures in modern politics were players during that time–Chavalit Yongjiyut (who put down the Young Turks coup in Bangkok), Manoonkrit Roopkachorn (elected to the senate after being disqualified for buying votes, he allowed the investigation against Constitution Court judges who inexplicably ruled for Thaksin in his asset concealment case), and Ekkayuth Anchanbutr (financier of the Young Turks clique and financial scammer who became an arch-Thaksin critic and later died under murky circumstances).
As former prime minister, Prem maintained enormous power after leaving office and is credited with ending both the Communist and separatist Muslim insurgencies in the Thai Deep South.
Thaksin’s statements targeting the Privy Council and criticizing the junta, made as he strategically emerges in Seoul as Yingluck appears in court, indicate he is not giving up the struggle for political power.
Prem and the Privy Council rarely figure in international media accounts of Thai political turmoil, but he is a staple of the Thai media:
2005: Privy Council president rebukes Thaksin
2007: Thaksin’s First Target: UDD Surprise Raid on Privy Council President’s House
2007: Banners Encouraging Prem
2009: Red Shirt Publications: It’s all about Prem!
2012: Thaksin: Thai King’s Advisers Key to Lese-Majeste Reform
2012: Yingluck attempts detente with Privy Council President Prem
2012: Red Shirt Publications: Prem Named as Coup Leader
2012: Thai editorial cartoon: How to Explain the Prem Meeting to the Red Shirts
2012: Thai editorial cartoon: Thaksin Confuses His Buffaloes
2012: Thai editorial cartoon: Prem Attacks the Government
2014: Thai editorial cartoon: Who is stronger? Prem or Prawit?