Thai Anti-Government Protest Leader Killed

Tyler Durden's picture

As if emerging markets didn't have enough things to worry about following a week in which both the Turkish and Argentina currencies are in free fall, overnight we got a stark reminder from Thailand that the country where the 1997 Asian Crisis originated, is also on the brink and getting worse following news that a anti-government protest leader was shot and killed.

Reuters reports, citing a spokesman for the national police, that the dead man as Suthin Tharatin - one of the protest leaders- was shot in the head and in the chest.

He was killed when when violence erupted as demonstrators blocked early voting in many areas of the capital ahead of a disputed election next week. "It brings the death toll to 10, with scores wounded, since protesters took to the streets in November, vowing to shut down the capital and force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office."

Still, in a world riddled with false flags attacks, it might be the case that provocateurs within the protesting group (potentially funded by a well-known destabilizing spy agency, usually abbreviated with three letters) were the ones who actually pulled the trigger. "It was not immediately clear who had fired the shots, but the protesters accused the government and police of trying to intimidate them. "The government has allowed thugs to use weapons," Akanat Promphan, a spokesman for the protesters, told reporters. Private gun ownership is widespread in the country."

Who may have fired the gun at this point is irrelevant; what matters is that not only will the Thai Baht continue to lose value in the coming days, and capital outflows will accelerate, but will add to doubts over whether the February 2 election can go ahead.

Yingluck called the February 2 election, hoping to cement her hold on power but the protests have continued and the Election Commission has been pushing to delay the vote. In a clear setback for Yingluck, a senior government official said that as many as 45 of the 50 polling stations set up in Bangkok for advanced voting had been shut because of anti-government protesters.


Chris Baker, a historian and Bangkok-based analyst, said the violence added pressure on Yingluck to delay the vote.


"It does weaken the government's position. The protesters will blame this on the government," said Baker. "With or without this incident the likelihood for violence was there already. I don't think it changes in the trajectory."


The protests are the latest eruption in a political conflict that has gripped Thailand for eight years and which is starting to hurt growth and investor confidence in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.

At its core, the ongoing clashes in Thailand are merely yet another expression of the rich vs poor class conflict that the billionaires in Davos fixed once and for all last week:

The conflict broadly pits Bangkok's middle class and elite, and followers in the south, against mainly poor rural backers of Yingluck and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in the populous north and northeast.

What the outcome of the Thailand escalations will be is still unknown, however in a globalized world that is more interconnected than ever, the inevitable plunge in the Thai economy is certain to have ripple effects across both other Asian economies and the rest of the world. And that is assuming the world's MIT-indoctrinated central planners manage to halt the capital outflows from Thailand before yet another Asian crisis rears its head 17 years after the last one.

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Croesus's picture

His name was Suthin Tharatin

The Gooch's picture

His name was Suthin Tharatin.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

This is how revolutions start.

KickIce's picture

And here I thought it was by taking away EBT cards or ESPN.

The closest we have come is the NFL replacement refs.

General Decline's picture

"Who may have fired the gun at this point is irrelevant".


KickIce's picture

Kinda like neglecting to include the role banks play in wars.

Keyser's picture

In case you guys missed it, the shit has officially hit the fan in Thailand, Argentina, Ukraine, Ireland, Manila, etc...  Some of the knock on effect of the US exporting it's inflation via QE and debasement. It only gets worse from here. 


silvermail's picture

US exporting not only inflation via QE and debasement.
US exporting terrorism via al-Qaeda and other radical groups around the world.

BuddyEffed's picture

Will someone pay a small fine, with no admission of guilt?

Bunga Bunga's picture

Or when people are not getting propaganda deals anymore.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Answer is simple. Protect yourself & start shooting back. Stop CONSENT (Black Laws Dictionary) to a system of debt bondage & enslavemnt.

Pack a gun & pay ABSOLUTELY NO TAX!

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Wait a second - I thought that protest movements agitate for early elections, the sooner the better if it is the will of the people.

nmewn's picture

Yes, you noted that as well.

"The protesters, led by firebrand former premier Suthep Thaugsuban, accuse Yingluck of being Thaksin's puppet and want an unelected 'people's council" to oversee reform before any future election is held."

An "unelected peoples council" chosen by whom? oversee what reforms?...would be the next logical questions.

But hey, some guy was double tapped dammit, this is serious!

Anusocracy's picture

I sincerely doubt he was anti-government.

He was anti-ruling government.

nmewn's picture

Looks that way...dug this up:

Gets a little sticky here when mixing "democracy" with a monarchy (IMHO) but this appears to be the gist of the strife, excuse the length:

"On 20 November 2013, the Constitutional Court ruled that: “…the draft amendment to the 2007 Constitution regarding election of the Senate is in conflict with the basic principles and intent underlying the Constitution, and violates Section 68, paragraph 1. If passed, the amendment would be tantamount to an acquisition of power to rule the country by means not in accordance with the modes provided for in the Constitution.” After the Constitutional Court’s decision was issued, the leader of the Pheu Thai Party, along with other ministers representing the cabinet, Speaker of the Parliament, Speaker of the Senate, and members of both houses involved in the passing of the proposed amendment, announced their rejection of the Constitutional Court’s ruling. The Prime Minister then proceeded to submit the draft amendment for royal endorsement despite the Constitutional Court’s findings that the draft violated the Constitution in both its substance and its parliamentary amendment procedure. These actions further violate the Constitution, Section 216, paragraph 5, which mandates that all Constitutional Court decisions are final and binds all institutions, including the Parliament, the Cabinet, the Courts, and other State organs.

In addition, on 9 December 2013, the Prime Minister announced the dissolution of parliament without having submitted a request for a royal decree even though Section 108, paragraph 1, of the Constitution prescribes that His Majesty the King has the prerogative to do so. Such an offensive transgression has never occurred in Thai history, and is made even more severe when coupled with the other constitutional breaches by her government."

silvermail's picture
He just wanted to rule the country alone - like Obama.
Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

It is a little bit more complicated than that. Suthep Thaugsuban has more personal reasons for wanting the current government out by leading the charge to stop elections in the first place and removed by 'unelected people's council' using the Constitution as cover.


The UK-born and Oxford-educated Democrat party leader (Abhisit Vejjajiva) was indicted along with his former deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban – who has been leading month-long protests against the current PM, Yingluck Shinawatra – for authorising the use of live ammunition against protesters and deploying snipers. The two deny the charges against them.


With that said Reuters is still being dishonest in how they present the information.

Here is the key piece from another article.

 Suthin Tharatin, a core leader of the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (PEFOT), was shot dead with at least nine others injured in a clash with Red Shirt supporters near Sri Iam Temple in Bang Na district.

The clash occurred after Mr Suthin led a group of protesters to a polling station at Sri Iam Temple late Sunday morning to call on the director of the polling station to close down advance voting.


He wasn't registering a 3rd party for the upcoming election now  was he Satoshi101.


In a related development, People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) Akanat Promphan urged caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) to take responsibility for the deadly clash as well as all other disturbances near other polling stations today.


So how did Reuters be dishonest

They didn't tell you what group Suthin Tharatin belongs to. Then they make the implication that Suthep Thaugsuban is leading this group and in turn so are the PDRC when the average shmuck goes and looks up who Suthep Thaugsuban is to paint them all as anti-government when in reality the PDRC isn't anti-government just believe the current government is illegally in place as per the Constitution of the country.

But as we can see the real story is Thailand politics is like stygian soap opera with no clean shirts on either side Thaugsuban or Yingluck so Reuters ignores that and goes straight to the Marxist class warfare book calling it a battle between elites and poor (income inequality challenged) painting the elites along with middle class as anti-government which is all the MSM propaganda rage these days. Since they are spewing Marxist propaganda we know which side the US takes in this corrupt cage match. The MSM will be consistantly painting all conflicts by this meme regardless of who it is for the next year or at least until midterms are done and voted on.

When propaganda is pro-protestors they go out of the way to differentiate the groups when one is overly radical you know like Al Qaeda and the FSA in Syria for example. That is an important tell which side the propaganda mouthpieces are pushing.


nmewn's picture

Excellent sleuthing Dewey +1.

CPL's picture

His name was Suthin Tharatin.  Those that did it, have no name anymore.

satoshi101's picture

the real leader of the PDRC PARTY is

Suthep Thaugsuban

Why they're calling this minor player the 'leader' is very interesting


It's really sad that the MSM has gone to complete shit in terms of lies and misinformation, its expected that ZH would fuck a title, but this game is being played all over the world.

Why do they want it to appear that the 'leader' has died?

Read about this guy, if you care to learn the truth, its a good story, cuz its the last battle ground on earth for majority-rules democracy.

This guy, Suthep wants to BAN elections, because he hasn't won an election in 20 years.

He has dozens of henchmen ruling gang's everyday, and today one of his gang-leaders got shot, for blocking an election office, finally the normal people are starting to get pissed,

Asians tend to take shit in their own hands, they don't wait for the USA gubmint to do it for them, they do it themselves.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The article and the title say he was one of the protest leaders, not the head guy.   

i-dog's picture

The [sensational] headline: "Thai Anti-Government Protest Leader Killed"

MsCreant's picture

English is the trick here.

A protest leader.

Not The Protest leader.

Not the equivalent of Osama Bin Laden...

KickIce's picture

Yeah, this guy was still alive when he was killed.

Misean's picture

That was particularly good!

Cangaroo.TNT's picture

Hey dipshit, the others beat me to it, but who is spreading disinformation now?

Urban Redneck's picture

"elections" ... perhaps you also fall for the bullshit, "rich vs poor/ class conflict" BS that is being pushed here, just like the red v blue BS in the US. If you're in Asia you should know better- particularly that the cracks in the facade are between of the legions who pledge allegiance to different factions among the elite. Team Soros vs Team Kock, just swap yellow for blue, reverse the mental associations of red/blue in the US, and slather on BS about the "poor" real thick...

verum quod lies's picture

Actually one major issue is that as a rule ethnic Thais have not seen their real standard of living increase vs. a ruling elite that largely controls governemnet and the media that has visibly benefited. Sure, different teams and team colors but not exactly sides that are interchangeable with our situation. For example, I am not worried about ethnic Thais rioting becuase their EBT cards are rejected or tribal bankers complaining to AIPAC to punish any Congresscritter that stops the spice flowing to the TBTFs.

Keyser's picture

The elites and most of the middle class are chinese-thai and those from the north are thai and laos. The chinese-thais are quite racist and can't stand to think that  their government is controlled by the lowly, dark-skinned peasants from Isaan. Of course the poor are nothing but puppets for the Shinawatra clan, but they are the majority. All of this began with Thaksin tried to grab too much power as PM in 2006 and went head-to-head with the King. This is why he was more of less banished and all of this turmoil is revenge and a power play so Thaksin can return from exile, have his crimes expunged and return to power. It ain't gonna happen. I've watched this side show for over a decade. Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to Thais. 

silvermail's picture
  The world is simple and clear and the law is all one:
Leader is not important whether or not a criminal.
If the leader is willing to be a puppet of the U.S., then he is a saint and a democrat. And if the leader does not want to be a puppet of the U.S., so he was a tyrant and a criminal.
That this may be hard to understand?
laosuwan's picture

actually, what he has said is he wants to delay elections until vote buying and corruption is brought under control, then have elections that are fair and free.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Why? Vote buying and corruption is how the USSA leads by example.

Keyser's picture

Nah, in the US they just manipulate the electronic voting results. 


silvermail's picture

What sense to manipulate the voting system in the country with a one-party system of government? In the U.S., one ruling party - a party of big capital. Everything else - it's just a theatrical show for stupid slaves.

SilverFish's picture

Democracy has never been freedom. How can it be, when it's possible for 51% of the people to order 49% of the people to follow their orders, under threat of violence against them if they do not?

logicalman's picture


The tyranny of the many over the few.

bobert's picture

You deserve a thousand upvotes for this profound basic insight.

Constitutional republic's are the highest form of govenrment.

silvermail's picture

You are confusing between the concepts of "democracy" and "American democracy."
"Democracy" - it is a government of the people in a particular country.
But "American democracy" - it is imposed by force the power of the American people over the peoples of other countries.
Example: Afghanistan can not be used "American democracy." In Afghanistan can only be "Afghan democracy." But in this Afghan democracy, there is no place for the U.S. puppet - Hamid Karzai.

silvermail's picture

Free and fair elections can be in only one case - if the result of this election satisfied the United States.
In any other case, elections are dirty and dishonest. Even children know it.

NOZZLE's picture

Shot in the head and chest, an obvious self Inflicted wound meant to foment violence.   BTFD and get you some Thai hookerz and watch the show unfold from your 5 star hotel room balcony. 

StychoKiller's picture

Just remember to do what Boris told ya to do with those Thai "ladies."

decisiveinvesting's picture

Thailand is a poor and corrupted country. But if you know how to control your emotions then you can make money and be happy everywhere.

Pure Evil's picture

It seems the future has arrived.

And, if I could dance on the edge of an event horizon then I would know I was truly alive.

nevket240's picture

Typical statement from a Wikipedia expert.

Thailand is NOT a POOR country at all. Clown.

It is a brutallly Governed Corruptocracy with a Muppet as its figure head and Court Jesters and Army/Police WarLords stealing everything not welded to the chassis.

Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING, happens in Thailand without Army/Police involvement at some level.

Go there, live there, learn there. In the meantime, STFU.


satoshi101's picture

He's not the LEADER,

The leader of the gang's that have been closing down the streets is name "SUTHEP" he is fine,

The guy that was killed was a minor leader at one of the dozens of polling stations for party's to register their candidates for the coming election.

A man fed up that he couldn't register his alternative party, took it to himself to get the bullys from stopping the right of 3rd partys to get on the ballot.


This title post sucks, but the entire 'world' press is calling this guy the 'leader', he was just the leader of one place, of dozens that were being blocked.