It would appear that General Boonlert Kaewprasit, leader of the Pitak Siam group, is in a hasty retreat. Only a few weeks ago he was infamously calling for a coup to topple the democratically elected government and to place democratic rule in the "deep-freeze" for five years. Thailand would be governed by an appointed government. It's the complete opposite of the Arab Spring protests where people demanded democracy from dictatorships. Consider it the "Thai Winter" where people demand dictatorship from democracy.
"If a coup did take place, an interim government would be set up. If this was not acceptable to other countries, we could close the country. I don't know for how many years, but the closure should remain until all the bad politicians have been driven away. I have never seen a good politician. Soldiers are needed to take care of the country." - Gen Boonlert, October 31, 2012
Then on November 16 after a severe mocking by pro-democratic groups and other right minded people, the general stepped back a bit.
"We will have a period of caretakers in control. It's like basketball. If there is an accident, can't we have a short timeout of 2-3 minutes? If it's on the time scale of politics, it will maybe be 1 year 2 years 3 years or 5 years, then we can have elections again. If it's just one year [without elections] such as in 2549, it will be ruined because as soon as 'he' leaves he'll be back." - Gen Boonlert, November 16, 2012
Two days later, the general was totally denying everything.
"I've never called for the country to be closed or frozen for a period. I only want to stop corrupt politicians." - Gen Boonlert, November 18, 2012
But the general has gathered all his fascist friends to help him rally this weekend for a military coup. Of course, front and center is the yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD). Right behind them is the multi-colored-shirt gang led by Tul Sitthisomwong. The list goes on and on and is quite impressive: Peace-Loving Thais group led by Kanchanee Walayasevi, PAD’s Chamlong Srimuang’s Dhamma Army, etc...
One of the latest groups that say they’ll be attending is the New Politics Party led by former PAD co-leader Somsak Kosaisuk. They’re such a neo-fascist group that their logo is a “blinged up” swastika.
Personally, I think these people really do want to “freeze” Thailand. If they didn’t then why does Somsak resemble the snowman narrator from the seasonal Christmas television classic “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer?”
Then there’s Prasong Soonsiri, who probably was alive during the last climatic ice age. That pipe looks very familiar…