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06BANGKOK1445 THAILAND POLITICAL UPDATE: MORE CALLS FOR THAKSIN\’S RESIGNATION

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“55713”,”3/8/2006 10:57″,”06BANGKOK1445″,

 

“Embassy Bangkok”,”UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY”,

“06BANGKOK1408”,”This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”UNCLAS BANGKOK 001445

 

SIPDIS

 

SENSITIVE

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PGOV, TH, Thai Prime Minister, SNAP Elections

SUBJECT: THAILAND POLITICAL UPDATE: MORE CALLS FOR

THAKSIN\’S RESIGNATION

 

REF: BANGKOK 1408 AND PREVIOUS

 

1. (U) Summary: The People\’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)

has threatened to call a boycott of Singapore goods if the

Singapore government does not scrap the takeover of Shin Corp

by Temasek Holdings. A prominent Monk has issued a strong

call for Thaksin to resign while the National Police

Spokesman has suggested that Thaksin should leave the scene.

The latest ABAC poll shows that close to half of those polled

in Bangkok want Thaksin out. End summary.

 

PAD WANTS SINGAPORE INVESTMENT FIRM TO BACK OUT

 

2. (SBU) The People\’s Alliance for Democracy yesterday

called on the Singapore government to scrap the Shin Corp

deal or face a boycott of Singapore products in Thailand.

The group\’s leadership has reportedly submitted a letter to

the Singapore Embassy demanding that Prime Minister Lee

cancel the takeover of Shin Corp by Temasek Holdings, an

investment arm of the Singapore government, by March 9. The

letter claims that the deal was seen as threat to Thailand\’s

security as it would allow Singapore to control several

important sectors of Thailand\’s infrastructure, including

mobile phone and television networks, satellite

communications and airlines. It also said that if the

Singapore government failed to do as requested, Singapore

would face boycott of its products and would be seen as

interfering with security of Thailand. One of the PAD

leaders, announced that on March 9, thousands of

demonstrators would march to the Singapore Embassy to step up

pressure on the Singapore government to scrap the Shin Corp

deal. (Comment: There does not seem to be any chance of this

happening. End comment.)

WELL-KNOWN MONK CALLS FOR THAKSIN\’S RESIGNATION

3. (U) Mincing no words in an address at a temple in

northeastern Thailand on March 7, popular monk Lungta Maha

Bua called on Thaksin to resign. Lungta told his audience

that Thaksin has become \”absolutely tainted…his rotten body

being unable to do anything else but breathing.\” He appealed

for Thaksin to step down, saying that \”the country has

suffered enough\” under his administration. A former supporter

of the PM from a TRT region, this monk was one of the early

defectors from Thaksin\’s camp last year.

 

NO COINCIDENCE THAT THAKSIN CABINET APPROVES PAYOUTS TO

VICTIMS OF THE OCTOBER 1973 UPRISING

4. (SBU) In a thinly-veiled bid for support, Thaksin has

compared himself to victims of the October 1973 uprising. The

cabinet on March 7 approved compensation for the victims and

relatives of the October 1973 student uprising — over 30

years after the fact. At a meeting afterwards with

representatives of the uprising victims, Thaksin said that

\”These people have fought for democracy at the cost of their

life. As the product of democracy, I really recognize their

value.\” Thaksin told the group that \”What I,m fighting for

today is to maintain the democracy that you all have created

at the cost of your life. I can,t bear seeing a group of

people trying to destroy it. Me too, I,m ready to uphold

democracy at the cost of my life.\”

 

POLICE SPOKESMAN BREAKS RANKS — CALLS FOR THAKSIN TO STEP

ASIDE

5. (U) Police Department Spokesman Pol. Gen. Achirawit

Suwanphesat, after having earlier complained about effects

the constant demonstrating was having on the police, called

for both sides to reconsider their stances. He said that for

the sake of national unity Thaksin should temporarily

withdraw from politics and that the opposition should

participate in the April general election. Achirawit also

called the general public to turn on their cars, headlights

during the daytime to support his demand.

 

BANGKOK POLL NOT FAVORABLE TO THAKSIN

6. (U) According to an ABAC poll, some 48 percent of those

polled in Bangkok want Thaksin to resign and 35 percent want

him to stay on. The poll of 2,175 Bangkok residents was

published on March 7. According to the survey, 46 percent

would be in favor of a royally-appointed Prime Minister.

Suan Dusit Poll on the other hand, has announced its

suspension of polling activities, claiming that political

opinions are so sharply drawn that conducting a poll would be

dangerously divisive.

 

BOYCE

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July 10, 2011 at 4:34 am

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