Thai yellow shirts take to YouTube
Speaking in English with an American accent, she accuses Thaksin of using the money he "stole" from Thailand to pay protesters to run riot during the Songkran festival.
Again, I can't help but look at this through an American lens: The red shirts from the poor Northeast are, on the average, less likely to see a YouTube than the urban dwelling yellow shirts. So the video is meant for international consumption, or as self-reinforcement for the yellow shirt faction. It's a lot like cell phones vs. social networking, isn't it?
And, as so often online, the rhetoric escalates too:
"You'd better @#$% stop doing it [destroying Thailand] right now or we will pitch in and hire someone to @#$% kill you and all your family members."
Not very Thai, I would say. Or at least not Buddhist.
And a second YouTube accused Thaksin of lese majeste -- the yellow shirt seizure of loyalty to the king reminds me of Republicans seizing "family values." Ick.
NOTE Via a Reuters Press Digest. Reuters, Bloomberg, and McClatchy are all so much more interesting than AP, aren't they?
UPDATE What I wish would happen: the Red Shirts figure out a 198-Fold Path approach. The world needs non-violent, gentle, funny, and effective ways of effecting real change, and I -- stereotyping greatly, here, no doubt --think the Thai people are uniquely capable of showing us the way forward, here. (This approach also solves the lese majeste issue as well, I would say. And the yellow shirts making loyalty into a tool of faction must piss people off over there as much as it would here. Damn, I wish we had a Thai correspondent!)