We have an in-house joke among my team in Bangkok. The protesters seem to change their demands and aims so often, their chant should be: “What do we want? Anything! When do we want it? Whenever!” The fact is these days they aren’t just calling for the overthrow of the prime minister (they already got rid of the last two, Thaksin Shinawatra and Samak Sundaravej).
Now they want nothing less than the overthrow of the entire political system. Their argument goes something like this: the vast majority of voters are poor, uneducated farmers who are susceptible to corruption by Thaksin and his allies, therefore we should abandon democracy to prevent this corruption. It’s a sort of getting rid of freedom to ensure freedom argument.
Quite a joke hahaha