The following comment is in response to Desperate days, an Economist article from Nov 27th. It also applies to more recent articles that repeat the same assumption.
Describing the PAD protesters as “royalist” is facile and inaccurate. The monarchy, especially the current King, is the primary symbol of the Thai nation and national unity. Sure, these are political constructs. Nevertheless, competing political groups and factions must also compete in claims of loyalty to the King. Many of the PAD leaders are no more royalist than that. Rumors of the Queen’s support for the PAD are based more in (assumed) royal antipathy towards Thaksin than agreement with the PAD. Your writer’s inability to read between the lines of Thai culture and politics are unfortunate.
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