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Can the flow of funds to protesters be shut off?

Yingluck is busy trying to shut down the flow of funds to the protesters, but I don't see any legal basis for this action - and nor is it practical.

The Constitutional Court rejected the Pheu Thai case against protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban et al, saying the demonstrators were merely exercising their right to protest against the government, not attempting to overthrow it by unconstitutional means. So why is Yingluck still trying to halt individuals' legal exercise of their right to protest?

Spokespersons onstage have read off thousands of donor names, and tens of thousands of people have pressed money into Suthep's hands during marches. Rule of law demands that all be treated without fear or favour. Is Yingluck going to bring everybody to court?

If Yingluck charges a private firm with donating, say, instant noodles, and it turns out that they were sold to the demonstrators, then she'd be setting herself up for a counter-suit for defamation.

Many large companies probably give to both sides, as insurance no matter who wins. So, by naming protest donors, or taking them to court, Yingluck will be shutting off Pheu Thai's feeder pipes as well.

A few years ago the red-shirt shutdown of Ratchaprasong cost many millions of baht to fund. Why hasn't Yingluck gone after them, too? Or are double standards alive and well at Government House under her watch?

Why doesn't Yingluck do something more productive - like finding funds to pay the farmers taken in by her brother's rice plan?

Burin Kantabutra

Bangkok


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