There's democracy and then there's Thai-style democracy. The former involves, at least in theory, human rights, freedom, equality and the rule of law. The latter means we like all that wonderful stuff well enough, but there are more important matters that define who we are.
Here's an example: In a democracy, the government and the military swear an oath to first and foremost uphold and defend the constitution. In Thai-style democracy, priorities are a bit different. The constitution can be rewritten again and again and again (17 times since 1932 and still counting) to serve the political agenda of whoever is in charge at the time.
Democracy is a term often misused and ill-defined. So if an observer wonders at how both the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) could use the term in their names, my answer would be that they just forgot to add ''Thai-style'' in front.
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