In its search to bridge the gap between a "people's coup" and the Western constitutional narrative of "a change in government only through the ballot box", the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has emphasised the so-called Thaksin regime's arrogance of power, its illegitimacy, by highlighting two very recent events: The Lower House's passing of the amnesty bill at 4am on Nov 1, and the government's and Pheu Thai Party's rejection of the Constitution Court's ruling that parliament's amendment of the constitution was illegal _ a clear case of contempt.
However, there exists a more fundamental illegitimacy which, long ago, should have disqualified the possibility of Yingluck Shinawatra's last election campaign slogan: "Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai acts". I'm referring of course to Thaksin's clear culpability in the matter of his 2003 "war on drugs", and following on, his responsibility for igniting the ethnic-religious conflict in the deep South. For more than 10 years now Thaksin has evaded responsibility for these _ the most heinous of his crimes.
Lest we forget: His "war on drugs" saw 2,873 Thais dead in a matter of three months, from February to April, 2003. The victims included whole families, women, children and old people. In many cases, bodies were left out in the open in an almost ritualistic public display, to be photographed by an all too eager local press.
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