One of the strategies put in place by the Thaksin government in its early days was to unleash the political and economic forces of rural folk and to create a new space for the marginalised and disadvantaged large portion of Thailand's population of 65 million. And it is that awakened population that is now coming onto the political landscape and finding it wanting.
In an outburst of middle-class outrage against a government they believe is corrupt, a member of a network of engineers, architects, scientists and ICT experts marches from Ratchaprasong to Pathumwan to call for political reform before elections are held. PATIPAT JANTHONG
The challenge now is to accommodate their newly found political and economic potency and to manage well the strong reaction from the urban '"middle class" who are also feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the prevailing political norms and institutions that are open to an unprecedented level of political corruption and abuse of power for narrow clique and familial interests.
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