So, the prime minister gave them an offer, met them halfway and compromised: New elections in November, which is six months from now. And the leaders of Thai Rouge kept on thinking about this offer all day yesterday, and in the end they agreed. They accepted the road-map from the prime minister, thank you very much. But they won’t move.
So much for negotiations. So what do they want? They want to stay until the parliament has been dissolved, since they don’t trust the prime minister, or so they say. But the truth? The truth today is that they are greedy. They have tasted blood and they want more. They have seen that it’s possible to close off central parts of Bangkok for weeks, and now sky is the limit. If this is part of a plot to get Thaksin back to power or some other agenda, who knows, but the truth is that the Thai Rouge can’t be trusted.
The real victims of all this, apart from all those who have been out of a job for weeks because their shops or hotels or restaurants have been closed, are those poor farmers from the north and northeast, who have spent days and weeks in Bangkok believing they are fighting for a better future for themselves and their children. But this is all about greed. That’s the truth today, and that’s a disgrace.