When a company who has suffered losses under a corrupt Government gets threats from that Government for taking a stand and supporting people who look to end corruption, you start to see a real reason to get angry. It is nothing short of a classic bully tactic, and the bully is hoping the companies will back down. But with the momentum and the growing number of people angry, it all is likely to just backfire and bring even more pressure down on the Government.
To criminalize the desire to end corruption takes a certain level of arrogance by the corrupt. It is right up there with wanting to pass an Amnesty bill that would let the corrupt off the hook, and another bill to bypass the checks and balances of a democracy. Needless to say all of this is connected to Thaksin Shinawatra.
For a company to offer support to a people’s movement to end corruption is simply a given choice of democracy as well as a common sense choice. It is simply a sound business decision and the money that would have gone to corrupt politicians will go to where it was intended to go. Any company would do without hesitation. But when you real the news story below, you see what looks like a mob shakedown for protection money.
Quoting the Bangkok Post:
30 firms told to stop feeding PDRC
Media also warned to stop supporting anti-government protest
The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order has warned 30 major private firms to stop providing support for the People’s Democratic Reform Committee protesters, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith said.
Mr Tarit, the CMPO secretary, said the warning was issued after they were found to have provided funds, vehicles and shelters for PDRC protesters. He said doing so violated the Criminal Code, the emergency decree and the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
The CMPO also warned some media outlets to stop presenting news deemed to be inciting unrest and mobilising an uprising against the government, he said.
Mr Tarit said the CMPO also resolved that its team of negotiators led by police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew should negotiate with PDRC leaders and ask for the return of government offices which have been occupied.
Negotiations will be held from today until Friday. If there is no satisfactory result, the CMPO would implement its operational plan to retake all government offices by Feb 3, he said.
Needless to say after reading this, you can see the level and arrogance of the corrupt Government, and in itself justifies the action against it.