Riddle within an Enigma - Guy Fawkes and Communists in Thailand
Might have been peculiar, but then again these days one can see an amusement park of eccentricity in the politics of Thailand. Gone were the days when one admire, if at all, the clear affiliation of political foes pitted against each other in their spartan-like arena.
However odd the Thai-style drumming of political propaganda and the spirited call for patriotism, they sure know how to blend, and bend, public sentiments to their cause.
An ultra-monarchist, Paisal Puechmongkol, has adopted the Guy Fawkes mask, commonly associated with the global Anonymous movement. Quite a bizarre representation, intentionally perhaps, that Paisal chose the Guy Fawkes mask and the historical representation of the real-life hero - who died in 1606 before his execution, in England for an attempt at the English King's life. Fawkes, with his elite band of collaborators wanted a removal of a Protestant King, so as to allow a Catholic to take over the throne.
Either Paisal knows nothing of English history or he's obsessed with the symbolic act of resistance against the Institution. One wonders why the Thai South militants are ignoring the drama-filled sickening politics of Thailand.
Then, almost in the same breath, after decades of struggle, particularly against the Thai military, the Communist Party members are back, again, in Bangkok. It comes to no surprise to me, their presence was felt in the protests by the People's Alliance for Democracy and neo-fascists Pitak Siam. But there are obvious changes to the Thai communists, they have affiliated themselves with the ultra-nationalists, waving yellow flags and all.
Obviously there is an evolution to the Thai revolution. Undeniably a confusion of colors and ideologies. Stricken by unhappiness and perhaps an ignorance to the bloody communist-military purge in the '70s, Thais are more than happy to switch sides. Hypocritical, as those who were butchered and tortured by the authorities in the past for merely embracing an ideology which the nationalists saw as anti-monarchy.
Such is, I confess, a delightful participation in the freedom of peaceful expression. Twisted it may be, intimidating to many, amusing to some, perhaps, it is just what Thailand needs. But then again, what has majority of Thais have to say to this. I wonder....