Seh Daeng, the renowned army specialist Maj-Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, is described as ‘hopping mad’ that the supreme leader General Anupong Paojinda has given him a new assignment – Seh Daeng (I’m a fighter not a lover) is to lead the nation in aerobics dancing. He will be posted to various shopping centres and supermarket car parks to help middle-aged women shape up by prancing about to 80s power ballads. “I have invented one dance,’ he is reported to have said, ‘which is the throwing a hand grenade dance.”
The Major-General, an opponent of the right-wing anti-democracy PAD (his nickname means ‘red’), was believed to be referring to incidents such as the October 7th confrontation, in which smoke grenades were used when PAD thugs refused police orders to disperse from an illegal occupation of Government House and two PAD thugs blew themselves up with their own bombs/were uniquely unlucky in being killed by smoke grenades, one of which must have been thrown several kilometres and magically entered the car in which one thug expired in a blast outside a police station.
The PAD mob has been quite quiet recently – research shows the Thai people decisively reject them and their goals (I may have included the links previously, if not I will look them up again some time). Now they are talking up new threats of chaotic disorder and violence. There is talk (largely fanciful I would have thought but then what do I know) of bringing in 100,000 people from the South – the South has long been a bedrock of support for the Democrat Party and, under the disgraceful leadership of workshy quisling Abhisit Vejjajiva it is almost impossible to tell where the PAD stops and Democrats begin. This could lead to confrontations with pro-democracy supporters, who a few weeks ago held an entirely peaceful demonstration featuring up to ten times the amount of useful idiots that PAD thugs can these days put in the streets.
Job losses are starting to mount – I fear that that the unemployed (the crisis will start to bite by the end of the year, I would have thought) will be dragged into street protests.