If the scene of a yellow-clad royalist crowd attempting to surround and viciously attack an automobile they thought was bring Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the ex-leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Celebration (FFP), at a hotel in a southern province on Wednesday, made the general public worried about the state of disorderliness in the nation, the absence of authorities action in the event shows something much even worse. Undoubtedly, the concern now is if Thailand is on the edge of ending up being an unsuccessful state.

Lots of ultra-royalists collected in front of the Ravadee Hotel in Muang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Wednesday upon hearing that Mr Thanathorn, now a co-founder of the Progressive Motion, would hold a conference there. He is visiting the southern province to assist the projects of the group’s prospects contending for seats in the Dec 20 provincial administration organisation (PAO) election.

The mad demonstration triggered Mr Thanathorn to cancel the conference. There were reports that regional authorities were released to keep order at the website and keep the crowd from going into the substance. However for some factor, officers permitted the protesters to establish a checkpoint at the hotel’s entryway and exit, and required all the cars and trucks leaving the hotel to decrease their windows to see who was within.

When one chauffeur declined to abide by the need, the protesters developed into a furious mob. Some assaulted the car with a flagpole. Video revealed authorities were defenseless as the scene turned awful.

Ultimately the protesters distributed, not since authorities informed them to do so or took any action. They left just when they understood Mr Thanathorn was not there. Object leaders, nevertheless, insisted they did not prepare to assault Mr Thanathorn, had they fulfilled him. That’s not truly credible.

The Wednesday turmoil triggered Mr Thanathorn to cancel his strategy to check out Surat Thani the other day for worry of comparable conflicts.

Such barbaric scenes advised numerous residents of the red-shirt protesters who obstructed a motorcade of then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in Pattaya in 2009, at the time when the nation was hosting an Asean top, which ultimately collapsed in mayhem. It appeared then authorities hesitated to act as the crowd attempted to reach Mr Abhisit.

Nakhon Si Thammarat authorities’s clumsiness was seen in a various light when they chose to utilize jets of high-pressure water, polluted with chemicals, versus pro-democracy demonstrators throughout tranquil rallies in Bangkok, not as soon as however two times.

Why the double requirement?

Worse, the Progressive Motion has actually grumbled that the mayhem in Nakhon Si Thammarat was not the very first time that group members had actually been frightened. However such a barbarous act in broad daytime on Wednesday went too far.

The federal government did not purchase any query into the authorities’s underperformance. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon stayed tight-lipped about the disgraceful occurrence in Muang district.

Since press time the other day, Nakhon Si Thammarat authorities were not particular whether the yellow-shirt mob would be prosecuted. A senior policeman informed regional media that “nobody has actually submitted any problem”.

Such indecisiveness is a disgrace. Not taking instant action in stopping the out-of-control mob at the scene reveals the authorities do not appreciate police to keep peace and orderliness. Their absence of will to penalize those who frighten others can just be referred to as a total dereliction of task.


Bangkok Post editorial column

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