Thai Protests are Anti-Chinese, Not “Pro-Democracy” | New Eastern Outlook


30-09-20 07:20:00,


Ongoing protests in Thailand appearing very similar to those recently seen in Hong Kong are no coincidence.

They are part of an admitted “Pan-Asian Alliance” that – while claiming to be “pro-democracy” are in reality created by the US government and aimed directly at Beijing.

Thailand has tilted too close to Beijing for Washington’s liking and as a response, has scheduled Thailand for destabilization and if possible, regime change.

Thailand Tilting “Too Close” To China

China is Thailand’s largest and most important trading partner, its largest foreign direct investor, and its largest source of tourism with more Chinese tourists coming to Thailand each year than all Western nations combined.

Thailand is also hosting one of the key routes of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative with construction already ongoing for high-speed rail that will connect China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and eventually Singapore.

Finally and perhaps most upsetting for the US is that Thailand has begun replacing its aging US military hardware through a series of major Thai-Chinese arms deals including the purchasing of main battle tanks, other armored vehicles, naval vessels including up to 3 submarines, and jointly-developed arms programs like the DTI-1 multiple rocket launcher system.

Thailand has also recently replaced some of its US-built Blackhawk helicopters with Russian Mi-17V-5’s.

To counter this, the US has mobilized opposition groups and NGOs it has funded in Thailand for years to now demand the current government step down and the nation’s constitution be rewritten, paving the way for US-backed billionaire-led opposition parties of Thaksin Shinawatra and Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit into power. These are opposition parties that have long served US interests in the past and have explicitly promised to roll back Thai-Chinese relations should they take power again.

US NED Was Behind Hong Kong’s Unrest, and are Behind Thailand’s Now 

The US was indisputably behind the protests in Hong Kong with the political opposition and protest leaders confirmed to be recipients of US government cash via notorious regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Many of the protest leaders literally flew to Washington DC or visited the US consulate in Hong Kong to receive aid,

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Minsk protests similar to Moscow & Kiev before them; neoliberals & nationalists calling the shots, socialist voices muffled


16-08-20 04:42:00,

Katya Kazbek is a Russian writer and translator based in NYC. She is the editor-in-chief of Follow her on Twitter @kazbek

Liberals and leftists blindly supporting the Belarus protests in the name of ‘freedom’ are ignoring something important – the living standards of the people. What if the ‘revolution’ leads to mass emigration and economic hardship?

Watching the protests against Lukashenko unroll in Belarus, I was immediately brought back to the anti-Putin rallies in Russia back in the early 2010s, in which I personally participated. It was all very similar: Contested elections, fed-up people, flowers, police violence, displays of solidarity. The landscape was different, of course – a Minsk summer amid a global pandemic versus the bitter Moscow winter cold. But my reflection on the processes has also deepened since then, which makes it impossible for me to fully engage with current events without thinking about the neoliberal and Western influences on them.

In the last decade, it became apparent that there is almost no way to oppose inequality and authoritarianism in the post-Soviet space without this struggle being co-opted into an anti-communist, or anti-leftist, position – even though the ‘authoritarians’ are quite vehemently anti-communist themselves. The anti-socialist sentiments in society are so strong that the two polar opposites to communism – capitalism and nationalism – come sweeping in and claim the protestors.

In Russia during the protests, I saw people so enthusiastic to jump on the bandwagon of liberation that they would eagerly side with foreign governments just to oppose Putin. In reaction to this, nationalist fervor began fermenting from within. Then, revisionist schizophrenia arrived: “We’d be a better country under Hitler than Stalin,” and that sort of rubbish.

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At the same time, the bourgeoisie was also waiting for those unhappy with their material conditions but vehemently opposed to anything resembling communism, offering surveillance solutions, capitalist nationalism, free markets, and eternal neoliberalism. Pretty much the same spread as back in 1991, as I understand, and the exact same promises that later brought Putin to power in Russia – although,

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Here is what the Jerusalem protests really look like | Opinion


23-07-20 07:56:00,

The demonstrations in Jerusalem against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s are an amazing thing from a civil and democratic perspective. They are also terrifying. The protesters come out of there emotionally overwhelmed.


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LISTEN: Protests, pandemics and Netanyahu’s day of reckoningCredit: Haaretz

I’ve been to four such demonstrations over the past two weeks, and I want to tell you what happens there. It’s important because most of the media outlets cover the events lazily and are sometimes biased.

A lot of Israelis are attending the demonstrations in Jerusalem, far more than they tell you, and they often also attend other demonstrations large and small in other places. I have been at demonstrations and other mass events, and I can reasonably estimate the number of people in a crowd. Last Saturday, to encourage the protesters, thousands of supporters carrying black flags and placards stood at junctions and on bridges throughout the country.

The demonstrations have no defined leadership, steady funding or a clear plan of action. Information is decentralized and spread by word of mouth or social media. All kinds of political groups stream to the Balfour Street protests, along with many who don’t belong to any group. The demonstrators make their own signs, accessories and sometimes costumes. They make a lot of noise, shouting, singing and whistling, and with bicycle horns, pots and pans. This is an authentic civil protest and the most exciting one I’ve ever been privileged to see.

The demonstrations are very political, in sharp contrast to the “pareve,” fearful and self-defeating atmosphere during the 2011 protests. They are focused on the demand that the prime minister accused of crimes yield his seat, along with his swollen, detached and corrupt government. There are many messages in favor of democracy and against dictatorship, for integrity and against corruption. There are musical instruments, flowers and pictures of hearts.

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Belgrade protests not about Covid-19 lockdown, hijacked by rightwing radicals – Serbia’s president


08-07-20 06:53:00,

The riots in Belgrade on Tuesday were “political violence,” influenced from abroad, which had little to do with the public’s anger over planned anti-coronavirus measures, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.

Hundreds of people clashed with police and stormed the National Assembly building several hours after it was announced that a curfew will be reinstated in the Serbian capital at the weekend amid a new spike in Covid-19 cases. The unrest left 43 police officers injured, including one with a skull fracture, Vucic said in a televised address as quoted by local media, showing photos of the wounded law enforcers.

He said that the police acted with “dignity” and refrained from using force for as long as possible, but eventually were left with no other choice by the mob. As a result, 17 protesters were hurt and 23 others arrested.

Those responsible for the violence were “members of right-wing organizations,” the president pointed out.

The decent citizens, whose dissatisfaction [with the new curfew] was understandable, withdrew [from the protest] and the extremists took over.

The slogans of the rioters weren’t about Covid-19 at all, but about migrants, 5G networks and Vucic’s upcoming talks with the Prime Minister of the breakaway Kosovo region Avdullah Hoti which they called a “betrayal,” he pointed out.

At the unsanctioned protest last night, “there was all kinds of influence from foreign security services,” Vucic insisted, but provided no further details.

The president called upon citizens to refrain from taking part in street rallies to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. “There are no free beds in our hospitals,” he warned, but promised that new medical facilities will be opened. Serbia has so far recorded more than 17,000 cases of Covid-19 with over 340 deaths.

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The plans to reinstate the curfew in Belgrade at the weekend have been shelved, but the president said that he himself was in favor of announcing a new lockdown sometime next week. The decision on the restrictions is to be made by the government on Thursday.

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Protests Be Damned, Tennessee To Approve A State Police Highway Surveillance Program – Activist Post


10-06-20 07:33:00,

By MassPrivateI

This story proves just how little police care about protests taking place across the country.

What started out as the “Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund” (EMIF) or “DUI Monitoring Fund” has been transformed into a Kafkaesque, Tennessee state police highway surveillance program.

Originally, the EMIF provided financial reimbursement to installers to cover the costs by indigent participants required by a judge to have an electronic monitoring device installed in a vehicle.

The EMIF provides reimbursement to individuals or entities engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling, leasing, servicing or monitoring alcohol or drug monitoring devices (“Provider”). All Providers submitting interlock claims for reimbursement must be listed on the Department of Safety’s approved Provider list.

So, basically, the state is paying local governments 50% to encourage them to install alcohol monitoring devices in people’s vehicles.

The implementation of the local government matching grant program will require local governments that wish to utilize electronic monitoring devices other than ignition interlock devices to opt-in and cover 50% of claim expenses. This new process for payments will apply to any new claims submitted as a result of a court order issued on or after July 1, 2019.

Providing financial incentives to put corporate monitoring devices in people’s cars is horrible, but things are about to get a whole lot worse for Tennesseans.

If incentivizing installing monitoring devices in people’s cars is not enough to turn your stomach, I give you the latest version of Tennessee’s House Bill 2110 or EMIF.

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The latest version of EMIF has been transformed into an exclusive state police highway surveillance program.

No surveillance cameras shall be permitted on federal interstate highways except for Smart Way cameras, other intelligent transportation system cameras, or, when employees of the department or construction workers are present, surveillance cameras used to enforce or monitor traffic violations within work zones designated by the department of transportation; provided, that the cameras are operated only by a state entity.

This bill would transform the State Police into an exclusive taxpayer-funded surveillance entity.

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