Cross posted from KeyWiki Blog
Several Asia-Pacific Marxist organizations have come out in support of the violent “red shirt” protesters whose actions have rocked Thailand in recent days
In an April 10 statement, the Socialist Party of Malaysia , Working People’s Association of Indonesia, People’s Democratic Party of Indonesia, Turn Left Thailand, Partido Lakas ng Masa of the Philippines, Socialist Alliance of Australia and Solidarity (Australia) claimed;
Thailand has entered a new phase of class war. The old ruling elite with the backing of the military are using all means to scrap democracy in Thailand. The pro-democracy Red Shirts comprised of the majority of the working class, peasantry and poor, have shown their real popularity and mobilising strength which has definitely shaken the royalists and the military. With the broadening of the masses’ support for the Red Shirts, it could be a new and important step in the struggle of the ordinary people in Thailand for the restoration of democracy and social justice.
The statement further called for:
the immediate resignation of the military-installed Ahbisit government and the holding of fresh democratic elections;
* a halt to all forms of violent crackdown against Red Shirt protesters. Respect the right of the people to organise, to protest and to strike;
* a halt to the suppression of democratic rights and clampdown on the media;
* the Thai government to not resort to any military coup.
The current crisis in Thailand only can be resolved through genuine democracy and people’s power. We extend our support and solidarity to all workers, peasants and poor in Thailand who are struggling against the anti-democratic government and for the restoration of real democracy.
More than thirty years after the defeat of the jungle based Communist Party of Thailand led insurgency, Bangkok faces Marxist revolution within its city boundaries.