THAI PROTESTERS ARE NOT THE POOR
There is not a moment in recent memory that Thailand’s political mechanism wasn’t embroiled in controversy involving corruption, but the protesters who have blocked the streets of Bangkok are not the poor and disheveled.
In fact, the Thai protesters represent a tiny minority in Thailand of wealthy loyalists to the monarchy. To explain it more clearly: anti-government protesters in Thailand account for almost 75% of the total wealth of the country but only 30% of the population. Conversely, more than half the country is so poor they contribute only 25% to GDP. That is a huge economic disparity. In Thailand, the difference between rich and poor is enormous. The people protesting are self-interested and seeking to circumvent the democratic process to replace the current Prime Minister with an appointed PM because the indigenous poor people overwhelmingly support the current PM, as well as her brother who is in self-imposed exile following corruption allegations. Although in exile, the protesters believe he continues to control Thai politics via his sister. While PM, he invoked numerous policies aimed at helping the indigent. These policies include universal healthcare, education for the poor, welfare and establishing micro-credit lending (which won Muhammed Yunus the Nobel Prize). These policies also fall under the auspices of Keynesian economics which favors progressive taxation (taxing the rich more than the poor).