Friday, January 9, 2015

More injustice for Yingluck Shinawatra in Thailand


Thailand is divided between two groups of people - the red shirts and the yellow shirts.  For many years the folks who now identify as 'yellow shirts' controlled the Thai government.  These were, primarily, people from the various cities of Thailand.

For many years the economic policies of Thailand favored people who lived in the cities and the people of the countryside suffered greatly.  Basically the 'red shirts' are people who have supported Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra. After he gained power, Thaksin, and later his sister, Yingluck, developed economic policies that finally helped the poor farmers (who had definitely been seriously neglected).

Unfortunately, the yellow shirts have friends in the military and last year the Thai military lead an illegal and anti-democratic 'coup' (they took over the government by force).  This was solely to remove Yingluck Shinawatra from power and to take Thailand back to the old days when the yellow shirts controlled the country.  Yingluck had been fairly elected the leader of Thailand.

Now the military which broke the law by removing an elected prime minister is putting Yingluck Shinawatra on trial.  It will NOT be a fair trial, because the military in Thailand is totally corrupt (dishonest).

Here is a brief article about this situation:

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2015/Thai-legislature-begins-impeachment-hearing-against-ousted-prime-minister/id-5517414ce47a4105a7665ff806986329

Vocabulary to help you understand the article:

ousted - forced from office, removed from office through force (often through illegal means)

charges - allegations, complaints, accusations

impeachment - this is a formal hearing or trial to 'legally' remove an elected president from office.  So this is, basically, a joke - the Thai military has already removed Yingluck from office illegally, now they are pretending to have a legal hearing (trial).

a subsidy scheme - an attempt by the government to provide money to support a business.  In this case the subsidy didn't work (Obama, for instance, tried subsidizing businesses that did not work and nobody is impeaching him here).

the foreseeable future - for as long as anyone can imagine

dismissed - rejected, said to be untrue

politically motivated - the charges were brought against her by the yellow shirts for political reasons

a verdict - a decision

anti-graft - anti-cheating, anti-corruption, anti-dishonest (anti means against)

indicted her - indicted is pronounced in DITE id, to force the person to go to trial 

dereliction of duty - not doing what should should have done as well as you should have done it

dismantled - taken apart

wiped out - eliminated

ascension - rise, her quick rise to power

curbing the power - decreasing the power

junta - the group of generals from the military who illegally changed the government

at bay - away from where the action is, to keep her harmless

incurring the wrath - suffering from the anger of the many red shirts

polarization - the deep division between the Thai people

allegedly - supposedly, apparently but it hasn't been proved







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