Bangkok Pundit looks at the Bangkok Post’s “Wording Treatment” of various protesters in Bangkok

United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship

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The following is from the Bangkok Pundit Blog:

In 2010, the Bangkok Post  referred to the reds coming to Bangkok as rural hordes. This time the Bangkok Post has an article entitled “100,000 red shirts to storm Bang Kapi”. Key excerpt:

About 100,000 red-shirt supporters are expected to join the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally at Rajamangala Stadium in Bang Kapi district on Tuesday and Wednesday, chairwoman Tida Tawornseth said on Saturday.

BP: Protesting at a stadium constitutes “storm”? Dictionary.com, which uses Random House Dictionary, defines “storm” as:

verb (used with object)
14. to subject to or as if to a storm: The salesman stormed them with offers.
15. to utter or say with angry vehemence: The strikers stormed their demands.
16. to attack or assault (persons, places, or things): to storm a fortress.

BP: You can see similar definitions from Collins, Cambridge, etc.

Yes, there will be reds from outside of Bangkok, but many of them will come from within 1-2 hours drive of Bangkok as there are many reds in these provinces. Also, when on November 11, the Bangkok Post reported on Democrat protesters coming from the South, it didn’t use such pejorative term:

Meanwhile, people from the South, a Democrat stronghold, have been mobilising to join the Ratchadamnoen protests today. In Surat Thani, at least 3,200 people from 19 districts left the provinces yesterday for Bangkok.

BP: Quite a different way to phrase the situation….

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