My piece for Thai Enquirer:
Something that the current democracy movement likes to pride itself on is the fact that “everyone is a protest leader” — a mass movement without a head.
Or, at least, that was what the organizers of the Free Youth movement wanted to say when they launched the “RT Movement,” along with a new hammer and sickle logo. The movement, they proclaimed, would have “no core leaders.”
Never mind that the logo they launched was highly controversial, and many supporters pleaded with them to change course. Instead, the group doubled down with a full-throated defense of communism this week. Judging by the comments on Facebook, the reception was decidedly frosty.
Even Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, one of the most outspoken members of the allied United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration group, felt the need to publicly distance himself.
For a movement supposedly without any leaders, it sure looks like it is being catered towards the whims of a pretty small group. And it’s clear that the group is taking the entire movement on a pretty quixotic road that risks going wildly off track.