Ex-communists pocket cash benefits in Thai amnesty deal

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Ex-communists pocket cash benefits in Thai amnesty deal

Post by hhfarang » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:58 pm

"Final payouts made as part of agreement with government that led to the surrender of 80,000 party members in 1980.

The government of Thailand has distributed cash benefits to former members of the now defunct Communist party in the final stage of an amnesty deal.

More than 6,000 former Communist party members received nearly $7,000 each.

At a ceremony at the army club building in Bangkok on Wednesday, Prawit Wongsuwon, Thailand's deputy prime minister, met 294 former communist comrades.

The ceremony marked the final payouts of an amnesty deal struck by the Thai government in 1980 to squash the party’s armed communist resistance, which led to the surrender of 80,000 members.

Overall, $38m was given out over the years, first in 2002 and again in 2009.

Military commanders say it was a counterinsurgency success story.

"We don’t see these people as the enemy any more," Lieutenant-General Chainarong Klaewklar told Al Jazeera.

"We’re all Thais and this is what we do, forgive. Whatever happens in the past stays in the past."

In the 1970s, the Communist Party of Thailand was the second largest communist movement in Southeast Asia. ..."

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Post by oakdale160 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:44 pm

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QUOTE---"Overall, $38m was given out over the years, first in 2002 and again in 2009.

Military commanders say it was a counterinsurgency success story".

That is the Thai military's idea of a success story---buying off the rebels

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Post by Bamboo Grove » Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:00 am

That is the Thai military's idea of a success story---buying off the rebels
If they give up the fight and return to peaceful living, I can't see anything wrong with that. More money has been wasted on stupid corruption in many places of the globe.
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Post by laphanphon » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:51 am

Cheaper than trying to fight them, and nobody dies...........win win.

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Post by oakdale160 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:51 am

OK, I see your point. But its nor going to work when the Chinese come calling.

I am reminded of a Peter Sellars movie years ago "The mouse that roared" A small euro country declared war on the US knowing that if they lost the US would rehab them, but of course ----------

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Post by RCer » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:36 am

The biggest fighting occured around Phetchabun. It was stopped when the farmers/villagers caught in the middle told both sides to knock it off.

It started during the Viet Nam conflict and lasted for years. There is a museum/monument about it up in the mountains outside Phetchabun.

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Post by lomuamart » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:57 am

There was also a hot bed of Communism and piracy down in the Dolphin Bay area.
It was pretty lawless down there a few years ago.

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Re: Ex-communists pocket cash benefits in Thai amnesty deal

Post by oakdale160 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:03 am

Many of the Asian rebel groups called themselves Communists as that way they got arms from Russia and China. They had little in the way of Marxist philosophy in their motivation--they were nationalists who hated the existing governments, Deja vue???

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