Yingluck breaks down in tears (video)

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra broke down in tears on Tuesday and insisted that she will not step down as caretaker premier until a new cabinet has been formed.

"We are fellow Thais. Why do we have to hurt one another?

"I have retreated so far and I don't know where to retreat further.

"Do you (anti-government protesters) want me to not even set foot on Thai soil?" Ms Yingluck, also defence minister, said at the Thai Army Club where the weekly cabinet meeting was held and lasted about one hour.

She called on the protesters to not condemn the Shinawatra clan, and asked the opposition Democrat Party to help preserve democracy by taking part in the Feb 2 general election.

The video clip above, uploaded to YouTube by marchu mutu, shows the prime minister breaking down in tears while giving a speech on national television on Tuesday morning.

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Discussion 1 : 15/12/2013 at 12:30 PM
Smooth as silk will never change to an iron lady.
Discussion 2 : 11/12/2013 at 09:19 AM
Yes, but it must be limited to people whose direct guilt is proven and not all those officers of a party who, under present rules, are deemed guilty merely by association. Equally the banning of parties should be stopped.
Discussion 3 : 11/12/2013 at 08:18 AM
Tears ... broken voice ... "please be nice to me" ... all the female emotional blackmail we can do without. Thailand needs a strong, sophisticated, honest, respected statesman (states person) as PM not a litte girl who gets her way by stamping her feet, silking and being difficult.
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 10:44 PM
One of the biggest problems for Thai politics is the 5 year ban.. It should be a permanent ban or preferably jail. Once these folks understand that they are finished if caught cheating, corruption ect. All parties are to blame for allowing it to continue.
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 08:17 PM
You do forget to mention, that there are things they did for their country. Paying back the debts after the last big crises. Helping the north east to have a better income with Sappalang, Rubber Tries, Sugar Can and many others. Of course nothing happens without purpose. Why do these farmers do not own their land, where they work on now for decades, which they cultivate to farmland in the first place. Yes, exactly, it is, because some part of the Thais want to keep them low. But this will not work forever and I think it worked already too long. Get the all Thai people in this century and not only the class, who can pay the private school
Discussion 6 : 10/12/2013 at 08:01 PM
the best thing is, that the owners of land and houses in Bangkok not even let the people from countryside, who are living and working here for decades going to vote in Bangkok, for a their voice in Bangkok, because of this old fashion house-book regulations. Amazing Thailand
Discussion 7 : 10/12/2013 at 07:55 PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, appears to me to be the only true statesperson in the Kingdom at present.
Discussion 8 : 10/12/2013 at 05:52 PM
You expect every single person who's against the Thaksin regime to join? Amazing! Makes you wonder, what percentage of the population do the red demonstrators represent? I assume, even less.
Discussion 9 : 10/12/2013 at 05:51 PM
Come on Miss, be intelligent, you are more than wealthy and pretty nice looking, let your seat vacant, quit politics and live happily.
Discussion 10 : 10/12/2013 at 05:49 PM
'The pen is mightier than the sword', a good one, centuries old, and French I think, but sorry, it is about highly educated writers fighting against absolutism and dictatorship (the sword) with pamphlets they wrote (the pen) at the risk of their life, so it's not at all about trying to make a cross or draw a ball, next to the picture/name/colour 'someone' told you you had to, to get that nice banknote... Now that you know better, what does it make your statement look like?
Discussion 11 : 10/12/2013 at 05:41 PM
richard43, it makes 0.2%, have you been at a Thaksin school of mathematics in economy? I rather think that such turnout, in a week day and without "money incentive gift" is more than significant.
Discussion 12 : 10/12/2013 at 04:59 PM
We have to live in the real world and in the real world you will not find a politician (or other person) to lead Thailand without lining their own pockets. Sad but true at this early stage of democratic development in Thailand. The Shinawatra with-hunt will merely divert corrupt monies to others-right? So the issue then becomes who, as well as lining their pockets, can do the best job for ALL thai people. That vitally includes urgent educational reforms and investment, and modernising the Thai economy and infrastructure. If Thaksin is the best man to do that for all Thai people, then why not? Are we sure Suthep would be a better leader?
Discussion 13 : 10/12/2013 at 04:53 PM
Thailand has a population of about 70 million. About 150,000 demonstrated in BKK yesterday. By my calculation this makes 0.00214 % of the population. Isn't democracy, Suthep / BKK style, amazing!
Discussion 14 : 10/12/2013 at 04:39 PM
Please send us the link, I'm sure millions would love to see it.
Discussion 15 : 10/12/2013 at 04:38 PM
Instigating what? You can't use a continuous verb without an object in English, it just doesn't make sense.
Discussion 16 : 10/12/2013 at 04:30 PM
if you can;t stand the heat, stay out of .... Government
Discussion 17 : 10/12/2013 at 04:22 PM
People probably not very happy with the rapidly increasing cost of living and underfunded medical care, not the mention the complete squander of tax payers' money.
Discussion 18 : 10/12/2013 at 04:20 PM
FAIL...The pictures from this protest compared to the RS protest speak for themselves I think that is where you will find restraint..
Discussion 19 : 10/12/2013 at 04:13 PM
Ask her brother about leaving the country. He had no problem doing it.. I'm pretty sure they wanted him to stay.
Discussion 20 : 10/12/2013 at 04:10 PM
This really is amazing. Once again she does not have answer. And all of you feel so sorry because she is a woman. (hardly fair to use the gender argument) Her pain is the result of the conflict between serving the people and having served her brother. She has been so great, not once has she had an answer or felt accountable for the actions of HER government. You want to blame the Dems for all of Thai problems and in the same breath laugh because they have never won an election. The PTP have had many chances to make things right ,yet they get confounded by a weak opposition. Mostly a result of their own actions.
Discussion 21 : 10/12/2013 at 03:51 PM
I am sorry if she genuinely is in pain about developments, but to expect "the clan" (according to translation) to be forgiven is not to be in this world. Her brother and his acolytes in the family have substantially added to the country's woes. Sadly she has been unable to stand up to him and LEAD the country on her own with her won supporters. She has refused to admit to proven incompetence and may be worse.
Discussion 22 : 10/12/2013 at 03:49 PM
Ridiculous: It has everything to with her policies. At least you're aptly named.
Discussion 23 : 10/12/2013 at 03:44 PM
"We are fellow Thais. Why do we have to hurt one another?" A perfect question for your brother to answer. "I have retreated so far and I don't know where to retreat further." Dubai?
Discussion 24 : 10/12/2013 at 03:41 PM
A wild guess, but I think that the reason she was crying was because someone told her that she won't be able to go globe-trotting 1st class with her entourage anymore on the tax payer credit card.
Discussion 25 : 10/12/2013 at 03:25 PM
I cant believe ridiculous comment got through. Nice to read and unpopular too.
Discussion 26 : 10/12/2013 at 03:24 PM
I wonder what will happen next, when will people next decide they don't like the government again I am sure it won't take 4 years. The people do not seem happy with higher wages and cheap medical care,
Discussion 27 : 10/12/2013 at 03:21 PM
Yes I do. If Thailand does not take advantage of economic oportunities offered by the AEC, what a terrible shame! I wonder if the protesters have an economic plan for Thailand's future? Or is it simply another power grab?
Discussion 28 : 10/12/2013 at 03:14 PM
And it works. Watch out!
Discussion 29 : 10/12/2013 at 03:08 PM
There's a clip going viral right now, where she can be seen after leaving the stage, turning around showing a big grin. This is Oscar material..
Discussion 30 : 10/12/2013 at 03:03 PM
It is down to the Prime Minister that the demonstrations have taken place with so few fatalities, indeed none at all at the centre of events. Every effort was made by the protest leaders to ratchet up tension knowing that any over reaction by police would work to their advantage. Allowing the protesters to achieve their nominal aim of entering Government House and Police HQ gave them a Pyrrhic victory and took the sting out of the situation. She gave away everything that was not essential and in doing so outplayed Suthep and has earned the considerable respect of the army chiefs and others in high positions. Clearly nobody's "clone".
Discussion 31 : 10/12/2013 at 02:42 PM
The pen is mightier than the sword. Let the ballot box decide the outcome !!!!!!!
Discussion 32 : 10/12/2013 at 02:41 PM
Hilarious. "he only way for them to cover up their crimes " Boontong where have you been ? These "people" just opposed an amnesty that would have done just that. That how this started. The PM (mis) using her powers to try to get big brother off the hook
Discussion 33 : 10/12/2013 at 02:33 PM
Thaksin is obviously not the only corrupt politician. I think what makes Thaksin a category for himself is the fact how openly he changed the laws to profit himself. He extended a credit to Burma considerable to profit himself. He changed the laws to sell his company without paying taxes – all for himself. Which other politician was openly corrupt like him? And about this jail time: The current two years are just the beginning. If all court cases against him continue Thaksin will probably be jailed for decades.
Discussion 34 : 10/12/2013 at 02:30 PM
I pity on her.
Discussion 35 : 10/12/2013 at 02:27 PM
What's happening to the Thailand that I fell in love with from my first visit? How can a people so admired for their patience, compassion and sense of unity so carelessly ask a whole family to leave their own country. Please, there is a way to work this out.
Discussion 36 : 10/12/2013 at 02:24 PM
Miss YS as PM you representing Thailand, you can't go on TV and cry! This reallity not a movie or soap TV. PT and YS had enough intelligent information from police and NS to dissolving the house in time, but they have wait until they can storaged enough money for they next election.
Discussion 37 : 10/12/2013 at 02:23 PM
Enough already. How many times have YS comes out crying asking for one more chance. If she had done her job with public interest in mind, I would be more than happy to see a stable government for the first time in decade no matter who's sister she is.
Discussion 38 : 10/12/2013 at 02:23 PM
As a foreigner and neutral observer, from my point of view, the Democrats or the group headed by Suthep have gone overboard. Yingluck's decision to dissolve the parliament is seen as the first step towards a solution. PDRC's demanded she resign as PM is totally uncalled for. As an interim government there are certain limitations on budget and policy making. So can't these Democrats or Sungthep see the bigger picture? Occupying Government offices and buildings is akin to mob tactics. She is elected through the democratic process and here the Democrats and ex-Democrats are using undemocratic ways to remove her. They have to meet half way.
Discussion 39 : 10/12/2013 at 02:22 PM
Thank you for your new creative use of the word instigate.
Discussion 40 : 10/12/2013 at 02:22 PM
@Orangina writes: “So she has to be big and strong like a man, right?” Strong men in the military who defend the country and are ready to die for the country should be able to respect her. Would you respect a “commander in chief” who cries on stage after a simple question?
Discussion 41 : 10/12/2013 at 02:18 PM
Er..they are actually a legal group of protestors.
Discussion 42 : 10/12/2013 at 02:16 PM
The family selected themselves.
Discussion 43 : 10/12/2013 at 02:13 PM
YS did not move because 150,000 unarmed people were in front of her and the Army said to the Police do not shoot this time. Even her brother knew one false move and an Egypt like revolt would have taken place with the Shins as first causalities. People are sick of the Shinawat family corruption. People are sick of the Thaksin owned party raping the country.
Discussion 44 : 10/12/2013 at 02:03 PM
think of the pressure, who would want to be in Khun Yingluck's shoes? one must not forget that she is a woman, any intelligent man will be weary of a woman and how far she can be pushed! with the approval of the EU, UN and USA this woman has the ability to clean the streets of protesters but still she shows peace! what happens when you back a tiger into the corner? I would rather deal with a tiger than a woman with power in the corner!
Discussion 45 : 10/12/2013 at 01:59 PM
Part time job - dummy. This lady is working here but off 24/7. She done a lot to put Thailand in peoples mind around the world, which in the end means more business for Thailand. As wee all know, she knows have to use skype. And she is human - which is good. Her problem is Thaksin. But I am sure the two men in top of the Democrats now have achived their goal, showing that women is useless in Thai politics.
Discussion 46 : 10/12/2013 at 01:48 PM
And what about the millions who want her in? That should be considered too. A balance should be struck.
Discussion 47 : 10/12/2013 at 01:46 PM
Bob Marley sing and I quote " you can fool people sometimes,but you can't fool all the people all the time". Now,everything one have seen the light. Lies and fake don't last long
Discussion 48 : 10/12/2013 at 01:46 PM
And the chair person for the Rice Pledge although the lady did not attend any meetings I understand..
Discussion 49 : 10/12/2013 at 01:43 PM
She's the PM and Defense Minister but had been posted to Inactive position as Spoke woman for PM and defense Minister right from the first day she took those position by her fugitive brother. The real PM and DM was Taksin Himself because He control everything from Appointment to Policy and white wash bill from his personal office in Dubai.He has all Pheu Thai party MP in his pocktet. If a whole Bangkok police Chief can write in his office the fugitive convict made him what He is today,you can imagine the rest for yourself
Discussion 50 : 10/12/2013 at 01:41 PM
Thaksin,not his sister, is at the top of the heap
Discussion 51 : 10/12/2013 at 01:40 PM
She shouldn't be and isn't asked to leave the country. If she chooses to be in politics, she should put the country as priority over family. If she cannot do that, then she shouldn't be in politics. Sort the family out by other means.
Discussion 52 : 10/12/2013 at 01:39 PM
If you cannot stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.
Discussion 53 : 10/12/2013 at 01:37 PM
According to the Thai Chamber of Commerce, corruption increased when the Democrats took power!
Discussion 54 : 10/12/2013 at 01:34 PM
Crying isnt really going to solve the problem .If she was actually leading the country with a pure heart and not just listening her to brother so he can come back minus his criminal record she would have this problem .
Discussion 55 : 10/12/2013 at 01:33 PM
The mega project have another agenda , do you think all the 2.2 trillion and the 350 billion are going to enhance the country.
Discussion 56 : 10/12/2013 at 01:31 PM
I view from an outsider perspective that she did a great job of handling the street protest. I don't think she did anything wrong by dissolving the parliament. However, what AV and Suthep can actually bring to the table besides protesting on the streets? It is very difficult to satisfy every Thai citizen regardless of whoever will be the next PM. Corruptions and weak political governance will still be there. It has been there fore many decades and it is difficult get rid of it instantly.
Discussion 57 : 10/12/2013 at 01:31 PM
Why should she not run not run as a PT candidate? She made a far better job than Abhisit and she is likely to get re-elected! Just because a minority is not happy with her doesn't mean she cannot be elected again!
Discussion 58 : 10/12/2013 at 01:30 PM
Nam Taa Jawrake (crocodile tears) if any at all. Alternatively, the oldest feminine wile in the book, when you are not getting your way, start crying.
Discussion 59 : 10/12/2013 at 01:28 PM
People protest against her, not because she is related to Thaksin, but because she is a CLONE (his words, not mine) of Thaksin. And as for some of the protesters having given some tea money to a traffic cop to get out of a fine - Since when do two wrongs make a right?
Discussion 60 : 10/12/2013 at 01:28 PM
had thaksin done his jail time - he would be out now or some time in future - and become the prime minister of Thailand. and we would still face this problem. it is not because he is corrupt - but he is anti establishment.
Discussion 61 : 10/12/2013 at 01:27 PM
That's comical. Must be from someone abroad.
Discussion 62 : 10/12/2013 at 01:26 PM
I tend to think we could have been in a far worse situation.Many have spoken freely about a dictatorship
Discussion 63 : 10/12/2013 at 01:26 PM
Let the truth be told.
Discussion 64 : 10/12/2013 at 01:26 PM
Phildef, trouble counting?
Discussion 65 : 10/12/2013 at 01:25 PM
It shows the fear of the old money and power here. They really have fear of the people, not the Bangkok people, the other 50 million.
Discussion 66 : 10/12/2013 at 01:23 PM
Yingluck is as Thai as anyone. She was elected, too. The protesters are just brainwashed fools and abusers who have always abused the Thai people. They did it for half a century and they still abuse but now they have fear that the majority of Thais who they left behind for decades now want more and demand equality. Suthep wants to oppress them so that the old minority can continue it's pillaging of the nations opportunity and wealth. Guess what it's not All for Bangkok, anymore.
Discussion 67 : 10/12/2013 at 01:18 PM
They hate her just like Republicans hate Obama. It has nothing to do with her policies and everything to do with prejudice and brainwashing by the yellows.
Discussion 68 : 10/12/2013 at 01:17 PM
This isn't 'the people' getting her out of office. It's the other political party doing it alone without support. This is a coup by the Democrats without the military. She should fight on.
Discussion 69 : 10/12/2013 at 01:16 PM
Nice idea. Why isn't Suthep in jail? Why aren't those who shot the protestors in the 1970s onward in jail. It's a big joke. Corruption existed long before Thaksin and no one went to jail. All the older politicians are most likely corrupt or accomplices to corruption. They saw it at least and did nothing. Now they want Thaksin out? Where are the other famous political faces now? Hiding. It's comical but sad.
Discussion 70 : 10/12/2013 at 01:14 PM
I believe PM Yingluck is pressured by both sides: one side, the majority, asked her to enforce law by means, or standard set by Suthep and AV, when they were in power, of deploying 60,000 fully armed troops and even snipers, and by 200,000 of live rounds to crackdown the Pheu Suthep mobs/party; while another side headed by Suthep and his Pheu Suthep party, who are responsible for the deadly crackdowns 3 years ago, which left nearly 100 dead and more than 2,000 injured, keep pushing her to the limit. And PM Yingluck chose to let the majority down, by not letting her hands stained with blood, unlike her predecessor (the Suthep/AV regime).
Discussion 71 : 10/12/2013 at 01:11 PM
Agreed 100%, but you can't beat a healthy dose of arrogance to make people like the Shinawatras not see the reality of their situation. They are stuffed, just like a Christmas goose.
Discussion 72 : 10/12/2013 at 01:06 PM
So basically now she is crying because she did not do her job properly in the last two years. If she would have worked for the people and not for her criminal brother then there wouldn’t be street protests and she would still be prime minister. She had her chance but she blew it. Now she should call her brother and cry and ask him: what have you done to me?
Discussion 73 : 10/12/2013 at 01:05 PM
She choose to accept the nomination as PM, she allowed her brother to get her elected by Parliament as PM, she has to accept the consequences of her choices. She is no longer innocent Yingluck a lady who should be treated gently, she is the Prime Minster and subject to all of the praise and criticism, verbal abuse and loving support that comes with that post. She does not deserve any different treatment than any other politician in that position. She has to lay in the bed she made.
Discussion 74 : 10/12/2013 at 12:41 PM
She has shown more patience, respect and political intelligence than any of the so called "Democrats" have ever shown! If the "Democrats" were in power now, soldiers and snipers would be on the streets and the government would not have resigned! Thai people prefer corrupt royalist fascists than a corrupt democratically elected government. I am sure, it make sense!
Discussion 75 : 10/12/2013 at 12:39 PM
That's the female vote in the bag. The opposition don't stand a chance.
Discussion 76 : 10/12/2013 at 12:39 PM
Tears? Come one Bangkok Post, stop inventing non-stories. I think it is okay for many of the editorials to be heavily yellow biased, but not the main news!
Discussion 77 : 10/12/2013 at 12:38 PM
The headline is misleading the PM is visibly emotional but no tears in the video. Is why the protesters don't demand Thaksin return beyond question ?
Discussion 78 : 10/12/2013 at 12:37 PM
As Thai PM Yingluck was often not in Thailand globetrotting and shopping all over the world. Often she behaved like she had nothing to do with running the Thai government at all. She delegated this and that and everything. From all her time as PM how much time did she spend in Thailand working for the Thai people? Being PM is not a part time job! And now she is breaking down because people ask her to take responsibility for what she did. Should we pity her because she wasted the last two years?
Discussion 79 : 10/12/2013 at 12:37 PM
I don't think that Thais hate her or want her exiled. They just want her brother to stop interfering and dividing Thailand, and causing rampant corruption to flourish. If she could just be free of his influence, things could all be sorted out quickly.
Discussion 80 : 10/12/2013 at 12:36 PM
Well done Yingluck for standing up to bourgeois Bangkok.
Discussion 81 : 10/12/2013 at 12:35 PM
No tears there-All I have seen are her "Smiles!"
Discussion 82 : 10/12/2013 at 12:34 PM
So she has to be big and strong like a man, right?
Discussion 83 : 10/12/2013 at 12:27 PM
She is in no way accidentally trust into the position, her brother put her there and she doesn't have to do it does she ! She doesn't even run the government, why do you think she is there with no political experience what so ever ? Because she's Taksin's sister, if it upsets her so much resign from politics and tell her brother to look for someone else. I have no empathy for her crocodile tears, she has been a completely inept Prime Minister and this is just to get people feeling sorry for her. Save your sympathy for people who really deserve it, there are lots in the world way worse off and a lot more deserving than her.
Discussion 84 : 10/12/2013 at 12:27 PM
Nobody is asking that she not set foot on Thai soil. What they are asking is that the Shinawattras step aside in politics since it is laden with corruption, nepotism and cronyism. Had Thaksin simply did his jail time like everyone else must when found guilty, we would not be in this situation.
Discussion 85 : 10/12/2013 at 12:27 PM
Sexist cant see a woman be at the top of the heap,somehow Suthep thinks he has all of the answers,where were all of these brainstorm ideas when he was in power? Like Yingluck or not she has been professional on how she has handled the situation,she has as much right to run in an election as any other Thai citizen that is eligible to run,Suthep talks about Elitist he needs to look in the mirror because he is the biggest one them.
Discussion 86 : 10/12/2013 at 12:26 PM
The caretaker Prime Minister has done her part to defuse tension. The demonstrators need to do the same. Any further economic degridation will be directly caused by the actions of the demonstrators and their leaders. All mega projects are also now in jepardy. These were key projects to boost economic conditions for years to come. Thanks to the demonstators continuing actions, Thais will have even greater hardship in years to come. Look into the future people, not only what happens today or tomorrow.
Discussion 87 : 10/12/2013 at 12:23 PM
she knows full well what the crowd wants, she wouldn't be the first prime minister in the world to step down in light of scandal or disgrace. I can't understand her not wanting to go because it's unconstitutional, it would be difficult to determine how many unconstitutional acts her party and underlings have perpetrated during her tenure
Discussion 88 : 10/12/2013 at 12:21 PM
Me thinks you judge the book by its lovely cover and ignore it's not so lovely content.
Discussion 89 : 10/12/2013 at 12:20 PM
She looks upset, naturally, but hardly "breaks down in tears" - sensationalist reporting again. I wonder if the protesters and media just dont like having a female in high positions..........!
Discussion 90 : 10/12/2013 at 12:19 PM
'...I don't know where to retreat further' Ms Yingluck, I can't believe even you wouldn't understand that: it is for you to get out with the rest of your pseudo-government not to create more damage to the country, ...and not to run away with the huge 2.2Trillion Baht 'jackpot', simple, not!? 'Caretaker', my foot!? 'Do you want me to not even set foo on Thai soil?' Wouldn't the protesters' answer be: We wouldn't have gone that far Ms, but now that you mention it yourself, maybe it would be the best for the country...
Discussion 91 : 10/12/2013 at 12:17 PM
Madame, you have the hatred of some thousand people, but you have the respect of millions others, inside and outside of Thailand.
Discussion 92 : 10/12/2013 at 12:17 PM
I expected a very different video after reading the headline. If this was my country I'd break down in tears what bunch of corrupt feudalists tries to take over in the name of cleanliness and goodness.
Discussion 93 : 10/12/2013 at 12:16 PM
Poor Yingluck, she had had no interest in politic, but her brother decided she should become PM. It looks like she will have no choice in the matter this time around either. I wouldn't like to be in her shoes.
Discussion 94 : 10/12/2013 at 12:07 PM
Why people can be so mean to her like that and do like this to her and say not to come to get out and not come to Thailand. I will vote 10 time for her
Discussion 95 : 10/12/2013 at 12:04 PM
The whole Thailand wept with PM YS. Yesterday was a day of victory of the lawlessness, distortion, untruth, misinformation, lies, and smear in term of the turn up of the misled. The people will persist until rule of law, justice, equality, democracy, freedom and truth claim victory. Leaders of the lawlessness could not declared 'final victory' and Monday has gone. They could not seize power because it was legally and legitimately transferred to the people through dissolution of the House. I am sure DP will boycott the GE because they know they will lose and the only way for them to cover up their crimes is seizing power illegally. T
Discussion 96 : 10/12/2013 at 12:03 PM
I am sorry you are upset but we have reached the point that was inevitable the day you consented - against your better judgement by all accounts - to be PM effectively on behalf of your brother. The first step you should take is to state categorically that you will not run as the PT candidate for PM at the next election. If you can persuade your brother to say he will withdraw from influencing the actions, appointments and policies of the interim and future government this also would be a step forwards. Your brother has been very uncompromising in some of his recent statements - you should not be surprised at the reaction
Discussion 97 : 10/12/2013 at 12:02 PM
can't help thinking that this is a women far too naive and out of touch with reality to be prime minister. She truly doesn't get it. She's lived in a parallel universe for the past 2 years. Shinawatras have well and truly cooked their goose, biggest protests in decades seem to be in opposition to them in particular. Doesn't the penny drop.
Discussion 98 : 10/12/2013 at 11:59 AM
Not only is she trying her best, but she seems to be a fair person. People should stop instigating and harassing her. She has been successful in life and is quite a smart person. To lose her as the PM of Thailand is a major step backwards. So many people just protest against her because she is related to Thaksin Shinawatra. And some protesters too have been involved in some forms of corruption (e.g. paying the police money to get out of a fine). Where is the lack of understanding and common sense that not all family members think alike?
Discussion 99 : 10/12/2013 at 11:56 AM
I am American , living and working in ChIna, who plans to relocate to Thailand ., The Prime Minister correctly observes that there are anti govrnement supporters who want her to leave Thailand's soil. Unfortunately, her brother chose exile rather than accept the court's convictions for using political postion to help his wifeThis action along the PM.s allowing her brother to exertinfluence on thai government, despite his legal status a fugitive for justice, raises question about PM's resolve to updhold the constitution at all, But smoe of topposition goes too far ,:THe Pm is thai and deserving of the right s of citizen .
Discussion 100 : 10/12/2013 at 11:47 AM
If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen comes to mind.
Discussion 101 : 10/12/2013 at 11:47 AM
One word; RESIGN!
Discussion 102 : 10/12/2013 at 11:46 AM
The sheer gall of the opposition to say that Yingluck and other members of her family cannot even remain in Thailand. If voted out of office, then Yingluck should accepted the result, but to have this illegal group of protesters demand that they be banned from the country is the height of arrogance. It appears that they want to ensure that they meet no resistance as they move into positions to pillage the country's coffers to their advantage. You can rest assured that these so called democrats will, if allowed to take power, will be as corrupt and inept as they were before Yingluck was elected. They have already proven their incompetence.
Discussion 103 : 10/12/2013 at 11:45 AM
She is the Minister of Defense right ?
Discussion 104 : 10/12/2013 at 11:44 AM
I didn't see any tears, although they quite possibly came later. I think the headline is misleading.
Discussion 105 : 10/12/2013 at 11:38 AM
Crocodile Tears
Discussion 106 : 10/12/2013 at 11:37 AM
It is sad to see a decent prime minister, whose only sin in some peoples eyes is to be part of the Shinawatra clan, reduced to such an emotional state.
Discussion 107 : 10/12/2013 at 11:34 AM
Hardly "breaking down in tears"! I would say; suitably upset by the totally unreasonable vilification of her family & brother. In a country filled with corruption, where every business & government department is founded on corruption, they have selected one family to shoulder the entire blame. The ludicrous nature of the situation is highlighted by Suthep's long history of corruption himself.
Discussion 108 : 10/12/2013 at 11:32 AM
Let her and her cabinet resign and her troubles are over. No need for any constitution impediment.
Discussion 109 : 10/12/2013 at 11:31 AM
I empathize with her and the difficult time that she is facing. She has been strong for long enough and has been very patience and conciliatory all the time and done her level best to avoid violence. Afterall she really is an accidental PM thrust into a role that she was not prepared and she has done remarkably well for a novice politician. Her detractors have really struck a new low by asking her family to leave the country. She need not and her family has all the right democratically to continue with politics.

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