'Split Thailand' banner in Phayao

PHAYAO ― A vinyl banner bearing a message in Thai which can be translated as “This country has no justice. Gu want to split the country” has been posted on a pedestrian flyover in Muang district of the northern province of Phayao.

Gu is an informal and impolite Thai pronoun which means I.

The banner, one metre wide and four metres long, was hung from a pedestrian flyover crossing Phahon Yothin Road (Lampang-Phayao) in front of Boonsit Wittaya School in Phayao municipality. It was placed over an announcement promoting the Chinese New Year festival, which will begins on Friday, Jan 31.

Investigators from Muang Phayao police station were called to inspect and take pictures of the banner on Tuesday. Police assumed the motive was political. The flyover is near a U-turn where waiting motorists are likely to observe the banner more clearly than in other places, police said. 

Phayao is a northern province that is a political stronghold of the Pheu Thai Party and the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD). Siriwat Chupamattha, a UDD coordinator for Phayao, denied any involvement in the hanging of the banner and said he had no idea who put it there. 

He agreed the banner was probaby put up by red-shirts in the province, but said he did not know which group,  and there were several of them. 

He warned that rifts among people with different political views will deepen and the idea of splitting Thailand in two could draw more support in future if the anti-government, anti-election protests led by Suthep Thaugsuban of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) continued.

“I personally think Mr Suthep should be the one splitting the country” and could then carry on living with his political ideology, he added.  

The banner was hung for about four hours as it was removed before 3pm Tuesday.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 02:53 PM
Lochiel7. Maybe i dont see "the big picture" but it seems that more than once independence brought also a lot of death.I dont think that thai society is in such a bad shape that it's worth take the risk.
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 03:44 AM
That's a really intelligent thought, well done.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 04:44 PM
The Thais didn't steal it joa. It was ceded to Thailand in perpetuity by Britain back in 1903 who DID steal it. Made border demarcation easier so it was said.
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 01:53 PM
A good idea, but does the north become a new country or what. Remember that if it splits into two, the northerners would need work permits to work in Bangkok, I cannot see how the north would sustain itself independently without their workers working in BKK.
Discussion 5 : 02/02/2014 at 11:06 AM
Unconventional? That's about the kindest way of putting it I suppose. Raving bonkers is probably closer to the truth!
Discussion 6 : 02/02/2014 at 10:33 AM
Rakchart, I have to disagree. I think in large, Suthep wants something good for Thailand. The way I see it, I think the PRDC and Suthep have good intentions, but unfortunately made decisions and actions that weren't well thought out and/or effective. It seems as though impulse overtook thoughts, and the strong will to force Yingluck out made it a personal battle against the Shinawatra family. This overtook the initial campaign of the fight against corruption. The rift between the north and south will heal if the political parties stick to policies and plans, and end these protests and blockades.
Discussion 7 : 02/02/2014 at 10:00 AM
farkle, hold on. There are 196 countries in the world. That's 196 different cultures in simple terms. If things were equal, each country would take up 0.51 percent of the world's population. So, for Thailand to make up 1 percent of the world's population is already remarkable.
Discussion 8 : 02/02/2014 at 12:37 AM
When the unity of the nation is threatened, firm measures have to be taken. The Thai nation appears to be split into two and the people who have the means and power to remedy the situation have so far been silent. Thaksin who is a main player in this crisis have done nothing to suggest he loves Thailand as a single entity. Is his struggle worth the breakup of the Thai nation?
Discussion 9 : 01/02/2014 at 11:10 AM
I have been here only three years. which means I am a student of Thai culture. This is the saddest thing I have ever seen. Seeing this made tears in my eyes. When I consider this and the monk who is on a hunger strike, my tears flow like rain... There are not many Thai people in our world, about one percent. Our world is more interesting because there are Thai people in it, that there is Thainess, that there is Thai food and wonderful Thai xylophones chiming and Thai singing. I am sad today.
Discussion 10 : 01/02/2014 at 12:08 AM
I have heard this for a while, but I hope the people who want to split the country especially the people from the North and Isan will realize that when it gets to become a reality, it will be for them like an economic suicide. Left is Burma they hate us, right is Lao and the border is surrounded with mountains. It´s like a dead valley. Thai bay is very important to the ecconomy of Thailand and Bangkok is the main trade city, without Bangkok, the central plains, and all of the sea connections from the South, the North and Isan will fall back to poverty similar to Northkorea. So...this won´t be happening!
Discussion 11 : 31/01/2014 at 05:17 PM
lochiel7 you should start to read books then... As a citizen of the former Jugoslavija I can tell you that there was nothing good in the split up of the country... thousands of deaths and a ruined economy, cultural monuments and goods destroyed... People lived on a level similar to how Thai people live now, they could afford holidays and having some kind of wealth. Now almost everybody is poor. My country was divided by external forces, Thailand watch out in which direction you're heading. Spreading the hatred and igniting division is a one way road to disaster.
Discussion 12 : 31/01/2014 at 08:19 AM
And in the meantime, give back land you stole in the deep South, and some to current Laos and Cambodia
Discussion 13 : 31/01/2014 at 06:23 AM
Very good idea but hard, impossible to implement unless you have international UN backing but you need a system like USA where Northern Thailand would have independent voting for governor, not picked by Bangkok, petition for that. Chiang Mai can go it alone. You need to get Obama off his chair and say something to protesters and government, Thailand is not some island anymore, it affects world trade and happiness. There is some bad vibration coming from somewhere trying to stress everyone out. I said before your politicians hate, hate each other, get Bill Clinton to mediate or some scholar from Harvard or the head of 7-11, he seems smart.
Discussion 14 : 31/01/2014 at 12:46 AM
locchiel17 - you forgot the biggest split of all China and both sides of the split are at the top of the table at the moment.
Discussion 15 : 30/01/2014 at 08:03 PM
I am very keeon on history Lorenzo. I have not read the same books as you but hoping you can advise which countries arising from recent splits your history books take exception to: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eritrea, Palau, East Timor, Kosovo, South Sudan, Namibia,Armenia, Azerbijian, Belorus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia,Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Slovenia. A few years earlier there was the partition of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Freedom from civil war and more autonomy is important to most.
Discussion 16 : 30/01/2014 at 07:33 PM
Great Idea. Split it 50-50 by land mass. Then the reds get to have the new Shin Mai and the rest of us get to be rid of the scams like the rice deal and the all important 2.2 trillion money siphoning deal to build fast trains with left overs from China. Industry which drives Thailand will be in the south. In the end it will be a mirror of Korea but Yingluck will definitely be looking better then her counterpart.
Discussion 17 : 30/01/2014 at 03:06 PM
The only way out of the 'coup/election' cycle as far as I can see. It would be interesting to see which portion came out on top if nothing else. Do it!
Discussion 18 : 30/01/2014 at 08:56 AM
Sure, let's go ahead. Let people decide if they want to split from Thailand and call their territory Chinese Thaksinland. Just try it.
Discussion 19 : 29/01/2014 at 11:23 PM
this is nothing to do with Suthep, clearly from his speech, he want to stop evils from robbing the Nation. and he has never requested anything in return not even any position in the next government
Discussion 20 : 29/01/2014 at 07:19 PM
The Bangkok Post was created by Malcolm MacDonald. He was the ex- CIA station Chief in Bangkok. He was offered a fair bit of latitude in what the BKK Post covered- but even for him- there were limits. Apparently the present administration has also bowed down to those limits. Anyone that knows the score- knows, that although Suthep's methods are unconventional- they are the last ditch effort to safe a Nation. One chance- It's now or never
Discussion 21 : 29/01/2014 at 06:17 PM
It seems that for some people splitting the country sound like an option... how about reading a history book and see what happened when a country is split in two.
Discussion 22 : 29/01/2014 at 05:43 PM
I think CM should become it's own country, if the of CM did not take bribes from Bangkok CM would have already been it's own independent Country. CM has a Million Rice fields don't forget, being independent would bring in Billions of dollars of investments
Discussion 23 : 29/01/2014 at 02:54 PM
It was removed.
Discussion 24 : 29/01/2014 at 01:24 AM
As long as Suthep lives, the rift between south and north will never heal.
Discussion 25 : 29/01/2014 at 12:26 AM
The rift between the North and Bangkok will never heal as long as the Bangkok elite try to stifle the enfranchisement of northerners.
Discussion 26 : 28/01/2014 at 10:00 PM
In a Northern THAI province the authorities erected a poster celebrating CHINESE New Year. Seems to me the Chinese have already divided this country into the parts they have colonised and the rest.
Discussion 27 : 28/01/2014 at 09:27 PM
Thailand North. I favor it. As for sure my Thailand South visa won't be valid up there, I couldn't go see my parents in law no more. Do it.
Discussion 28 : 28/01/2014 at 09:14 PM
So from this report the banner is not authorized to be there, but the police refuse to take it down.
Discussion 29 : 28/01/2014 at 08:40 PM
Wasn't in Phayao a few months ago that someone erected a huge milestone proclaiming 'red territory'. Frankly, Phayao is one of the poorer provinces in the country, they have a limited amount of rice production, some fruit trees and a lake to fish in. Good luck to going your own way.
Discussion 30 : 28/01/2014 at 08:14 PM
Typical uninformed rubbish: According to the World Bank, the Northeast region generates 11.5% of GDP for Thailand but RECEIVES JUST 5.8% back in government expenditure. Bangkok generates 25.8% of GDP, but receives 72.2% of total expenditures. See full data at the World Bank's website.
Discussion 31 : 28/01/2014 at 07:45 PM
As long as Thaksin lives the rift between North and Bangkok will never heal.
Discussion 32 : 28/01/2014 at 07:36 PM
What a disgusting thing to say. You should be ashamed of yourself Matt.
Discussion 33 : 28/01/2014 at 07:15 PM
what were all the smiles about anyway? revolution after revolution. maybe time to get serious for a few moments and truly solve some deep problems in this country without tearing it apart."this is the way we do things in Thailand" is no longer is a valid excuse for shooting yourself in the foot. what is best for all Thais should be on everyone's minds but never seems to be. where is that Buddhist upbringing when you need it?
Discussion 34 : 28/01/2014 at 06:53 PM
well, that will be the only way for the fugitive to become a president.
Discussion 35 : 28/01/2014 at 06:35 PM
Not the first time I've heard this. I guess the rest of the country is attached to their ability to vote.
Discussion 36 : 28/01/2014 at 06:12 PM
Thailand north & Thailand south
Discussion 37 : 28/01/2014 at 05:41 PM
Their definition of 'justice' is one-sided. Found guilty, that's unjust. Found innocent, now that's justice. wut? No one talks about splitting the country. If you don't like it there, leave. Period.
Discussion 38 : 28/01/2014 at 05:37 PM
and they could have their own PT ruled empire forever, a fairy tale come true - but that 2.4 times market price for rice would have to go - ya can't have it all ---- doh !!!! Nevermind, there's always elephant rides up at CM.
Discussion 39 : 28/01/2014 at 05:16 PM
The Land of Smile .........its over

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