Part 1 : The Direction of the Puea Chart party, Is Jatuporn Breaking Away From Thaksin?
Red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan has changed significantly after serving jail time for charges lodged against him during the United Front for Democracy gainst Dictatorship (UDD) demonstrations. He is more calm, and has different opinions for the red shirt’s future. This shift in personality, coupled with a possible fallout with his fellow partner in crime Nattawut Saikua, has raised questions on whether their political faction should move beyond Thaksin Shinawatra himself.
UDD leader Jatuporn Prompan was released from jail on 4 August, 2018 after serving his 1 year and 15 days jail term for defamation against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
In a brief interview after his release he said, “Those who have political experience should know best that if we move forward like this we already know our demise. Therefore I would like all sides to find a solution and fix it before we die. Don’t die before fixing it”.
Mr. Jatuporn spent a large portion of his time behind bars with Thaksin’s nemesis Sondhi Limthongkul and Phra Buddha Issara, and their exchange of views at the time would have most likely had an impact on his ideology. After all, he has already been to prison on 4 separate accounts all related to political activity and should carefully reconsider serving the two siblings abroad again whom are enjoying themselves in Europe…or Dubai.
He still has charges hanging over him, for terrorism and violating the code of conduct while the State of Emergency decree was enforced in 2011.
There is no denying that the violence was instigated beyond Mr. Jatuporn’s actions, but at the end it was only him who had to carry the burden of the atrocity while the real commanders are protected on foreign soil.
Although Mr. Jatuporn has been stripped of his rights to re-enter politics, he has acknowledged that he and Yongyut Tiyapirat have registered the Pheu Chart party and will act as an advisor and councilor for its future.
Other red-shirt leaders have walked separate paths to form their own parties although it is speculated that they will all form a coalition after elections have been settled. However, it remains unclear whether everyone on that side still desires to remain under Thaksin’s umbrella, as division is visible between Mr. Jatuporn and Mr. Nattawut…both core red-shirt leaders.
There is more to this story.