The conservative and nationalistic mindset is given to paranoia. We always look over our shoulders, wondering that some foreign power will undermine us and conquer us.
From a young age, the distrusting mindset is nurtured.
During the colonial era, the French and the British tried to undermine us and conquer us. It was only through our kings’ wisdom that we maintained our independence even if they managed to “steal” some of our lands (translation: took our colonies, such as Laos and Cambodia).
Never forget, foreigners always look to pillage the kingdom. (Read Global Conspiracy Against Thailand).
Hence, it should be no surprise that there are allegations of “foreign sponsorship” whenever the Thai people rise against the government. This includes student protests in the 1970s and in 2020.
This past week, conservative Thai media and pro-government social media pages circulated a photograph of student protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak’s 2016 meeting with then-US Ambassador Glyn Davies.
Accompanying the photo are accusations that the US government is behind the student protests. That there’s an American conspiracy to undermine the Thai kingdom in its “Cold War” against China and to set Thailand up as its puppet clientele nation.
The allegations are taken seriously enough for the US embassy in Thailand to release the following statement on 10 September:
“The United States government is not funding or otherwise providing support to any of the protests in Thailand. The United States does not support any individual or political party; we support the democratic process and the rule of law.“
“As friends of Thailand, we encourage all sides to continue to act with respect and restraint and engage in constructive dialogue on how to move the country forward.”