They want to deal with the poor in a top-down fashion and have told them to stick with sufficiency economy while rich corporations like Chareon Pokaphan are not told the same. This administration is only interested about saving themselves so its leader [PM Surayud] can return to his job after the election as Privy Council member. We have been quiet and patient for the past 10 months but nothing has been done.

– Baramee Chairat, member of the secretariat of the Assembly of the Poor, quoted in “Poor farmers to protest at Government House next week“, The Nation, 18 May, 2007.