Summary of Thai Army’s orders since the declaration of Martial Law on 20 May 2014

Martial law serves no benefit to democracy and freedom.

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Summary of Thai Army’s orders since the declaration of Martial Law on 20 May 2014

The Royal Thai Army unilaterally declared the Martial law which has been in effect since 03.00 am on 20 May 2014 throughout the country citing that the law will prevent escalating violence and to restore public law and order. The Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) has been established by the Royal Thai Army to restore law and order in the country and dissolved the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) previously set up by caretaking cabinet. The Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army is appointed as the director of POMC.

In addition, the military announced that military officers are deployed in all areas and assigned as enforcing officials of the Martial Law to maintain public peace and order.

Order No. 01/2014

The military ordered radio stations, television stations, satellite and cable TV stations…

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Illusion of security: I am not watching you

When one thinks of CCTV in Bangkok, the image of dummy surveillance cameras come to mind. The price of urbanization is naturally security of the residents, migrants, tourists and so forth. These dummy CCTVs, obviously they don’t function, was part of the grand design of city-hall, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. A costly project, filled with mocking comments from urban Thais.

Bangkok has always been a city filled with crime and nowadays with the dramatic fuckery of PDRC‘s  violent rallies. Despite the attempts by authorities to subdue the crime rates along with adding flowery words to describe the ‘improved’ state of safety, residents avoid the streets at nights, and tourists and foreign businesses shy away from the city.

I am watching you
A sign in Bangkok, with the governor and his pet CCTV project.

Fundamental extremism lurks in societal insecurity

Buddha Issara, a rogue monk with the fetish taste of violence, aye all in the name of his unholy design for power. His bizarre behaviour brings about thoughts of confusion though why not as there has been cases of oppression, regardless of faith or the colour of their robes, from within the region; from Myanmar to Indonesia, then from Malaysia to Thailand. Fundamental extremism in the name of religion creeps or bursts forth, as in the case of Issara,  into the institutional upbringing, into the cracks of anxiety and so-called patriotism, and provides nourishment for those having lost their faith in democracy and peace.


The PDRC retreat

The PDRC retreat

Days ago, Suthep the messiah of Bangkok social elites, the remnants of a once huge group of ultra royalists and patriots left their Lumpini Park base camp and have planted themselves at the abandoned government buildings. As a result, the soldiers have regrouped, leaving behind their bunkers and sentry posts. Now it seems, Suthep’s days are almost at an end.

In the end, the reflection of men upon a city

Men make cities, frontiers and roads. Men locate, and men exploit resources from nature’s grasp. Men argue over many things, and over religion, language, race and politics. And their, our, quarrels, just like our creations, change the equation of humanity.

Today’s geography is changing rapidly. We see nationalism, fresh ideologies mixed with old ones, the idealism of men, and the flaws of forged thoughts. A great clash of behaviours, this in a way reveals relations between races, between communities rich and poor, great and small, old and new. Rising populations press upon the educated few, their bloated arrogance stimulate that burning desire for bittersweet self-righteousness.

Men armed with old techniques push back those who are made vulnerable, marginalized. Bangkok, hasn’t changed; it will not evolve simply out of survival, it waits for the explosion of anger, of greed; before consuming the inhabitants and leaving most burning feverishly with self-loathing.