Posts Tagged ‘military’

The junta overthrew democracy and has violated the rights of the people of Thailand. Without civil liberties and a civilian government, Thais are uncertain about their future, and yet they’re expected to be obedient to the whims of the military elites. 

Incidentally, will the election be free and fair?

Chalermchai shoots down Nitirat’s fears.

Army commander Chalermchai Sitthisad warned Thammasat law lecturer and Nitirat group leader Worachet Pakeerut on Tuesday to keep his thoughts to himself, ruling out fears of violence as suggested by the academic if an outsider prime minister is installed.

“Everything is following the roadmap. Don’t think too far ahead. Let’s proceed to an election and solve the problems along the way. Don’t think about an outsider prime minister just yet. It will only drive people crazy and stop us moving forward,” he said.

Source: Bangkok Post



The national broadcasting regulator on Wednesday suspended a popular news talk program on Voice TV for 15 days, saying it caused confusion and incited societal division.

Voice TV – owned by Pathongthae Shinawatra, son of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – will appeal the decision against “Tonight Thailand” and seek a temporary injunction at the administrative court, its management said Tuesday.

A sub-committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission, or NBTC, cited a program aired on Dec. 26 and two others aired on March 1 and March 5 as problematic.

A minute from the meeting obtained by Khaosod English shows the program on the December evening violated the MOU that bans criticism of the military junta.

It said the March 1 program was found to be “sarcastic” against the national leader.

“The sarcasm was too much and caused confusion. What was said was not truthful, such as government corruption or comparing [Prayuth] to Pinocchio, which is tantamount to saying the premier is a liar,” the minute read.

Continue reading: Khaosod English

Also refer to my Global Voices article of 2017 on the junta’s previous suspension of Voice TV: Thai Junta’s Media Regulator Suspends Voice TV for ‘Unreasonable Criticism’ and ‘Biased Content’ 

The election commission on Monday rejected the formation of a communist party on grounds that it was unconstitutional.

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn on Monday rejected the formation of the “Communist Party of Thailand” saying the name violates the law and the constitution, said Sawaeng Boonmee, the commissioner’s secretary.

The request and application forms were submitted and signed by a person identified as Pathom Tanthiti.

Somchai could not immediately be reached for a comment.

Maj. Gen. Peerawat Saengthong of the Internal Security Operations Command said any activity that could divide the country must be closely monitored.

It’s unclear whether the movement is connected to the party of the same name active between 1942 through the 1990s, which launched a guerrilla war against the government in 1965.

Continue reading: Khaosod English

Junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha urged the public on Friday to be critical while consuming news and information from social media.

Speaking during his nation-wide address, he said the public must be critical when consuming news and information from social media and when talking to others. He said the public should think after listening or reading and ask questions before restating or concluding what they heard.

“I would like to plead everyone to maintain the best environment and the best foreign views toward Thailand as we move toward elections. We can see that today, [foreign governments] pay attention to national development, politics and democracy which is moving ahead. I give moral support to businesses, look after the people and human rights,” Prayuth said.

With the majority of mainstream media in the country exercising a level of self-censorship since the May 2014 military coup, social media has become the most used space to publish content critical of the junta.

Continue reading: Khaosod English

The secret American “black site” for interrogating suspected terrorists in Thailand was known to the CIA as “Detention Site Green” but for its first detainee, it was decidedly white.

Four halogen lights blasted the white walls 24 hours a day, according to Steve Coll in his book Directorate S, about the Pakistani spy service and those it arrested.

At other times, alleged terrorist Abu Zubaydah was kept in a coffin-sized box for hundreds of hours and waterboarded until he passed out, according to the Washington Post.

“Interrogation techniques such as slaps and “wallings” (slamming detainees against a wall) were used in combination, frequently concurrent with sleep deprivation and nudity,” stated a US Senate report in 2014.

Continue reading: ABC News

The deputy prime minister has sought another extension of the deadline to submit written explanation of his pricey watches to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) when it dues today.

NACC deputy secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said Gen Prawit has sought to postpone giving a written explanation despite the deadline expires today.

But he said he couldn’t say whether the NACC would give him more time to clarify on the issue.

He said the NACC is gathering evidence and giving him a chance to clear himself off all allegations

Meanwhile the fact-finding committee assigned by the NACC board to probe the pricey wristwatches owned by the deputy prime minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan remained undecided whether to invite him for oral explanation after the fourth extended deadline for him to submit written explanation expires on Thursday.

Continue reading: ThaiPBS

Two Thai fascists united, once again. 

An activist monk who helped lead street protests that paved way for the 2014 military coup was indicted on a charge of insurrection along with other activists Wednesday.

Buddha Issara and 13 others were accused of inciting unlawful rebellion against the government at the time with their protest campaign, which saw several state agencies occupied by protesters. The monk, whose real name is Suwit Thongprasert, denied the charges.

Continue reading: Khaosod English