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This Street Artist Is Trying to Loosen the Junta’s Iron Grip on Thailand With Humor.

It was a scandal too good to ignore. Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy prime minister and close ally of Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha, was photographed with a flashy Richard Mille wrist watch worth nearly $100,000 USD peeking out from beneath his white military uniform sleeve.

That photograph, and others like it showcasing a watch collection worth in excess of $1 million USD, snowballed into a scandal that, for many Thais, encapsulated their frustration with a military government that seized control in a 2014 coup and then refused to let go of power. And it was just too perfect a metaphor for political street artist Headache Stencil to pass up.

The artist, who asked us to keep his real name a secret, sketched up an image of Prawit’s face inside an alarm clock. The clock’s hands subtly formed an X across his face. But Headache Stencil wasn’t finished. He added a Rolex logo to the general’s forehead and then stenciled the image on a busy pedestrian overpass right in the middle of Bangkok. He wanted the piece to show the junta that the watch scandal was a wake up call for the people. He wanted the military government, and Prawit who had stubbornly ignored calls for his resignation, to know that time was running out.

“[The junta] will be lucky to last another two-to-three months,” the artist told me. “Pro-democracy protestors are getting bolder since the watch scandal. There was nothing special about that piece. It only became popular because a lot of people agreed with the message.”

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Public prosecutor has decided not to prosecute 28 pro-election demonstrators, reasoning that their prosecution would not be in the public interest.

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Pathumwan police charged 39 people for defying Public Assembly Act and National Council for Peace and Order’s head order 3/2558 for holding rally at sky walk in Bangkok’s Pathumwan intersection on Jan 27 demanding military junta leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to keep his promise to hold general election in November this year.

On March 7, police forwarded the cases of 28 protesters to the public prosecutors as two protesters earlier confessed to the charges while nine others are protest leaders who also faced incitement of unrest charge in accordance with Section 116 of the Criminal Code, therefore, their cases are being proceeded separately.

The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, which provided legal assistance to the group, reported on its website that the public prosecutor notified the accused on Friday (March 9) that charges against them had been dropped on ground that proceeding of the case wouldn’t be in public interest.

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An army commander apologized Tuesday on behalf of a colonel under his command who gave the middle finger to protesters in the north.

The confrontation broke out at Phayao City Hall after an activist group petitioned the authorities to end prosecution of its supporters. Lt. Gen. Vichak Siribansop, head of the northern army, said the officer lost his cool in the heat of an argument and subsequently “displayed inappropriate action.”

“I would like to apologize to the local residents and the media,” Vichak told reporters Tuesday.

The general added that the army has put the officer, named in media reports as Col. Thinnachart Sutthirak, under disciplinary review. Vichak said the inquiry would be concluded in three days.

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Pro-election activists have vowed to hold a major rally on March 10 to protest against the military government and to demand the restoration of democracy.

A core leader of the group, Mr Rangsiman Rome, urged members of the public as well as politicians to join their protest on March 10 at a location somewhere between Thammasat University and Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

The group gathered at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus on late Saturday afternoon (Feb 24) and staged a Hyde-park style rally, with core members among them Mr Rangsiman, Sirawith Serithiwat, Piyarat Chongthep and Anon Nampa taking turns to go up the stage to address the small audience.

Mr Rangsiman said that the group would use the three-finger salute as their symbol to represent their three objectives: to call for election this year; to throw out dictatorship and to restore democracy.

Continue reading: Pro-election group plans March 10 major anti-government rally

An angry crowd of about 500 people surrounded Thalang police station in Phuket on Saturday (Oct 10) to demand justice after two people were killed in a police chase.

About 700 police officers and military personnel have been dispatched from nearby Krabi and Phang Nga for reinforcement at the police station in Thalang, local news site Phuketwan reported.

At least five cars near the police station were reportedly set on fire as the protest continued.

Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongthada is investigating the alleged deadly police chase that claimed the lives of the two victims – Prathomwat Panarak, 22, and a 17-year-old whose name has been withheld, according to Phuket News.

Source by Channel NewsAsia

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So much for ‘happiness’ in junta-controlled Thailand.