Lese majeste convict Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul has released a letter at Prachatai, edited by Tyrell Haberkorn. In it he writes of the solidarity amongst political prisoners – those recently released and others still in jail – in Thailand. PPT isn’t going to summarize the letter here as it deserves to be read in full at the Prachatai site. He writes of the “ordinary people like us who are imprisoned.” And he hopes that he can get his freedom soon and be reunited with his young son.
The treatment of lese majeste prisoners continues to be reprehensible, yet Tanthawut’s poignant letter shows how solidarity is created to support those jailed for political crimes.
Tanthawut was sentenced on 15 March 2011, found guilty as charged and sentenced him to a total of 13 years in prison. As PPT observed at the time, this was just one more draconian decision meant to protect the ideology that underpins the royalist state.