The queen, again and again

3 08 2010

Currently doing the rounds in Thailand is a letter from the queen to Napas (Zeze) na Pombejra, thanking Zeze for her open letter to CNN, criticizing their coverage of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime’s violent crackdown on protesters in Bangkok in May.

Zeze’s letter, in Thai and English can be read here. When the letter came out young suddenly became a yellow-shirt queen, and was praised endlessly by the crowd that wanted the red shirts crushed. Democrat Party members and ministers sent the letter out endlessly.

Bangkok Pundit commented on the letter here and provided considerable contrary evidence. PPT ignored the letter when we received it for it was so obviously biased and out of kilter with the CNN and BBC reports that PPT had watched on the days around the crackdown. It was, however, a serious event, with CNN reporters apparently receiving hate mail and death threats.

Now the queen has sent her signed letter to Zeze on the queen’s personal letterhead, saying (in rough translation):

Chitralada Palace

24 July 2010

I’ve read the letter that you wrote to CNN and feel proud that you stood up and did your duty as a good Thai to defend [us] against foreign journalists with bravery and straightforwardness. At the same time, you were polite and provided a clear statement that should make the world think again about CNN’s reliability.

[I] admire your courage in defending our nation’s image and pride.

(signed) Sirikit

This is the most recent in a series of actions taken by the queen that reveal her deep political commitments with the right wing, military favorites and the People’s Alliance for Democracy (which she sees as defenders of her nation). So stunts like this are probably reflective of a broader and deeper palace support for the regime and yellow shirts.


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5 09 2010
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[…] Another example of not being able to deal with the truth was seen at the time that the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime was cracking down on red shirt protesters in 2010, killing and injuring many. At the time, ultra-royalists organized a campaign against foreign correspondents for telling the world what was really happening. One example of a campaign is seen here. These complaints were rewarded with the support of Queen Sirikit. […]

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