Prachatai reports that on 14 September, Boworn Yasinthorn, “a former student leader during the 14 Oct 1973 incident and President of the Network of Volunteer Citizens to Protect the Monarchy on Facebook, lodged a complaint with Air Chief Marshal Naphreuk Manthajit, chair of a Senate committee monitoring the enforcement of laws and measures to protect the monarchy, demanding that serious legal action be taken against those who offend the monarchy.”
Boworn complained that the 14 October 1973 student-led uprising has been used and “distorted to slander the monarchy for being involved in the event…”.
Boworn was the leader of the group that “previously asked the DSI to prosecute red-shirt singer Tom Dundee, who, he alleged, offended the monarchy in a public speech in Ratchaburi on 8 June.”
Seemingly maddened by “Two unidentified persons have posted a link to the YouTube clip on their Facebook pages from abroad,” Boworn is demanding that his group’s website be protected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from nasty overseas posters. Crackpots are usually ignored by governments in normalized societies, but not in Thailand, as Boworn will have the support of yellow shirted royalists.
While PPT might wish that it could dismiss these kinds of monarchist as crackpots, it is clear that the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, several ministers, the political police at the Department of Special Investigation, and a bunch of yellow shirts take these crackpots seriously. Of itself, this shows how deeply this government is mired in authoritarian political practice.