Updated: Soldiers everywhere

14 10 2010

PPT finds it somewhat difficult to comment on this story in the Bangkok Post. When several commentators talk of a slide into authoritarianism and PPT even said that “Thailand lingers in the half-light at the edge of a political dark age,” we are increasingly convinced that  we can ignore the propagandists and unequivocally say that Abhisit Vejjajiva’s regime is there; the lights are so very dim that the darkness is pervasive.

Why do we conclude this? Simply because, amongst all the censorship, jailing, repression and fear-mongering, the civilian government is now so enmeshed with the the military that there is no distinction between the government and its repressive forces. The military may well have learned that it can’t directly rule any more, having seen the failure of the junta and its palace-dominated government following the 2006 coup. They have also learned that they can remain in control by having a pliant and dependent civilian government at their side.

The pressing question for the authoritarian alliance is: How does the military-Democrat Party twinning engineer an election victory that will embed this new authoritarian arrangement that has the royalist military in charge via the pliant and dependent civilian government.

Our perception is influenced by the report that “Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered deployment of troops in 1,868 communities in all 50 districts of Bangkok and nearby provinces for civic action, intelligence collection and prevention of bombings and sabotage…”. The general ordered “the troops to develop relations with the local people so that they can act as the eyes and ears of the authorities.”

Put this together with the mad monarchists, calls for more protection of the monarchy and the farcical repression we have noted of late, and our question is: What event will see the liberal lights turned out? We think we know who will do it.

Update: The update consisted of some corrections to make the post clearer. We also recommend this related post.


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15 10 2010
A picture worth 1000 words « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Take Action Soldiers everywhere […]

16 10 2010
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[…] an earlier post, PPT concluded that amongst all the censorship, jailing, repression and fear-mongering, the Abhisit Vejjajiva […]

18 10 2010
Soldiers, palace and politics « Political Prisoners in Thailand

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