Updated: Monarchy essential to life as we know it

22 10 2010

In a follow-up to PPT’s earlier post on Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s statement that fighting red shirts and Thaksin Shinawatra is the army’s major task, we can now add his comment in The Nation: “”Everyone is obligated, in an act of loyalty, to root out certain individuals from offending the country’s revered institution because without the monarchy, we may live but things will never be the same…”.

In our earlier post we commented that the fear of Thaksin has reached absurd levels amongst the royalist elite, where Prayuth seems to have been promoted to chief busker. In this most recent quote, Prayuth is establishing the basis for this absurdity. The elite feels that the monarchy is at the heart of all that is good, for them, in Thailand: inequality and exploitation,  the dominance of Sino-Thai capital, fabulous wealth for a few, all welded together as economic and political power based on the political exploitation of the masses, double standards and the repression of all opposition.

And, threateningly, he is also making the case for even greater political repression.

Update: In The Nation, Prayuth is reported to have said: “It’s not right to attack anyone in the shadows. If you want to express your views, you should come out in the open to speak and explain.” Right, criticize the monarchy and get arrested, thrown in jail and be left to rot. PPT think Prayuth wasn’t serious.



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22 10 2010
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25 10 2010
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