Chief cop and the monarchy as priority

1 11 2010

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then deputy Suthep Thaugsuban waited a long time to get the “right man” as police chief. Now that they have Police General Wichien Potposri in the top cop job they must be very pleased with his priorities and work.

Of course, PPT knows that Wichien was selected for his political credentials. He was also selected because he is a staunch royalist. To illustrate this, Wichien has announced that his top priority is to “crack down heavily on anti-monarchy elements in society.”

According to the Bangkok Post report, the top man in the police has “warned that those trying to challenge and abuse the monarchy [that they] would face the full wrath of the police force. He also said he took the issue seriously on a personal level.” Mimicking the head of the army General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Wichien claims that “all police officers were duty-bound to arrest anybody who tried to bring down the monarchy and to protect the royal institution.”

Wichean also claims that he is going to “clean up the house”, which we assume is a reference to a political purge rather than any attempt to clean up the most corrupt element of the bureaucracy. The culture of corruption in the police is so deeply embedded that the 6-month timeframe Wichien’s “clean-up” has means he’s not serious about corruption, just political allegiance. He says: “I strongly believe that police officers who do not take sides can survive…”. The message is clear.

Wichien also wants the much-criticized public gatherings bill to be approved in parliament. This bill would mean that only police-approved rallies of more than 10 people would be legal. Human rights in Thailand – the few that remain – would suffer yet another kick down the road of the fascist state.

That Prayuth and Wichien both have made the the monarchy their main task is a clear message that they see the main political task is the protection of the so-called Establishment in the country. Prayuth has already begun to purge the military, and the police seem set to follow as the elite seeks to make the bureaucracy opposition-proof.


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3 04 2014
Another step towards the judicial coup | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] police and palace meddling during the period of the Abhisit Vejjajiva government. Abhisit was dead keen to have his man as police chief, and Wichien was selected for his political credentials and to prevent the rise of  Pol Gen […]

3 04 2014
Another step towards the judicial coup | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] police and palace meddling during the period of the Abhisit Vejjajiva government. Abhisit was dead keen to have his man as police chief, and Wichien was selected for his political credentials and to prevent the rise of  Pol Gen […]




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