According to Apichart Sakdiseth, a Democrat Party MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat and chairman of the second subcommittee of the House committee on security of the state, quoted in the Bangkok Post, anti-monarchy campaigns are underway in nine provinces.
Apichart says that representatives of the National Intelligence Agency have told the Ministry of Interior that there are groups “actively campaigning to undermine the monarchy.”
The nine provinces involved are listed as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nakhon Sawan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Loei, Songkhla and Bangkok.
Apichart reckons that “undermining” takes several forms, including “citing the monarchy for self-interest and fabricating news detrimental to members of the royal family.”
PPT is shocked! Well, no we’re not, because all this seems to say is that the usual rumor mill is operating as before and that now it is being done in a highly politicized environment.
The NIA helpfully added that “most of those campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy were doing so in foreign countries.” If that makes any sense, then it would suggest that either, there are hundreds or even thousands doing this overseas or that there are only tiny campaigns against the monarchy in country.
Frankly, we don’t think the NIA has any clue about what a campaign is or what being anti-monarchy really constitutes or where they are.
Interestingly, it is a Democrat Party MP making these points, only a few days after his disingenuous boss was calling for the monarchy not to be used as a political tool. Maybe Apichart realizes that Abhisit was dissembling.