Royalist politics demands the lese majeste weapon

8 12 2012

As the royalists continue their war of attrition against the Yingluck Shinawatra government, the calls for locking opponents up using the draconian lese majeste and related laws become louder. The centrality of these laws for the royalist elite is clear.

The Bangkok Post reports that royalists have rallied at Matichon’s offices alleging the newspaper insulted the king. At the same time, “the monarchy protection network yesterday called on the government to take legal action against red-shirt leaders and Pheu Thai MPs for allegedly offending the monarchy.” They accused “red-shirt leaders and Pheu Thai MPs of committing lese majeste offences. Among them were Apiwan Wiriyachai, Korkaew Pikulthong, Jatuporn Prompan, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and Giles Ungpakorn.”

In fact, most of these people already face one or more lese majeste charges.

The network “demanded the government speed up a probe … and take legal action against them within 30 days or face drastic action.” It warned that: “We will give the government 30 days. If there is no progress we will come back. And we have a knock-out punch…”.

The political use of lese majeste is both a threat to red shirts and a call to action on the part of royalists.



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