Further updated: Lese majeste extremism

23 04 2014

As Thailand’s Consul-General in Sydney slammed the International Conference on Thai Studies for its panel on succession, news of an apparent lese majeste assassination became available.

The consul-general stated: “The Thai monarchy will remain a unifying pillar … No matter what you may believe…”.

Meanwhile, as extremism has expanded in Thailand, a devastating report has been attributed to AP, sent to us by a reader:

Police in Thailand’s capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead.

Police Col. Thanawat Watthanakul says Kamol Duangphasuk was shot by unidentified gunmen Wednesday in a restaurant parking lot in northern Bangkok. The victim, a poet also known as Mainueng Kor Khuntee, was a member of the Red Shirt political movement….

While there was no immediate indication of who committed the slaying, Mainueng was known as an active opponent of Thailand’s lese majeste law, which carries severe punishment against anyone who defames or insults the country’s monarchy. A vigilante group recently threatened to hunt down people perceived as opposing the monarchy.

The coincidence of this reported assassination and the unleashing of lese majeste extremists is telling.

Update 1: Posted by Ji Ungpakorn:

Royalist Scum Are Responsible For The Brutal Murder of Mai-Nueng Goontee

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

“Mai-Nueng Goontee” or Kamol Duangpasuk was a radical Red Shirt poet. Today he was gunned down in cold blood by assassins as he left a Bangkok restaurant.

Mai-Nueng opposed the military coup in 2006 and had been active in the pro-democracy Red Shirt movement ever since. Unlike the Pua Thai government and the mainstream UDD leadership of the Red Shirts, he also took a principled stand against the draconian lèse-majesté law. Lèse-majesté has been used by the military and the conservatives to imprison and exile many pro-democracy activists. Mai-Nueng was also a tireless campaigner for the release of Thailand’s political prisoners. His poems were hard-hitting and upset the establishment.

In recent days right-wing royalist extremists had set up what they called the “Rubbish Collection Organisation” to deal with people who oppose the royalists, the military and the conservative ruling elites. They are responsible for their first death. They have blood on their hands.

Others with blood on their hands include all those who have systematically supported the destruction of democracy and supported the use of lèse-majesté. This includes the military, the judiciary, the establishment politicians, the right-wing academics and the yellow shirted NGO leaders.

This is a grim day for Thai democracy. While the fanatics hunt down people who dare to criticise the elites, accusing them of lèse-majesté, those who commit violence on the streets against pro-democracy activists continue to enjoy impunity.

Update 2: An obituary for Kamol Duangphasuk is available in English.

 


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23 04 2014
Lese majeste and vigilantism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Saksith Saiyasombuthas a useful and chilling blog post on this topic, spanning the vigilantes of the extreme right and the two most recent lese majeste cases against Wuthipong Kachathamakul or Ko Tee and Rose Amornpat, to the vicious assassination of anti-lese majeste activist Kamol Duangphasuk or Maineung K. Kunthee. […]

23 04 2014
Lese majeste and vigilantism | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Saksith Saiyasombuthas a useful and chilling blog post on this topic, spanning the vigilantes of the extreme right and the two most recent lese majeste cases against Wuthipong Kachathamakul or Ko Tee and Rose Amornpat, to the vicious assassination of anti-lese majeste activist Kamol Duangphasuk or Maineung K. Kunthee. […]

24 04 2014
Impunity and violence | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] State violence is made more likely because of impunity, and we can mention state violence against protesters in Bangkok in 2010, 1992, 1976 and 1973 and add to the sorry list the cases of state murders at Kru Se, Tak Bai and in the so-called War on Drugs in the fourteen short years of this century as examples. The assassination of political opponents has been unfortunately common, highlighted by the recent murder of anti-lese majeste activist Kamol Duangphasuk. […]

24 04 2014
Impunity and violence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] State violence is made more likely because of impunity, and we can mention state violence against protesters in Bangkok in 2010, 1992, 1976 and 1973 and add to the sorry list the cases of state murders at Kru Se, Tak Bai and in the so-called War on Drugs in the fourteen short years of this century as examples. The assassination of political opponents has been unfortunately common, highlighted by the recent murder of anti-lese majeste activist Kamol Duangphasuk. […]




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