Fascism and political prisoners

5 06 2014

The military dictatorship is proving far more fascistic than even its royalist supporters hoped it would be.

So-called populist policies were previously denounced as spendthrift and corrupt and blocked by the anti-democrat street protests that shutdown government and by the courts and “independent agencies.” Now the dictatorship has unashamedly ripped these off from the previous elected government in a kind of “get-the-trains-running-on-time”  campaign.

“Be happy” campaigns that urge the population to forget the coup and its repression are not unlike German Nazi attempts to “manufacture unity and consensus” through “sights and sounds.”

Likewise, the “cult of tradition” requires the junta to emphasize the monarchy in propaganda and to police “tradition” with the expanded use of lese majeste.

National chauvinism is emphasized by the regime through its emphasis on monarchy and the “difference” that “defines” Thailand. Many of its ideologues are ultra-royalists and ultra-nationalists.

Law is determined by the dictatorship, their military courts and a compliant judiciary. International law, constitution and legal notions of fairness are jettisoned.

Censorship and the monitoring of the population is expanded to unprecedented levels.

Meanwhile, the dictatorship expands the number of people “called in,” detained and arrested and imprisoned for opposing the regime, its laws and its ideology. A recent example is its pursuit and arrest of Sombat Boonngamanong. Prachatai reports that Sombat was found using IP tracking by the shadowy National Intelligence Agency. Sombat is one of several hundred activists considered anti-coup, red shirt sympathizers or anti-monarchy who have been subject to actions that are meant to silence them.


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