Did the military work against Yingluck?

9 06 2014

A reader asked us a question based on a report PPT missed in the Bangkok Post. Did the military work against Yingluck Shinawatra when she led her elected government?

Our immediate answer was: Of course it did. Junta boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha campaigned against pro-Thaksin Shinawatra parties and red shirts for several years.  Just prior to the 2011 election he grabbed television time on a national feed to tell voters that they should vote for the royalist Democrat Party. It makes sense, then, that the military brass would be constantly scheming and plotting to bring down the government the Army boss hated. Think of all that coup talk and then the support to Suthep Thaugsuban’s anti-democrats.

Yet the report our reader noted says more. It begins:

Junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is ramping up public relations efforts, establishing an “information operations” (IO) task force to shore up the military’s image and counter criticism…”.

Yes, the military needs lots of good PR and to plant and create news that makes it look other than a thuggish and repressive regime that has ground into the dirt by the military boot.

The story then notes that this PR campaign “has secured cooperation from the mainstream media in putting across its message,” it is going to focus on social media. The social media campaign is to be largely “covert.” Yes, that is the word used in the report. It continues:

The covert operations, according to the source, will involve ways to prevent the spread of false information. “The information campaign was introduced about two years ago and has largely involved counter-intelligence operations in that time,” the source said. “

… According to the source, Gen Prayuth has had personal intelligence and information operation teams working for some time, but has decided to set up a formal task force after seizing power on May 22.

 Counter-intelligence is defined as:

information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or persons or international terrorist activities….

This really does seem like the Army boss, now dictator, was conducting operations against the elected government and its supporters, considering them terrorists.

That fits neatly with Prayuth’s description of them in 2010 and his belief that there have been anti-monarchy campaigns that threaten the royalist state. We may assume that his Army has worked to destabilize the elected government.


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23 06 2014
Siamese twins | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Readers might say that none of this is surprising and that it has long been clear that Prayuth is doing the work of the anti-democrats and those of the royalist elite who backed it. We said it a couple of weeks ago: […]

23 06 2014
Siamese twins | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Readers might say that none of this is surprising and that it has long been clear that Prayuth is doing the work of the anti-democrats and those of the royalist elite who backed it. We said it a couple of weeks ago: […]




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