Prayuth and the foreigners

5 07 2014

Readers must be bored with our posting on the military junta’s double standards, but here we go again.

Standard 1: The massive exodus of Cambodian workers from Thailand after the military dictatorship seized power was initially said by the junta to be  just a misunderstanding or that the Cambodians were going home to plant rice. Very quickly, though, it became clear that not only was the crackdown on migrant workers a junta order, but that it was also in line with The Dictator’s view of foreigners as a major security threat for Thailand. Now there is more evidence that General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s personal views of the foreign threat drive junta policy.

The Irrawaddy reports that since the coup, the regime has “stepped up restrictions on the movement of more than 120,000 Burmese refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burma border.” Leaders at the Mae La refugee camp, said restrictions “banned [them] from leaving the camp to seek jobs.” In addition, “[r]efugees are banned from leaving their homes from 6 pm to 6 am…”.

This is a major crackdown, for while some of the restrictions have been on the books for years, they have not been enforced. Those in the camps also say that the military is seeking out those without UN documents with the aim of removing them. The pattern in these moves is Prayuth’s opinions.

What The Dictator wants, The Dictator gets.Fascist hug

Standard 2: But not all foreigners are equal.Prayuth does appear enamored of the ferocious and authoritarian Myanmar military.

We guess that fascists flock together as they have long done.

When Prayuth greeted Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing with a bear hug, he was delighted when the leader of a military that was condemned by almost every country in the world “praised Thailand’s ruling junta, saying it was right to seize power…”.

We imagine that an invitation is being sent to the North Korean military to see if one of them can make a quick visit to Bangkok to praise the dictatorship.Prem and fascist friend

The other former dictator the Myanmar general loves is the interfering old man General and palace posterior polisher Prem Tinsulanonda. Prem reportedly “had close ties with Min Aung Hlaing’s father when Prem was the Thai Army commander in the late 1970s.” The Nation reports that when Min Aung Hlaing met Prem in 2012 he asked the old soldier “to adopt him…”. Prem loves him so much that he “gave him gifts that included a portrait of HM the King with Privy Council members.” It must be a bit like a Munsters family portrait.

The Myanmar general babbled about the sufficiency economy and how the 1988 uprising in Myanmar was a threat. We guess he means to the military dictatorship that ruled Myanmar for more than 40 years.

The current Thai military brass must draw tremendous inspiration from that fascist regime.

When military dictators stroke each other like this and throw monarchy into the mix, it is evident how much fascist dolts need each other.

Hitler and mussoliniIt seems like there’s been a large flock of fascists canoodling in Bangkok conjuring images of the 1930s in Europe when fascists were admired and visits between them were seen as important for challenging ideas about democracy that they considered daft and dangerous.rama-7_hitler

Some foreigners are good – when they are supportive. Others are a threat when they are poor and dispossessed.

If they are advocating ideas like electoral democracy then they are “dangerous” and despised.


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29 12 2015
The Koh Tao “conspirator” revealed | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] hear the question, “So what?” After all, isn’t Gen Min Aung Hlaing a buddy of General Prayuth Chan-ocha? Isn’t that the two of them embracing in the photo, just a couple of months after […]

29 12 2015
The Koh Tao “conspirator” revealed | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] hear the question, “So what?” After all, isn’t Gen Min Aung Hlaing a buddy of General Prayuth Chan-ocha? Isn’t that the two of them embracing in the photo, just a couple of months after […]

18 02 2018
Updated: An authoritarian royal embrace | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] is also close to privy council head General Prem Tinsulanonda and thus has that palace connection that links military and monarchy. When asked of his status as […]

18 02 2018
Updated: An authoritarian royal embrace | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] is also close to privy council head General Prem Tinsulanonda and thus has that palace connection that links military and monarchy. When asked of his status as […]




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