Updated: Challenging the junta

15 08 2014

Yesterday, The Nation carried a report that indicated some dissatisfaction with The Leader. The report refers to General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s speech to introduce and promote the National Reform Committee.

After stating that Prayuth “criticised, complained, at times ordered – as well as poked fun – at the audience” and “appeared like a teacher delivering a speech to a group of submissive students who hid what they truly thought,” the question asked is: can Prayuth “really keep the council under his control.”

It refers to the comments by Veera Musigapong, a United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) leader, who expressed views about being pressured to be in attendance. The report suggests that Veeras’ comments “reflected the general atmosphere of the event.” In other words, there was widespread grumbling.

Veera added: “…I cannot answer on behalf of the UDD. In my personal opinion, the UDD is still alive. You’ll have to wait and see in which future direction the UDD will move…”. The Nation report claims that Veera’s “remark seemed to contradict the seemingly ‘calm’ situation. The dormant conflict might erupt again in this unpredictable political situation.”

While the report then urged Prayuth and the military dictatorship be careful and remain in control, the idea of continuing opposition is revealing in amongst all the pro-junta propaganda.

This discontent has become more significant today as the Bangkok Post reports that “[h]undreds of anti-military leaflets were strewn in front of the army’s headquarters in Bangkok at 4.20am on Friday.”

The “leaflets contained several versions of text in bold type condemning and mocking the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and its chief, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as the military and police.” They included the word “Serithai” and were strewn “on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue — from the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy intersection to the Makkawan Rangsan Bridge.”

Panicked, the military dictators closed the road to allow a clean-up.

Similar leaflets were earlier distributed  in Nonthaburi.

A gaggle of military propagandists claimed that this would not be allowed to happen again and a “close watch” would be kept on dissidents. Apparently, “distributing fliers attacking other people was not an acceptable method of expressing dissent and should be avoided.” Of course, the only “people” attacked were those making up the military dictatorship.

We would hope that what is normally considered reasonable dissent is expanded and destabilizes the fascist regime.

Update: Khaosod reports:

The flyers criticise Thailand’s military junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) with brief phrases like, “Evil Coup,” “NCPO: National Council for Promotion Of Evil,” and “The cross-eyed is mad on power,” which is a reference to NCPO leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is said to be cross-eyed.




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