Further updated: Faking it

24 08 2014

Several reports in various media refer to 26 persons in Khon Kaen, arrested and held in detention since 23 May, being indicted by a military court “on charges including weapon possession and conspiring to commit terrorism.”

PPT has long expressed reservations about this military dictatorship claim that there was a “Khon Kaen plot” or a “Khon Kaen model.” We have seen too many false “plots” concocted by the military and other elements of the royalist elite for political advantage. Others have expressed skepticism about the “plot” in Khon Kaen.

The lawyer for the Khon Kaen 26 stated that those indicted include two women and 24 men, aged 40 to 72 years. They are “farmers, a bank security guard, a school director and business owners.” Some were red shirts but some were not.

The junta claims they arrested them with “guns, hand grenades, knives – things you’re not allowed to have without permission,” and they are said to have been planning a “large-scale attack in Khon Kaen, one of the largest northeastern cities.” There haven’t been many large-scale attacks in Thailand using knives, at least not since the early 19th century, if we take knives to mean swords.

The report claims that unnamed “[e]xperts say there are armed elements on both sides of Thailand’s bitter political divide.” We understand that the military is well-armed and that it has gunned downed scores of its political opponents, but there has been no particularly reliable or convincing evidence produced of red shirt “armed elements.”  If there were, we doubt they’d be old people with weapons that include knives.

PPT has seen to much military fakery over too long a period to believe the lame tales it repeatedly concocts. Its tales are for its true believers and we doubt that the Khon Kaen 26 were “men in black” plotting insurrection.

The only groups that repeatedly plan insurrection in Thailand are military personnel and its top brass, and this is especially clear when the current military brass led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha is considered. They have plotted, planned and murdered opponents since 2001. The result is the 2006 and 2014 putsches, the military dictatorship and thousands of their opponents dead and injured.

Update 1: The Bangkok Post has an excellent and detailed article on the so-called Khon Kaen model, also asking serious questions.

Update 2: Fixed a typo in the third paragraph.


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