Lese majeste in the news

24 10 2014

As PPT has been pointing out, the royalist military dictatorship is demonstrating its “loyalty” through repressing political opponents and dampening dissent through its vigorous use of the draconian lese majeste law.

In this short post we want to point out two reports that also reflect on the increased lese majeste repression.

The first is at Siam Voices. We begin by disagreeing that it is only under the junta that things are “more strict” on lese majeste. In fact, the refusal of bail and even in-camera courts have been seen in the recent past. That said, we do agree that “complaints have been politically motivated, either to attack a political opponent or because an individual is perceived as a threat to Thai ultra-conservatism…”. We also agree that “[t]hings have gotten considerably worse since the coup in May 2014…”.112

The second is at Global Voices. It states that pizza can get you arrested!

If you are in Thailand and you suddenly crave pizza, it is highly likely that you will be referred to The Pizza Company, the largest pizza fast food chain in the country. And when you dial the company hotline “1112”, be aware that there are some activists in Thailand who use the word pizza to refer to the notorious Article 112 of the criminal code.

Sandwiches, books, silence and now pizza delivery can get you in trouble in royalist Thailand.


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24 10 2014
A lawless regime and its repression | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] we posted on lese majeste repression. Yet there is a much broader repression that is […]

25 10 2014
A lawless regime and its repression | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] we posted on lese majeste repression. Yet there is a much broader repression that is […]




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