Lese majeste hatred

7 01 2015

We thought it bile and embarrassment that saw the military dictatorship ticked off by New Zealand’s apparent granting of asylum to Ekaphop Luera, a victim of the draconian lese majeste law. We also thought that the junta’s barking at New Zealand was probably due to the fact that that country is small and not considered particularly important for the military’s Thailand.

At Khaosod it is reported that there is also a deep hatred at work. The military junta “has asked New Zealand authorities to confirm whether a 23-year-old Thai charged with lese majeste has been granted asylum there.” The military dictatorship is unable to accept that some people have different thoughts, and so are angrily seeking to track down these free thinkers, wherever they are. In the best traditions of Thailand’s military fascists, this junta hates those who think differently.

The puppet Ministry of Foreign (Royal) Affairs “expressed its deep concern over the matter to the New Zealand representatives,” claiming that by announcing his asylum, “Ekapop is using his status granted by the New Zealand government to engage in political matters that affect the national security of Thailand…”. Only the dumbest of officials could make such a claim, but it reflects the deep hatred harbored.

The Ministry threatened New Zealand: “This matter is not a good thing for Thai – New Zealand relations…”, and demanded that “New Zealand officials to consider appropriate measures to put an end to Ekapop’s activities that violate the Thai laws.”

More hatred is demonstrated in an op-ed at the Bangkok Post where Veera Prateepchaikul confuses bile and “journalism.”

Veera tells us that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was asleep, and only roused by the rants from the military junta. He asserts that “the ministry really means business and cannot accept the ‘provocative’ conduct of [Ekaphop] and the insensitive way the Kiwi government has been dealing with the problem.”

In fact, the New Zealand government appears to have been operating with the view that residents are entitled to free speech. In fact, New Zealand advertises itself in ways that must be galling to Thailand’s dictators.

Apparently Veera is full of hatred that allows him to speak for both the Thai government and all Thai people and demands that New Zealand”restrain him [Ekaphop] from going public in a way which is deemed provocative by many Thais.” Lock him up perhaps? Say for 15-20 years, as is common on lese majeste charges?

That Ekaphop posted “a photo on his Facebook page of him holding his new passport – with an accompanying caption saying he is now living in New Zealand” is interpreted by royalist Veera as a taunt. Veera demands that Ekaphop live “a quiet, peaceful life in New Zealand” but that if he is “provocative” and is “hounded by the those loyal to the royal institution,” then there is also reason to believe that he’s a “puppet for someone pulling the strings from above.”

It is at this point that Veera lets his bile flow, speculating:

He is protected and financed by someone rich and powerful.  Otherwise, howe could an unemployed former student enjoy life in Phuket with his girlfriend, posting photos on Facebook as he did while still in Thailand about a year ago?  And hoow could he obtain a New Zealand passport without someone’s muscle behind him?

I am not sure if the New Zealand government can legally stop Tang from going public with his provocative acts. But his master can order him to shut up and take a low profile.

Allowing this foul-mouthed missile free rein, or playing him up for whatever the motive is, is unwise. It will backfire and provoke the sentiments of the royalists.

The spelling errors are in the original. Veera is essentially making stuff up, when he is not plagiarizing royalist/yellow-shirt social media.

That it is the royalists who have free rein, who are puppets of the military, and who work in the interests of the big boss in the palace is missed. That the royalists create this situation themselves is overlooked. That the military dictatorship is locking up people for minor comments as if they were serious crimes is forgotten.

Who pulls Veera’s strings? The answer is probably no one. He’s full of hatred and bottle-fed royalist nonsense and bile so he doesn’t need a master.


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20 01 2015
Lese majeste and foreign policy | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] we have posted previously, angry royalists and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, directed to action by The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, have been in a frenzy over the […]

20 01 2015
Lese majeste and foreign policy | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] we have posted previously, angry royalists and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, directed to action by The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, have been in a frenzy over the […]




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