How long?

9 01 2015

How long does it take to erase the most popular political party and break the spirit of its supporters? At MCOT.net we have an answer. It cites “[k]ey figures in the [puppet] National Reform Council (NRC) [saying they] expect to complete national reconciliation and national reform in no more than four years.”

We don’t know when the royalist-military puppets begin their count, but “NRC Chairman Thienchay Kiranandana, Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Borwornsak Uwanno and Political Reform Committee Chairman Sombat Thamrongthanyawong held a press conference on the formation of a 20-member reconciliation-planning committee” to say four years. With the coup and so on one, that’s probably five years.

That might sound like a lot of time to re-educate, lock up, repress and re-program, but earlier the military was talking 12 years. If PPT was composed of punters, we’d still be betting on 12 years….

The panel on “reconciliation is to be comprised of representative puppets of the NRC, giving themselves a decent tenure, “conflict resolution experts and people affected by political conflicts.” It is to be headed by Anek Laothamatas, former communist, former party leader for hire, former academic and former pontificate on things political. With so many formers, he probably needs a new gig.

Is this a truth commission? It seems not, because truth wouldn’t be good for the murderous military. In any case, the report states that the panel/committee will “campaign for public understanding on the causes and impacts of conflicts, create atmosphere and participation that will facilitate reconciliation, prevent the repetition of conflicts and reduce prejudices among groups of people.”

Funny, we thought that the military dictatorship was already doing that and that everyone was required to be happy.

Borwornsak reckons “reconciliation, reform to reduce inequality and solutions to political problems were the three main objectives of the new constitution,” but he’s shown precious little attention to any of them, now or at any other time in his privileged existence. And he reckons four years is quick: “The process must be short and fast…”.

But, no “immediate amnesty.”

No doubt The Dictator is polishing his premier’s padded seat in preparation for the next four or so years.


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9 02 2017
“Reconciliation” by military committee | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] determined royalist, one of the grand old men who has served both post coup governments since 2006. Anek has hawked himself to the regime for some time. General Boonsang is, well, a general. The Nation doesn’t say it, […]

9 02 2017
“Reconciliation” by military committee | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] determined royalist, one of the grand old men who has served both post coup governments since 2006. Anek has hawked himself to the regime for some time. General Boonsang is, well, a general. The Nation doesn’t say it, […]




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