The Dictator as mad as hell

30 01 2015

General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been getting madder and madder in recent days (we leave it to readers to determine the definition of those words).

The Americans are considered detestable for saying things the military dictatorship doesn’t want to hear – that word “democracy” – and for snubbing The Dictator himself. Prayuth has shown that he’d rather curl up with other dictators in North Korea or the Chinese party bosses and have his stomach rubbed.

Prayuth doesn’t like the negative reaction to the show trial of Yingluck Shinawatra.

As The Dictator, he has been easily angered by the media, by academics, by students, by politicians, by anyone saying anything about the monarchy that isn’t laudatory, by democracy activists, by farmers getting a raw deal, by foreign foundations, by Facebook posts. In fact, just about everything makes him grumpy and vindictive.

Prachatai reports that The Dictator has now “threatened to step-up the use of martial law, warning that people who still engage in anti-junta activities, especially the media and the anti-establishment red shirts, will be be detained and barred from making financial transactions.”

In other words, The Dictator is promising to be more dictatorial.

The report notes that the military is already harassing several Puea Thai politicians, being summoned for what would be, in any relatively normal society, pretty innocuous statements and sentiments. Even commenting that a junta policy might need some tweaking gets you a lashing from the boys in green.

Prayuth has also stated “that anti-coup, especially the red shirts, and the press who expressed ‘inappropriate’ opinion will be sent to the so-called ‘attitude adjustment’ camp or detained in the military detention.” In other words, a purge and re-education camps. Further,

… they will be prohibited to go out of the country. Their financial records will be investigated and [they will be] barred from making any transaction. In the past, the the implementation of the martial law is always relaxed. From now on, it will be step up in accordance with the political situation.

The media is also threatened: “Next time, you all will meet the same faith [fate] if you ask too many uncreative questions. I want to ask what do you get out from speaking against the [junta’s] power. Even we the have the full control now you still challenge it?”

Throwing journalists in jail for asking pretty easy questions is demonstrating the junta’s capacity to make things far, far worse in Thailand.


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