The military dictatorship I

12 02 2015

At Khaosod it is reported that: it the military dictatorship has “explained” its rule to military attaches based in Bangkok.

One of the things the military dictatorship “explained” is that it is not a military dictatorship. It told the military attaches that:

The NCPO doesn’t want you to use the word dictator, because, in all of our actions in the past, we allow members of the public to participate in the channels that we have set up for them. It’s not like we do things on our own or refuse to listen to anyone or behave like dictator – contrary to the attempt by some people to distort that fact.

We imagine that PPT is accused of “distorting” the “facts.” The problem is that the military dictatorship chooses which “facts” it accepts. That’s what dictatorships do. Claims that it “listens” are ludicrous as any reading of even the mainstream media reveals day after day.

As most dictatorships do, the military junta engages in Orwellian doublespeak, saying that its use of repression is “listening” to individuals “invited” to detention:

The NCPO respects and listens to constructive opinions. We have set up many channels to express opinions. The invitations were in fact about exchanging opinions with individuals, under our perspective that the situation in the country is still sensitive. Some parts of the country are not moving in the same direction. Our main objective is to prevent any expression that distorts facts or misleads the public with personal viewpoints, which may lead to conflicts in the society or hostile expressions that affect peace and order.

Peace and order means nothing more that knuckling under to the military junta’s dictates.

The military dictatorship’s Orwellian doublespeak is reflected in its defense of martial law:

There is still need for the martial law, because we need the military to assist the measures to maintain peace and order, and ensure public security.

Martial law suspends normal rights and freedoms. Martial law silences opposition. Martial law allows the military to repress, unhindered by law.

The military dictatorship resulted from yet another military coup, which have been regular events in Thailand’s history, and are always conservative rolling back of “threats” to the ruling elite and, during this reign, the monarchy’s central role in that elite.

The 2014 putsch, however, is described as “innovative” in that the junta claimed that “The Thai coup is different to what happened in other countries, so you should not consider it with an outdated perspective like in the past.”

Of course, it is nothing new, is similar to previous coups, and is a conservative restoration of the royalist elite’s position. The military dictatorship is run by political dinosaurs in the interests of a troglodyte political and economic elite.

This defense of the old elite inevitably leads to truly remarkable claims about the military dictatorship’s use of the lese majeste law to repress.

A spokesperson for Thailand’s military junta explained to a group of foreign dignitaries today that the Kingdom’s lese majeste law is needed to protect the “feelings” of the Thai people.

The spokesperson blathered that lese majeste violations “affect the hearts of many Thai people.”

More spectacularly, the spokesman “insisted that prosecuting lese majeste offenders does not constitute a violation of human rights.” Why?

They [alleged lese majeste violators] attempt to destroy the identity, tradition, and culture of Thailand…. Therefore, we have to give priority to solving these problems….

Security officers are not violating human rights, as it has been claimed. There are many suspects, especially those who have fled the country to live abroad, who are trying to distort information and paint it as a political persecution.

Do the top brass who run Thailand believe this nonsense? Do they think that the rest of Thailand and the world believes such dopey and dishonest claims? We are beginning to think that they do believe this.

Never has Thailand been under the control of such a stupid and ridiculous bunch.

 


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13 02 2015
The Dictator | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Just a day ago PPT posted on the military dictatorship objecting to being branded with this most appropriate of terms. Bizarrely, it says it is not a military dictatorship. A spokesman blabbered that the junta “doesn’t want you to use the word dictator…”. […]

13 02 2015
The Dictator | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Just a day ago PPT posted on the military dictatorship objecting to being branded with this most appropriate of terms. Bizarrely, it says it is not a military dictatorship. A spokesman blabbered that the junta “doesn’t want you to use the word dictator…”. […]

15 02 2015
Different | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Difference can be expressed in various ways. For Thailand, the military dictatorship has emphasized its “difference,” sometimes even claiming that it isn’t a dictatorship! […]

15 02 2015
Different | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Difference can be expressed in various ways. For Thailand, the military dictatorship has emphasized its “difference,” sometimes even claiming that it isn’t a dictatorship! […]




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