Beware the unhappy dictator

21 02 2015

The Dictator’s weekly television program is called “Returning Happiness to the People.” While some of the anti-democrats, senior bureaucrats, the military brass and the palace seem happy enough, we see little happiness for those who want electoral democracy.

When anyone displays any political unhappiness, General Prayuth Chan-ocha displays his considerable unhappiness, usually by haranguing the nation, arresting opponents and sending out troops in displays of political oppression.Prayuth gunning for democracy

Yet it seems that The Dictator has something else up his sleeve. The Bangkok Post reports that: the self-appointed prime minister “has threatened to invoke a ‘special power’ to deal with those who start conflicts or violence…”. He claims to have “intelligence information that anti-government groups are preparing some type of disruption.”

The Dictator says he “has obtained information that some groups have been critical and are voicing negative public views against the government as well as preparing to use violence to stir up the political situation.”

Certainly there have been critics, but these have mainly been university students. Most other potential critics have been cowed.

PPT has no idea what any of this could mean. Military “intelligence” has generally been awful in Thailand. More often than not it is simply ideological concoction. What “special power” Prayuth has is anyone’s guess. He already has most of the guns, he has martial law, he’s using lese majeste with gay abandon, he has puppet assemblies, he’s purged the civil service and police and he has dictatorial power. What else could he do?

Watch this space for the ill-tempered dictator will come up with some repressive surprise like mass arrests or the closure of universities.

 


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22 02 2015
Junta is illegitimate | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT is late posting this, and we thank a reader for sending it on.It is clear and concise. We earlier referred to primitive accumulation in describing the actions of the state and military under the dictatorship as it clears out opposition to the control of wealth in Thailand. Perhaps it is this kind of opposition that makes The Dictator angry?: […]

22 02 2015
Junta is illegitimate | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PPT is late posting this, and we thank a reader for sending it on.It is clear and concise. We earlier referred to primitive accumulation in describing the actions of the state and military under the dictatorship as it clears out opposition to the control of wealth in Thailand. Perhaps it is this kind of opposition that makes The Dictator angry?: […]




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