Updated: The junta celebrates the coup

22 05 2015

How does a military dictatorship “celebrate” a coup? The answer seems that it celebrates the way it began, by arresting and threatening those it sees as opponents.

Prachatai reports that:

military officers arrested anti-junta activists on their way to file a criminal charge against the Thai junta leader [General Prayuth Chan-ocha, The Dictator] for staging coup d’état against the 2007 constitution during the first 2014 coup anniversary.

According to Resistant Citizen, an anti-junta activist group, the police and military officers in uniform and plainclothes on Friday at around 3 pm, arrested Sirawit Serithiwat, a student activist from Thammasat University, Pansak Srithep, a pro-democracy activist and the father of a boy killed by the military during the 2010 political violence, and Wannakiet Chusuwan, a pro-democracy activist and taxi driver, key members of Resistant Citizen, at Lat Phrao Bangkok’s Metro Station.

It seems they were able to submit their complaint and then taken to the police station. They were released without charge.

In another report, Prachatai tells us that “police have detained about 20 activists after they gathered and about to commemorate the first anniversary of the coup.” The report continues:

The first arrest occurred about 6pm after a group of students gathered at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC), Siam Square. As about a hundred of police officers and about 20 plainclothes officers deployed the area, the students sat peacefully for a few minutes before the police arrested them.

Two of the seven students detained are Natchacha Kongudom, a transgender student activist, arrested before for flashing three-fingered salute, an anti-coup symbol, and Rangsiman Rome, a student activist from Thammasat University.

They were taken to Pathumwan Police Station. The gathering at the BACC ended when large group of protesterd arrested.

On Friday morning, seven students from Dao Din group, based at Khon Kaen University in the North East, have been detained.

That’s how military dictatorships do it.

Update: Looking at several reports it looks like almost 50 people, mostly students, have been arrested or detained for protesting military rule.



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