General fear

22 06 2015

We have been remiss in not posting about the fear that continues to haunt Thailand’s ruling military dictatorship. They are powerful, have most of the guns, control the state apparatus and have considerable control over the media, yet they fear opposition.

As the anniversary of the 1932 Revolution approaches, the dictatorship is twitchy.

There are several reasons for this. First, the events of 1932 embarrass the military junta and its royalist and anti-democratic supporters for they are evidence of different views on politics and monarchy. Much of the work of the military, at least since 1957, has been about erasing the ideals of the original People’s Party.

Second, the military fears oppositional political organizing. It represses academics, farmers, students and any other groups they feel might incite activism.

Third, stories of internal discord within the military have spooked the dictatorship. Recent reports about the source of the rumors seem highly unlikely.

The link between this fear and 1932 is shown in a report at The Nation. Prime Minister’s Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana considers the anniversary of 1932 an opportunity for “anti-government groups” and warns them to behave themselves.

Because “Thailand is currently being governed under special circumstances,” only “constructive activities” are to be allowed.

Suwaphan considered “speculation about a looming counter-coup” to be “attempts to cause a rift between the government and the National Council for Peace and Order…”.

Put together, and the military dictatorship displays the fear that drives its repression of opposition.


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23 06 2015
Solidarity | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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23 06 2015
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[…] to grab the seven Dao Din students. The students are apparently planning to report to the police tomorrow. They have been provided support and solidarity by the Resistant Citizen group […]

25 06 2015
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[…] PPT has earlier posted that stories of internal discord within the military had spooked the dictatorship although we noted that some reports about the source of the rumors seemed highly unlikely. The super sleuths in the corrupt police force, who seem unable to “solve” few real crimes, always seem to have a media presentation in political cases that almost invariably turn out to be false accusations or are stories that quickly disappear. And so they have in this case. […]

25 06 2015
Coup rumors and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT has earlier posted that stories of internal discord within the military had spooked the dictatorship although we noted that some reports about the source of the rumors seemed highly unlikely. The super sleuths in the corrupt police force, who seem unable to “solve” few real crimes, always seem to have a media presentation in political cases that almost invariably turn out to be false accusations or are stories that quickly disappear. And so they have in this case. […]

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[…] that long ago PPT posted on the fear that underpins the rule of generals. This fear has been demonstrated again, when The Dictator recently visited Chiang Mai with members […]

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[…] that long ago PPT posted on the fear that underpins the rule of generals. This fear has been demonstrated again, when The Dictator recently visited Chiang Mai with members […]

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Fear the people III | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT posted a lot on the fear the military junta feels (for example here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Interestingly, the junta now confirms its fear of the people if they are […]




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