Readers will recall that a couple of days ago the anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban called a press conference to announce his support for the military junta’s draft constitution. The intention was to have his rabid anti-democrat supporters sign up for the flawed charter.
When he went public, we suggested that the junta might have chastise him for this as he didn’t have their permission for this public statement of support for the constitution when the junta had been campaigning against political voice on the charter.
The reaction of the red shirts was of interest. Khaosod reports that red shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan has declared that “he will hold his news conference on Sunday in response to one staged by … Suthep…”. Jatuporn stated: “I will exercise the same rights as Suthep…. I hope we will be treated in the same way that Suthep was.”
The report reveals that the junta granted permission for Suthep’s news conference. It remains to be seen if the red shirts will gain permission.
Yes, it is bizarre that anyone should have to have the dictatorship’s permission for a media event, but this is Thailand under the military boot.