Less than a week ago PPT posted on anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban calling a very public press conference to trumpet his support for the military dictatorship’s democracy crippling draft constitution. Good enough he declared! Support it he demanded!
In reaction, red shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan declared that he would also call a news conference. Jatuporn stated: “I will exercise the same rights as Suthep…. I hope we will be treated in the same way that Suthep was.” The junta had granted permission for Suthep’s grandstanding.
What was the junta’s response? Double standards of course.
The junta’s mouthpiece Colonel Winthai Suwaree said his bosses had “decided not to allow the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to exchange views with the media on the charter draft.” He added:
We have to stick to the existing guideline [of banning] any activity that may potentially cause confusion, adversely affect unity, peace and order, or can possibly impede us from following the roadmap….
Suthep is not restricted but red shirts are. Suthep is a supporter. Red shirts are accused of “smearing the NCPO or influencing people to have a negative view about us by using incomplete facts. Such behaviours were the factors of our consideration…”. It seems only critical voices are to be silenced. Anyone who wants to lick the military’s boots can line up to speak.