US Ambassador Glyn Davies is still relatively new in Thailand and on Wednesday gave his first talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.
The military dictatorship and rabid royalists will be unhappy. Expect to see the madder ones protest because Davies expressed concern about “the lengthy and unprecedented prison sentences handed down by Thai military courts against civilians for violating the lese majeste law…”.
He added that “[n]o one should be jailed for peacefully expressing their opinion…”.
Of course, Davies also went the royal ritual route and “stressed the deep respect and admiration the US held for the monarch.” PPT is not sure who he means, but we guess this remains the State Department line.
Davies stated: “We believe no one should be jailed for peacefully expressing their views and we strongly support the ability of individuals and independent organisations to research and to report on important issues without fear of retaliation…”.
Concern is not a huge deal; after all, a U.N. spokesperson recently said it was “appalled” by the huge sentences being handed out for lese majeste.
Davies also “reiterated the US call for a return to democracy in Thailand,” but left that up to “Thais” to sort out.
Military and royalist dolts will respond angrily and talk about interference in domestic affairs and “Thai culture” being “different” and justifying military dictatorship and feudal laws.