As readers will know, new French Ambassador, keen on expanding trade with the world’s only military dictatorship, has stated that the junta is “moderate.”
Gilles Garachon might say that the Thai military regime did not murder the students going to look at military corruption park, but they did employ extreme measures to prevent a few students, several old women and various others from visiting Rajabhakti Park.
This included the mobilization of rightists and royalists in Hua Hin to oppose the students and supporters.
Gilles, do you remember 1973-76 when the military mobilized rightists and royalists and massacred students?
British Ambassador Mark Kent seemed far more enlightened than his French salesman/ambassador counterpart. Kent observes the regime’s double standards.
The Army chief “has issued a stern warning against any politically-motivated gatherings at Rajabhakti Park…”.
This does not include the political mobilization of troops to cover up military corruption or the mobilization of royalists and rightists. These are the double standards of a military that has previously engaged in murderous acts against citizens.
A force of soldiers and police intercepted the student-led group at a railway station in Ratchaburi province, and arrested at least “36 activists, including 16 women…”. They were detained and taken to a military base and cajoled and threatened. Parents of the students were also called and threatened. Threats and cajoling count as “an official warning.” Jail awaits and perhaps worse.
Some students initially refused to sign an “agreement” with the dictatorship.
The military regime has now ordered corruption park closed for “maintenance.”
Some ask when is General Udomdej Sitrbutr, the author of the park and its corruption, going to go to accept responsibility? Military bosses never want to lose face for fear that the whole gang of thugs will be thrown into hierarchical disarray. But officers close to him have been arrested or have fled. His days remain numbered.
If the regime itself is threatened, expect the usual response of repression. If that doesn’t work, expect military violence.