The Dictator and royal bootlicker General Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared the Bike for Dad event a “great success , in correspondence with the aspirations of … Crown Prince … Vajiralongkorn…”.
The usual claims of huge support are made:
The actual number of people taking part has not been released, but 703,792 cyclists were officially registered nationwide, including 99,999 in Bangkok.
No one will ever know the truth because palace and royalist propaganda demands that there must have been huge support for every royal event.
But what are the numbers on this great “success”?
A Public Health Ministry report obtained by the Bangkok Post showed that one person died and 528 accidents were recorded during the event. A student was killed and 20 others injured when a truck carrying students and teachers who had taken part in the event was struck by a pickup in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday night.
Bangkok led in accidents with 177 cases, followed by Chon Buri and Khon Kaen with 20 each, Samut Prakan (19) and Chai Nat (15)….
When we add that death and remarkable number of accidents to the related deaths in custody and associated lese majeste arrests, “assassination plot” arrests and those who have fled, and celebrating “dad” seems to have quite a body count.