Don’t mock The Dictator. Despite being a tough guy who mocks others to his hearts content, commands troops that murder citizens, stomps on human rights and locks opponents up, General Prayuth Chan-ocha is thin-skinned, emotional and has yet has feelings (about himself).
Almost like a king, it is decreed that no one may mock the sensitive dictator. This seems like another case of lese dictateur.
A former city council member “was arrested last night for resharing a music video mocking Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on the LINE application with his friends and family.” Naturally, it did not help that Narong Roonthanawong represented the Puea Thai Party.
Remarkably, for sharing a song with family and friends, Narong finds himself “charged with violating article 14 of the Computer Crime Act” for spreading “false computer data into the system in a manner that is likely to cause damage to another person or the public.” Narong could face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht.
In The Dictator’s Thailand, he is protected as if he is a monarch. No joking, no puns, no mocking. Only enforced silence or North Korea-like adulation is permitted when it comes to The Dictator.
The music video “For our beloved uncle,” has been widely shared across the country.
Narong will be required to apologize and slither about for the great man’s pride to be satisfied and he could still go to jail to teach a lesson to all those who do not love the increasingly kingly Prayuth.