Dead on arrival was how PPT described the draft constitution a couple of days ago. Yet the military junta seems to think the dead may rise and walk among us. And they seem to think that the way to do that is to prevent too much criticism.
Defense Minister and powerbroker General Prawit Wongsuwan, reported at the Bangkok Post has “urged charter critics to stop using provocative words to stir conflicts over the draft constitution, as it is not finalised.” He said the junta “did not ban criticism of the draft constitution, but critics should be aware of their words instead of branding a form of dictatorship…”. The idea seems to be to call a spade an implement for preparing the ground for beautiful flowers rather than a spade.
The same point is made is a report at Khaosod. Junta spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said discussion of the draft charter must be “respectful.”
Bursting into lies, he stated that the junta “never prohibits criticism or expression of opinion,” while warning that “expression of opinion by certain groups and individuals contains unnaturally strong language and manner, which does not appear to be constructive.” Colonel Winthai claimed that some critics “seem to be intent on inciting hatred or conflict, which will damage the ongoing decent atmosphere…”.
We think the military dictatorship is still undecided on how to deal with the stillborn charter. But we don’t doubt they are scheming away.