Updated: Bizarre, madder, darker

29 03 2016

Prachatai states that the sedition law goes like this:

Article 116 of the Criminal Code states that whoever makes apparent to the public by words, writing or any other means anything which is not an act within the purpose of the constitution or which is not the expression of an honest opinion or criticism (a) in order to bring about a change in the laws or the government by the use of coercion or violence, (b) in order to raise confusion or disaffection amongst the people to the point of causing unrest in the kingdom, or (c) have people violate the law, shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding seven years.

It seems the military thugs believe that a woman’s social media posting of a “picture of a red bowl with the signature of the controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on it” and pictures of Yingluck and Thaksin Shinwatra constitutes sedition.

The message with the post stated: “Happy 2016 Songkran Day, this Songkran, I especially miss all my brothers and sisters very much and want to help you solve problems, but before that I would like to send encouragement, love and thoughts.” [Update: Should have noted that this was the message on the bowl, from Thaksin.]

An Army thug-officer told the woman, said to be a red shirt, who posted this innocuous stuff that the “posting … of the bowl is a threat to national security…”.

Yes, this is serious, not an early April Fool’s joke. The fools are real and wear uniforms.

It is going to get more bizarre, madder and darker in Thailand.


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31 03 2016
Media targeted | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] to the seemingly ridiculous case of a woman accused of sedition over a red bowl featuring Thaksin Shinawatra, the junta first decided to declare such bowls illegal. That is both […]

31 03 2016
Media targeted | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to the seemingly ridiculous case of a woman accused of sedition over a red bowl featuring Thaksin Shinawatra, the junta first decided to declare such bowls illegal. That is both […]