The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has demonstrated that it is not just a puppet outfit but also a junta tool. Of course, it is inhabited by military acolytes and anti-democrats, so this is no surprise. However, a recent story at the Bangkok Post reveals the deep relationship between the military and the CDC that could only be fully understood by those skilled in parasitology.
The CDC is about to go on the road to propagandize for the illegitimate charter which it drafted under the tutelage of the military dictatorship. The CDC will “work with the Interior Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Public Health Ministry and the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to create a nationwide network of volunteers to educate the public about the draft charter, with their operation covering the village, district, and provincial levels.” This is nationwide and deep propaganda designed to push Thailand further down the authoritarian road.
Military puppet Meechai Ruchupan, who was responsible for ensuring that all military directives on the charter were met, is asking the junta for “protection during a campaign to educate the public about the draft constitution…”. In fact, there is no “education” involved. This is simple and simplistic propaganda for anti-democracy and the extension of military dictatorship.
Despite the reality that Thailand is a military and police state, with the whole of the huge bureaucracy also under military control and at its beck and call, the aged Meechai expresses concerns about “security.” He wants more “protection.”
In fact, what he fears is, in his and the Post’s words, the “risk of disruption if political parties do not play by the rules and lack political principles…”.
Principles? Really? Like the principles of the military that repeatedly throws out elected governments and willingly murders citizens considered opponents? Those kinds of “principles”? Or the principles of those who jump into bed with each and every military regime over the past four decades? Those “principles.” Seriously, Meechai cannot even comprehend the word and its meaning.
Meechai whines “about the potential risk of disruptions by opponents resorting to ‘dirty tricks’.”
This is patently ludicrous. No one needs to use “dirty tricks” on this draft charter. The dolts serving with Meechai have recorded such an anti-democratic and regressive document that merely reading out bits of it are sufficient to condemn it and damn those who transcribed the junta’s desires into a draft constitution. Truth about the charter is all that is necessary to condemn it.
The CDC is not only propagandizing for the junta but has “set up a team to monitor social media” that will hunt down and report those it considers a threat by providing “inaccurate information” and engaging in “dirty tricks” that will cause “misunderstanding.” The aged praetorian prefect declared “[s]ome misinformation has been spread by academics…”. We assume he’s ratting on Nitirat, a group that actually produced a thoughtful and accurate critique of the military’s draft charter.
The ancient man of the military also expressed concerns about the legislation to prevent criticism of the DOA charter. Once the bill becomes law, the CDC is going to seek to strengthen it. Ten years in jail seems insufficient to this lot who fear “any disruptions.”
These are fascists working for a fascist military dictatorship.