We have long referred to Thailand’s military as a thuggish gang. One recent story we simply didn’t get to was of Naritsarawan Kaewnopparat, who was arrested for “defaming the army through her Facebook writings. She accused the military of protecting ‘certain peoples’ in the army who were responsible for the violent murder of her uncle, Wichian Puaksom, who died in the army camp in June 2011.”
The torture and violence used against its own mark the military out as a Mafia gang, enforcing loyalty, hierarchy and paternalism.
Fortunately, at The Diplomat, Pavin Chachavalpongpun has written about Naritsarawan’s case and the way the military uses outdated laws and a compliant judiciary to repress negative commentary.
Read the article and weep for a Thailand that is in the hands of a ferocious and rapacious gang of thugs.