Junta repression deepens III

18 08 2017

In an earlier report at the Bangkok Post, Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan claimed:

Just over 1,000 people are expected to turn up at the Supreme Court next Friday to lend moral support to embattled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra as she hears the court’s ruling in the rice-pledging case…”.

No doubt he reckons all of the repression and suppression that the military regime has engaged in will deter many of those who would have shown up. Threats, armed military patrols in villages and towns considered “red,” and charges against van drivers have all been a part of the efforts to repress.

A later report at the newspaper is saying that more than “2,500 police will be sent to the Supreme Court where crowds of Yingluck Shinawatra supporters are expected to lend her moral support next Friday…”.

The Army will also provide “security,” meaning that there could be more than 3,000 officers to “manage” the just over 1,000 people Prawit reckons will show up – three officers to each Yingluck supporter.

This is probably another attempt to dissuade her supporters showing up through the threat of heavy suppression.

But it seems the police didn’t read Prawit’s statement and they think more Yingluck supporters will show up. The police will set up “choke points,” to check each person who attends and will keep them behind barriers, threatening them with charges if they go beyond these.