An illegitimate constitution

8 11 2017

In a nasty reminder that the 2017 constitution was born of the military junta and is its construction of the political and legal rules, Wichan Phuwihan was sentenced by the Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Court to six months in prison and a 30,000 baht fine for having “attempted to dissuade people from voting in the referendum on the junta-sponsored constitution.”

Because Wichan cooperated with court, police and prosecutors was during the trial, his sentence was reduced by one third and his jail term suspended for two years.

Wichan “was charged with violating the controversial Article 61 of the Referendum Act for shouting to passers-by at a market on 26 July 2016, telling them not to turn up for the public referendum on the 2017 Constitution.”

The Article essentially prevented anyone from campaigning against the junta’s draft constitution in the referendum. The junta and military controlled the referendum process in order to get a Yes vote, and thus claim legitimacy for its political rules.

Of course, the whole process was a farce and the constitution is illegitimate.


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