Royalist gone up in smoke

1 04 2018

Back in February, Greenpeace called on The Dictator, Gen  Prayuth Chan-ocha, “to tackle an air pollution ‘crisis’ in Bangkok, weeks after a pollution agency said the city’s air quality had hit dangerous levels.” He didn’t do anything but rain and wind “solved” his immediate problem.

Attention then moved to Chiang Mai, where the air quality is awful. As you’d expect, Chiang Mai’s governor Pavin Chamniprasart has sprung into action. Banning cars, banning burning, banning land clearing, closing polluting factories. Nope, none of that. According to Khaosod, Pavin has done precious little about pollution, but he has ordered minions to make a police complaint about this picture (from Khaosod):

The royalist governor has “filed complaints against a news website [City Life Chiang Mai] for using a parody image of the city’s founding kings in its campaign to fight smog.” As Khaosod explains, the image “shows the three kings purported to be founding fathers of Chiang Mai’s pre-modern city – Mengrai, Ramkamhaeng and Ngam Muang – wearing face masks under a hazy sky.”

Of course, ignoring the smog, Pavin reckons the website is guilty of computer crimes. We can only wonder if lese majeste will follow.

Perhaps kings and royals don’t suffer respiratory problems and can breathe tons of smoky and particulate-laden air, but images of mythical and/or real kings of centuries ago cannot be used to raise awareness of a major health issue.

Gov. Pavin reckons the artwork is nothing more than “mocking the three kings.” We think it is doing something quite different and no mocking is involved at all. Pavin’s either frightened someone might raise the lese majeste issue and he’ll be vulnerable or he’s a mad royalist who cannot comprehend the real world of health or art.

The artwork is said to come from a young schoolgirl.

Pavin seems to have no concern for the health of the people of Chiang Mai.

“On Sunday morning it ranked among the 12 most polluted cities in the world. Its Air Quality Index, or AQI, stood at 151, or ‘unhealthy’.” Pavin would rather chase the tails of mythical/dead kings and protect his own tail.


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