Protecting itself

17 04 2018

The military dictatorship has been consistent in protecting itself and its bosses, almost as assiduously as it does the monarchy.

As “more than a hundred people have been charged in the past two months for exercising their right to freedom of expression by calling for an election to be held this year after almost four years of coup-installed rule,” and it proceeds to drag them before the courts, the Bangkok Post reports that “two political activists were detained briefly by the police Monday for announcing their intention to carry out a symbolic gesture of protest at the residence of Deputy Prime Minister [Gen] Prawit Wongsuwon.”

Akechai Hongkangwarn and Chokchai Phaiboonratchata were briefly abducted “from a house on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 109 in Bang Kapi district at about 5.45am” after the former “posted earlier on Sunday on his Facebook account his intention to travel to Gen Prawit’s residence on Soi Lat Phrao 71 Monday, as a Thai New Year bathing rite was held.”

Akechai has repeatedly protested and lampooned Prawit’s luxury watch problem.