Updated: Harassment in top gear

21 05 2018

In moves that suggest the junta is somewhat more crazed than ever, its claims about the pro-democracy groups about to rally tomorrow have become increasingly bizarre and threatening.

For one thing, Thai media have indicated that the police have warned that armed red shirts have infiltrated the protesters.This is meant to be scary and to suggest to a broader population that democracy demonstrators are threatening and dangerous. In fact, it is the junta and its thugs who are known to be dangerous to civilians.

Police and military, sometimes in company size deployments, are “visiting” people they think might participate in the rally and threatening them and their families and friends.

Here’s a list of stories to look at for more information:

Prachatai: Quick update on intimidation of “We Want to Vote” movement

Bangkok Post: Protesters vow rally for election at Government House

The Nation: Police revoke okay for overnight stay prior to Tuesday democracy protest; Security agencies set up checkpoints in provinces ahead of Bangkok rally; Up to 1,000 expected to join pro-election rally

Khaosod: Thammasat Closes Site of Anti-Junta Rally to ‘Remove Pests’ (a sad tale from a once proud university); Protesters Enter Thammasat Day Before Rally to Govt House

We should add that Khaosod says it is live blogging from the rally. The latest news is that police have occupied the University and that there’s heavy rain.

Update: Khaosod reports Sunai Phasuk of Human Rights Watch as observing of the rally and massive effort by the authorities to prevent it. He said the “handling of today’s rally does not bode well for democracy in the kingdom.” He’s quoted: “There is no open space. How can Thailand have a free and fair elections?…. We can’t trust any promise made by Prayuth.”



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