Making the king’s image

16 11 2018

The Bike for Mom and Bike for Dad events were junta-supported image-making efforts for King Vajiralongkorn. Both were associated with quite negative outcomes, including an alleged assassination plot and two deaths in custody. Yet the palace propagandists and the king seem to think that the image-making trumped those nasty outcomes.

So it is that Khaosod reports that the king is “set to lead thousands of cyclists in an epic bike ride across town again in December.” Apparently seeking to further obliterate the 85th anniversary of Thailand’s first “permanent” constitution, the king’s men have chosen the day before as a monarchical spectacular “River of Rattanakosin.”

Billed as “a sequel” to 2015’s Bike for Dad event, this bike ride is to begin at the much-expanded Royal Plaza “accompanied by his daughters, princesses Bajrakitiyabha and Sirivannavari.” The junta has been tasked with ensuring that some 40,000 cyclists “join the convoy on the 21-kilometer route to Lat Pho Park…” and back.

The monarchy image-making is intense and bears many of the hallmarks of that conducted under the previous king that eventually aimed at portraying him as a “demi-god.”


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22 11 2018
King Power and the king | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the king of the country is preparing for his next propaganda/image-building outing. The palace propaganda machine has now decided that the event can be for hundreds of thousands. […]

22 11 2018
King Power and the king | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the king of the country is preparing for his next propaganda/image-building outing. The palace propaganda machine has now decided that the event can be for hundreds of thousands. […]