Illegal detentions and republicanism

14 12 2018

Khaosod reports that “[a]t least four people are being held incommunicado by the military on suspicion of belonging to an underground republican movement…”.

Prachatai reports that those arrested include Mrs. Laddawan Chewasut (age 62) and Mr. Suthawat Chewasut (age 31), the wife and son of Mr. Chucheap Chewasut or ‘Uncle Sanamluang’, the underground radio broadcaster who currently is living in exile.”

It seems that people believed to be from the military have interrogated at least a dozen people in recent days.

Khaosod states that the “soldiers who arrested the four reportedly told their families they would be taken to the 11th Infantry Regiment headquarters in Bangkok, but army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said he was as yet unaware of the matter.”

The Organization for a Thai Federation has reportedly uploaded a video condemning the arrests.

That Organization is reportedly run by a group of exiled activists in Laos. It’s difficult to gauge how much support it has, though its prolific and often very long online videos/broadcasts can have tens of thousands of views. As well as republican positions, the broadcasts often feature an array of rumors circulating in Thailand.

On YouTube there are several broadcasts under the banner of Organization for Thai Federation and Sanamluang20082008. Clicking the links opens sites probably banned in Thailand.

Followers of Uncle Sanam Luang have been associated with republican/separatist black T-shirts with a red and white flag emblem.


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