Earning his stripes

13 01 2019

As the delayed “election” gets more criticism and bewilderment grows over the motivations for the delay, the military junta is engaging in very heavy censorship of the internet.

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Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has a reputation as a thug when it comes to political protest. He was pretty keen to gun down red shirts in 2010. At present, he is one of the most powerful members of the top echelon in Thailand. As well as being Army boss, he’s the king’s man and he’s secretary for the junta.

When he speaks, he’s usually threatening someone. Thai PBS reports that the general has warned those calling for an election to be held as soon as possible.

We assume he’s miffed and considers this call as critical of both his bosses in the palace and the junta.

He’s accused democracy campaigners of being hirelings and brainwashed:

“They are being told to think this way, ordered to behave this way – thinking in one single mode without taking into consideration other factors which are reasonable and without looking at the Constitution,” said the army chief.

He admitted that he is at a loss as how to reason with these activists whom he accused of having the tendency to cause disturbances.

He admitted he has no clue when the “election” will take place and preferred to put emphasis on the real cause of this delay: his palace boss’s coronation. He essentially accused the protesters and activists of being anti-monarchists:

… these people have never given a thought about it and, as I said, they are told to do this way and think this way and they cannot be changed.

And he issued another veiled threat:

In his capacity as the secretary-general of the National Council for Peace and Order, General Apirat said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had ordered all military units responsible for maintaining order during the election and the coronation ceremony to make preparations and to test their readiness to cope with the two events of national importance.

He means that the military is ready to suppress and harass.


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