Murderous monarchists VI

27 01 2019

In a brave op-ed, Pravit Rojanaphruk at Khaosod comments on the bodies of “two Thais murdered and mutilated horrendously” to raise questions about “what kind of hatred, cruelty or inhumanity could be responsible.”

Many are asking this question, not least those in Laos and Cambodia who fear they are in serious danger from the murderous monarchists of the Thai state.

Pravit details the brutality:

The two [Chatchai Bubphawan (Phoo Chana) and Kraidej Luelert (Kasalong)], who fled to Laos after the 2014 coup, were bound, disemboweled and stuffed with concrete. Their bodies were wrapped in rice sacks, another layer of green fishnet and thrown into the Mekong River.

He asks: “Was it just sheer hatred and vengeance? Or were their executioners merely “professionals” carrying out an operation?” And, adds, was the “fact that at least two if not three bodies floated to the Thai side of the river … an unintended coincidence? Or was it a warning to the rest of the anti-monarchists who dare speak out?”

He answers: “I’m not alone in holding that the killings, which brought to five the number of identical disappearances since the coup, was about ‘making an example’.”

We at PPT agree and we are pretty sure that most can guess at the identity of the person most likely to be demanding such horrendous crimes.

Pravit observes that the “climate of fear is real.,” and, we would add, not just in Laos and Cambodia. The implied threat of murder for anti-monarchists is equally chilling for critics within Thailand.

As Pravit notes, torture and murder are celebrated by ultra-royalists.


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28 01 2019
All the king’s servants III | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Such expansion is not unrelated to the royal “missing”: a 1932 plaque, a 1932/33 memorial, anti-monarchists and the former public properties now privatized as the king’s. Likewise, these moves are related to the “fear,” growing from a secret prison, deaths in custody, huge use of lese majeste in personalized ways and the torture and murder of anti-monarchists. […]

28 01 2019
All the king’s servants III | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Such expansion is not unrelated to the royal “missing”: a 1932 plaque, a 1932/33 memorial, anti-monarchists and the former public properties now privatized as the king’s. Likewise, these moves are related to the “fear,” growing from a secret prison, deaths in custody, huge use of lese majeste in personalized ways and the torture and murder of anti-monarchists. […]




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