Politicizing police

8 03 2019

Many readers will think that the police in Thailand have long been politicized. For example, the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime repeatedly claimed the police were pro-red shirt and pro-Thaksin Shinawatra. Indeed, many red shirts believed that many police were on their side.

Following the 2014 military coup, the junta determined that the senior ranks of the police had to be purged of anyone considered pro-Thaksin. It does appear that the purge has been successful, with the police leadership now aligned with the rightist, royalist junta.

This politicization may assist in explaining why it is that anti-junta activist  Akechai Hongkangwarn can be assaulted half a dozen times, mostly in broad daylight and, on 5 March, in the grounds of a hospital.

Akechai was attacked by two men, one who wielded a piece of wood, bashing him about the head and body.

He was attending a hearing with the Medical Council of Thailand against Dr. Rienthong Nan-nah, based on a complaint he made. An earlier debate between the two is available here.

The two assailants rode a bike without a registration plate when they attacked Akechai at Phra Nang Klao Hospital at about 4 pm.

Police seem uninterested. No progress has been made in any of the assault and criminal damage cases against Akechai. Many observers would guess that this means that the assailants are in the pay of state agencies.

That the police make politicized decisions about who “deserves” access to legal processes means that undoing the junta’s purges, if that ever becomes possible, is going to take many years.


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1 04 2019
Attacking the EC’s critics | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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1 04 2019
Attacking the EC’s critics | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] times and once before attackers tried to burn his car. One of the most recent attacks was reported here. In that assault, police seemed uninterested. Indeed, no progress has ever been made in any of the […]