Flustered and desperate I

12 03 2019

The military junta is officially flustered and desperate, seemingly recognizing that the pro-military parties are – despite years of its efforts and poll rigging – not likely to do quite as well as the junta had planned in the upcoming election.

The desperation is palpable and seen in efforts by the junta to tangle opponents in legal cases. But with the Democrat Party “withdrawing” support for Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, the junta and its Palang Pracharath Party is looking isolated and electorally rancid (we have more of the Democrat Party in an upcoming post).

The surprise package has been Future Forward, which is polling well and drawing very large campaign crowds. This makes them a target for the junta.

Prachatai reports that the latest of several cases the junta has brought against Future Forward is a complaint to the police’s Technology Crime Suppression Division against the party’s website administrator and others for contempt of court. The complaint was lodged by the junta’s legal officer, Col Burin Thongprapai.

The complaint refers to a press conference following the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party on 7 March where party Secretary-General Piyabutr Saengkanokkul read the Party’s statement on the Constitutional Court’s ruling. Earlier it remained unclear exactly what the junta’s complaint was.

The details are at Prachatai, but it remains crystal clear that the junta is panicked.


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16 03 2019
Cynical recycling | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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16 03 2019
Cynical recycling | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] desperate to gain the electoral traction it has been lacking, Palang Pracharath has released a range of so-called populist policies, apparently hurriedly […]

26 03 2019
Election malfeasance | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] was that the election could never be free or fair. We had also warned that the junta had become flustered and desperate when it became clear that its devil party was not going to easily sweep Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha back […]

26 03 2019
Election malfeasance | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] was that the election could never be free or fair. We had also warned that the junta had become flustered and desperate when it became clear that its devil party was not going to easily sweep Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha back […]

2 04 2019
Using “loyalty” against Future Forward | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] no doubt recall that, prior to the junta’s “election,” there were a blizzard of complaints to the Election Commission regarding the Future Forward Party. The allegations included claims that […]

2 04 2019
Using “loyalty” against Future Forward | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] no doubt recall that, prior to the junta’s “election,” there were a blizzard of complaints to the Election Commission regarding the Future Forward Party. The allegations included claims that […]