Updated: Attacking the EC’s critics I

1 04 2019

Several groups of activists protesting the Election Commission’s mishandling of the junta’s “election” hit the streets and headlines over the weekend.

This cause (still) prime minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha to support the EC and demand that protesters stand down. He said the EC had “already given explanations. It’s their job. Please listen to them…. Please don’t cause more disorder…”.

On the weekend, at one of the stands collecting signatures to impeach the EC, anti-coup activists, including Akechai Hongkangwarn and Anurak Jeantawanich, found themselves surrounded by some 100 security personnel “deployed to maintain order.” While the activists claimed to have police permission, they “were … obstructed by police and their equipment was seized.”

As if on cue, after they left their small event, both Akechai and Anurak came under attack. Anurak was attacked and assaulted at this home in Samut Prakarn province after returning from the protest. He suffered cuts to his arm.

At Akechai’s house, his car was torched. Of course, Akechai has been attacked quite a number of 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 assaults and criminal damage perpetrated against Akechai.

Many observers would guess that this means that the assailants are in the pay of state agencies. We would guess that both Akechai and Anurak are being targeted by state agents. It seems it is they who are responsible for the “disorder” mentioned by The Dictator.

Update: It should not be at all surprising that a hastily convened “civil society” group has appeared at the EC to mimic The Dictator and “support” the hapless election agency. This is almost standard anti-democrat, military and junta procedure.


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