Updated: On stealing the election I

3 04 2019

A couple of hours ago social media lit up after Future Forward’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been summoned by  the junta to answer a charge of sedition.

Having got the military ducks into line – an ugly rant by Gen Apirat Kongsompong – the junta has lost no time in seeking to smash Future Forward and destroy Thanathorn.

This is all as brazen as can be. The junta is stealing the election. And this is the election that it rigged and then cheated.

When the puppet Election Commission finally releases the results, we get the feeling that it will count for nought. The result won’t matter. The final counts won’t matter. Nothing will have changed very much at all.

Can they get away with it?

Thanathorn at least hopes that they won’t be able to erase him and his party.

He’s been ordered “to report to Pathumwan police station at 10am on Saturday.”

Tellingly, the complaint against him is from Col Burin Thongprapai, who works on legal matters for the junta.

That is outrageous enough, but several reports say that Thanathorn is charged with sedition but that no instance of the alleged “sedition” is mentioned in the summons. Presumably the junta is still concocting that.

Thanathorn wrote on Facebook:

It is clear that an old-fashioned political game not only refuses to stop after the election but also intensifies, because they are afraid of Future Forward and the unexpected victory of so many people….

He said he “believed millions of people would support him and would not bow to the ‘dark power’ that wanted to destroy his party.”

Update: The junta has now said that Thanathorn is summonsed for alleged sedition for events on on 24 June 2015. He’s seemingly accused of helping a few protesters escape arrest. Like most people, we don’t understand how this constitutes sedition. But we do understand how it is that the junta and its thugs have suddenly decided to use these allegations against Thanathorn. Obviously they want rid of him and his party.


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