Updated: Another activist assaulted

3 06 2019

Matichon reports that political activist Sirawit Serithiwat was assaulted on the evening of 2 June. He is said to have sustained minor injuries to his head and face, consistent with being beaten up. It is reported that he was attacked by a group of about five men at a bus stop.

After the assault (clipped from Matichon)

There’s a pattern emerging. Under the junta, police and military were used to intimidate, detain, arrest and charge political activists. In recent months, more or less coinciding with the junta’s need to allow political activity prior to the election, the pattern appears to have shifted to violent attacks. These are never seriously investigated by police, suggesting the involvement of the authorities in the attacks.

Add this to the murder and/or enforced disappearance of activists in neighboring countries, and the political landscape is looking increasingly dark.

As an aside, as the death of Gen Prem Tinsulanonda has had us looking back at the 1980s, it is noticeable that similar means of intimidation were used back then. We noted reports of with several activists being murdered or disappeared as well as assaults of others. In most cases, none of these attacks were seriously investigated.

Update: The Bangkok Post has reported this assault. Sirawith is reported to be asking “police to file attempted murder charges against the people who attacked him.” He added, “I will not forgive them…. I never thought they could be so cruel.”

Anti-junta politicians including “Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai and Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroonruangkit posted messages on social media condemning the attack…”.

Phumtham observed: “This country is difficult to live in…”. Anti-democrats and yellow shirts will be cheering and hoping they leave the country. Those on the right seem to enjoy watching the military repress, assault and murder. They cheer it.


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