Plowing the taxpayer’s back II

29 11 2019

Just in case you missed it, a couple of days ago the Bangkok Post reported that t”he armed forces and the police are preparing a joint show of strength and security capabilities to mark the King’s coronation in Saraburi on Jan 18″ at the Royal Thai Cavalry Center.

Kind of normal you might think. After all, since the 1960s, the military has been putting on shows of support for the monarchy as the political aims of the two forces came together. But, this event is something different. It marks another step in the capitulation of the military (and police) to King Vajiralongkorn.

The reports states the “event includes parades and displays involving military hardware with 40 battalions of soldiers and police officers participating.”

A battalion can be 300 to 800 service personnel.

The capitulation ceremony will include “tanks and armoured vehicles, while a flypast of air force fighter jets will include F/16s, F/5s and Gripens.”