Emergency decree, “election” anniversary

24 03 2020

The regime has now enacted “an emergency decree, along with a raft of new restrictive measures, will come into effect on Thursday” to deal with the coronavirus.

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha “said the enactment of the 2005 Royal Decree of Emergency Situations” which gives the him “the sole authority in implementing policies designed to combat the pandemic through the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation…”.

Long-time readers will recall the use of this Centre being used against red shirts and the use of emergency decrees in the recent past by the junta.

The “decree empowers authorities to impose curfews, ban travels, and close down buildings without warrants…. Security officers will also have the power to censor and shut down media if deemed necessary.”

Sound familiar?

Interestingly, today is the first anniversary of the rigged election. The Bangkok Post remembered and made some salient points, referring to a “dysfunctional democracy.” It isn’t a democracy, but whatever it is, it is dysfunctional. The editorial is right to observe that the “return to democracy” has “yet to materialise.”

It adds that the “credibility and legitimacy of key independent public organisations” has to be re-established “along with rewriting the charter and election laws.” It notes that the puppet Election Commission’s “handling of the polls largely tainted the legitimacy of the process…”.

In addition, “many … question the impartiality of both the EC and the Constitutional Court.”

Then there’s the puppet National Anti-Corruption Corruption “whose dismissal of cases against certain members of the military regime has made it a laughing stock…”.

We’ve been making similar points for years and up until today.


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4 04 2020
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