Monarchy and conflict I

31 07 2020

Maybe PPT hasn’t been following social media closely enough, but we were surprised by a report that “Facebook has admitted to an error in its automatic translation, from English to Thai, and has offered a profound apology to the Thai people.” As the error is not detailed, we can only assume that it involved the monarchy.

Meanwhile in “protecting the monarchy” a bunch of mostly aged “protesters” have rallied against student activists. Khaosod reports:

The rally, billed as a “show of solidarity,” was organized by a group calling themselves “Polytechnic Students for the Nation.” It was the first counter-protest ever since rallies against PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s leadership sprang up across the country two weeks ago [not quite correct. There was another held last week outside Army HQ].

“We, the Polytechnic for the Nation, are loyal to the nation, religion, and the monarchy, which are the important backbone of the constitutional monarchy regime,” Tossapol Manunrat, the group’s leader, said. “We’re not against the protests, but they must not do anything that crosses the line, which can lead to violence.”

“We will take action by giving the right information about the monarchy and expose the real agenda of those who use the youths for their anti-monarchy ends,” he continued.

As in the past, such tepid beginnings are usually only the first sparks in a broader mobilization of the right that usually involves ISOC manipulation. Watch the rightist space.


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2 08 2020
Facebook and the censors | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] A couple of days ago we mentioned a report that “Facebook has admitted to an error in its automatic translation, from English to Thai, and has offered a profound apology to the Thai people.” As the error was not detailed, we assumed it involved the monarchy. […]

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