Squashing anti-monarchy sentiment

19 08 2020

As mentioned in an update to our previous post, we considered the “light touch” by the regime to be a ruse. And so it is.

The Bangkok Post reports that “[a]rrest warrants have been issued for six activists who took part in a demonstration at which students issued a 10-point call for reform of the monarchy last week…”. This refers to the rally at Thammasat.

It seems that the charges are not about the demands for the reform of the monarchy but “for breaching internal security and measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus as well as computer crimes.”

Police “explained”:

Pathum Thani police chief Pol Maj Gen Chayut Marayat said on Wednesday the Thanya Buri Court approved the arrest warrants on Friday after police had conducted an investigation following complaints registered at Klong Luang police station.

Pol Maj Gen Chayut did not give details on who filed the charges with the police. Other charges can be filed against them later if police have evidence….

In addition, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, who sent a video into the rally, is also causing the authorities worries:

The Ministry of Digital Economy will file a complaint against exiled academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun for creating a Facebook group deemed critical of the monarchy, ministry spokesman Putchapong Nodthaisong told Reuters. The group, called Royalist Marketplace, has more than one million members.

“We have filed a request to Facebook to delete the entire group, but the platform hasn’t been cooperative,” Mr Putchapong said. “So the ministry is now going to use the Computer Crime Act.”

Expect more as the regime seeks to squash anti-monarchy sentiment.


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