Absolutist infection

24 03 2021

When a regime feels in total control it leads to odd behavior that seems infectious of those at all levels of government. Falsehoods become normal because regime leaders and their minions feel the power of impunity. Arrogance breeds contempt and, in some cases, results in stupidity on a grand scale.

Think of the police bosses. In recent days they defended “harsh actions against protesters at Sanam Luang on Saturday night amid mounting criticism from activists and academics.” An unnamed deputy commissioner and spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Bureau essentially declared, “we did nothing wrong.” Indeed, despite evidence to the contrary, police “insisted …  that their … were in accordance with international standards.”

A couple of days later, after an uproar, the “national police commissioner, Pol.Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk, offered a public apology today (Monday) for the police’s rough handling of some of the anti-establishment protesters…”.

But the “apology” was weak and only referred to “some mistakes,” resulting from orders he personally gave. He promised an “investigation.” That is, he’s promising an investigation of his own actions and conducted by his subordinates. That’s buffalo manure.

We were perfect, we were wrong, but none of it matters as the police can do whatever they want.

Then there’s the acting chairperson of the completely discredited National Human Rights Commission who reckons that the further deferral of the agency’s application for re-accreditation with the United Nation to be something positive. Only a dope or a junta ideologue would consider Thailand’s 6-year long downgrade extending for another 18 months to be anything other than a slap to the regime’s face.

Then there’s Thailand’s unelected/selected prime minister. In being “relaxed” that constitutional change is off the agenda for a while, Gen Prayuth Cha-ocha. He’s quoted in a Bangkok Post story:

“If people are concerned that I will prolong my stay in power, they are free to proceed with charter amendments. They can choose between voting or not voting for me. I’m fine with it,” he said.

He seems to think that he’s an elected prime minister rather than a coup leader who seized power and then rigged a constitution and an election that he didn’t stand in. Delusional? Perhaps. Arrogant? For sure.


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