Nahathai Tanya

NahathaiPol Col Nahathai Tanya is a policewoman who is also an Associate Professor the Social Science Faculty of the Royal Police Cadet Academy.

Ultra-royalists and their media activated a campaign attacking  Nahathai, accusing her of posting lese majeste content on a Facebook under the name “Doungchampa Spencer Isenberg.”

This witch hunt began some time ago, and Nahatai was listed on the junta’s  Order No. 49 and summoned to report to the military dictatorship in early June 2014. She was reportedly detained for seven days and then released.

Lese majeste vigilantes began a campaign against her.

Prachatai reports that “several royalist Facebook pages and royalist media Chaopraya News revealed her personal information and bullied Nahatai and called for the authorities to prosecute her.” Apparently with no evidence to reveal, these lese majeste fanatics have “accused the police lecturer of using [the] Doungchampa Facebook to post lese majeste contents.”

The royalist vigilantes called for the authorities to fire her from civil servant post and prosecute her. No public evidence for the link between Nahathai and the Facebook page seems to have been provided.

Following this royalist pressure, Pol Lt Gen Sakda Techakriangkrai, the Royal Police Cadet Academy commissioner revealed that Nahathai was suspended from her teaching position but stated that “Nahathai never show inappropriate behaviours while she was teaching at the police academy.”

Meanwhile, the Doungchampa Facebook page has denied the link.

 

This case suggests that the very dangerous turn taken by letting the lese majeste dogs out is having serious and negative impacts for those caught up by royalist vigilantism and for Thai society more broadly.

Media accounts of Nahathai’s case:

Prachatai, 16 January 2015: “Thai police confirm lèse majesté charge against policewoman