Rose on royalist fascists

10 10 2015

The following is an edited version of a post received from Chatwadee Rose Amornpat:

Thailand’s notorious anti-democratic Rubbish Collection Organization was formed to hunt down those it considered disloyal to the monarchy.

The word “rubbish” here does not have the conventional meaning. It means anyone who disagrees with the monarchy and its associated arms and supporters.

RoseThe Rubbish Collection Organization (RCO) is expanding its targets. It is now hunting down opponents of the current military regime as well as those who oppose the royals and its monarchy. Countless number of democracy activists are now in jail throughout the country. It seeks to have political opponents jailed.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha often states that he has a “roadmap” to follow and that he will execute it step by step. One of the steps in his roadmap is to eradicate former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s remnants, which is code for all opponents.

To serve Prayuth’s goals, the RCO comes in handy. Thai authorities, acting on complaints from the RCO, have persuaded Facebook to close down Thai access to so many popular FB pages during the past years. For example, the popular “Suda Rangkupan” FB pages have been periodically shut down during the past months. Dr. Suda was the former professor of Linguistics at Chulalongkorn University who was forced to resign due to her democracy activism. She was asked to report to the military junta for their so-called “attitude adjustment.” She refused and chose to flee the country.

Another professor, Dr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun, an associate professor at Kyoto University was summoned to report to the coup maker of May 22, 2014, at the urging of RCO.

The RCO came into being in April 2014, at the height of political chaos created by opponents of the democratically elected Pheu Thai government. The order to create the RCO is said to have come from General Surayud Chulanont, who headed one of the military-backed government in the wake of the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra. Surayud is now the No. 2 man at the Privy Council after Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda, which advises the ailing king.

Despite state blockages, Thais have continued to seek some information from the outside world, causing headaches for the monarchy and their network of royalists and elites. At the early stage of the internet in Thailand, those in power were not prepared for the impact of the free flow of information. Royalists underestimated the impact and influence of the medium.

The military junta has tried to control and block access to information. Thousands of websites, blogs and Facebook pages have been blocked by authorities.

With the country awaiting the death of the king and the passage of the throne to his son Vajiralongkorn, the military government has created one of the world’s tightest restrictive nets on the Internet. An unknown number of bloggers have been arrested on lèse majesté charges and the Computer Crimes Act.

Further, through the help of businessmen both in Thailand and the US, authorities reportedly ordered elaborate blocking and monitoring equipment from US companies, possibly illegal under US laws that specify that equipment will not be put in the hands of countries to be used to obstruct freedom of speech and expression.

It appears that the Thai government also broke a good-faith agreement with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for sophisticated internet monitoring devices to be furnished to the Thai police to combat the flow of illegal drugs and narcotics. Instead, the equipment appears to have been used later in detecting IP addresses of those who may post “unfriendly” and/or unflattering comments about the royal family.

It was also reported that Thailand will implement a “Single Gateway” system for all the internet information to pass through, a system of tightest control and censorship which is similar to that of China and North Korea.

Because of the free flow of information and a real threat to the monarchy, General Suarayud asked his associate and retired major-general from the Thai Army, Rientong Nan-nah, to form the RCO, which gets its funding from royalists and the Army to hunt down people who it thinks are violating the lèse majesté law in the cyber world and to root out those who criticize members of the royal family.

Rientong Nan-nah and the RCO are the Thailand’s brown shirts.

To all the peace-loving people and nations of the world including the United States, the UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all the democratic countries, please help the Thai people resist this oppression and oppose Rientong and his fascist organization.



More on Pravit I

16 09 2015

The Bangkok Post has a different take on Pravit Rojanaphruk’s departure from The Nation.

It states that it was not “audience” that demanded the departure of Pravit from The Nation but pressure from royalists in the newspaper and its business group. The report states that Pravit “quit the newspaper after being heavily criticised by a group of staff members led by well-known TV host Kanok Ratwongsakul who works for the same firm.”

Rightist and royalist Kanok is reported as stating that “there was a movement by a large group of staff members at his company calling on management to distinguish between Pravit’s personal opinions stated in his personal capacity on social media and his professional opinions.”

In the worst fascist tradition, writing on Facebook, Kanok demanded censorship:

“Why does the company have to always protect him in the name of media freedom?” Kanok wrote on Facebook. Kanok described Pravit as a person with cynical views whom the majority of the people at The Nation could not agree with.

“Why hasn’t The Nation tried to stop him [Pravit] as he has always expressed his opinions in a way that insulted the consensus on issues among the majority of people in society, especially when he made opinions critical of the monarchy?” Kanok added.

“I wonder if the scope of media freedom is that broad?” he wrote.

Fascists in Thailand are always prepared to use the name of the monarchy when attacking those they view as opponents.

Of course, it is Kanok who mixes his “journalism” with his rightist political views on a regular basis. His call for censorship of alternative views is indicative of the cynicism and intolerance of Thailand’s royalist fascists that has so often led to military-instigated massacres of those they cannot tolerate.

The Post publishes a picture of Kanok embracing royalism and fascism with anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban, clipped below.

Royalist fascism

Clipped from the Bangkok Post

Royal propaganda and lese majeste

20 06 2015

The propaganda associated with promoting the monarchy and royalist ideology is intimately related to the lese majeste law. This may seem obvious to many, for one of the points of lese majeste is to prevent any questioning of the propaganda. At the same time, those who wield this blunt instrument attempt to separate the monarchy from the law, as in the specious reference to the king’s speech on lese majeste that was, in fact, an attack on Thaksin Shinawatra.

Three recent reports at Khaosod illustrate this important intertwining of propaganda and lese majeste.

The first may seem relatively innocuous in the pattern of royalist propaganda and repression. It is a story about Prince Vajiralongkorn and a cycle ride to “honor” his aged and infirm mother, Queen Sirikit.

Titled “Bike for Mom 2015,” the event is said to have been “conceived” by the prince for his mother. If she gets there, she will be 83 on 12 August. It is announced that the prince “will lead [the] mass bicycling event.

This is surely propaganda, for the event was announced by the military dictatorship. More than this, the cycling event is from the so-called “Royal Plaza to the 11th Infantry Division headquarters in northern Bangkok on 16 August.” That military base has been politically significant in recent years as a center of the Army’s planned attacks on red shirts.

It is also a part of well-established palace propaganda that has designated Thailand’s Mother’s Day to be the queen’s birthday, as Father’s Day is the king’s birthday. These designations are attempts to establish a paternalistic hierarchy that is critical to royalist domination.

The military dictatorship builds on this, basing its propaganda and rule on hierarchy, paternalism and royalism. Its announcement brings all this together, claiming that this event will “reinforce unity” and states it is an “open opportunity for all groups of people across the country to join the event to express their loyalty to the monarchy, express their love for their mothers and the Mother of the Land…”. the statement says, using a common epithet to refer to Queen Sirikit.

The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced the prince’s involvement, saying that the prince “has … ordered officials to take care of the participants’ safety. The important thing [for him] is that the people are happy.” We are not sure which laws give the prince the power to give orders to officials. Prayuth also reveals that the military dictatorship receives constant messages from the palace as a matter of course. In other places, such actions by a constitutional monarchy cause problems. But, then, Thailand’s constitutional monarchy has been transformed over many years into something that is highly politicized.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej

In a second report, Khaosod tells us that The Dictator considers “Thainess” and being “Thai” to be associated with uncritical support for the monarchy.

Prayuth was commenting on the constant efforts to extradite those accused of lese majeste who have fled the dictatorship and threatened incarceration in Thailand. Of course, if any returned, they would be convicted. Indeed, in recent days, as in the 30 or so lese majeste cases initiated through Prince Vajiralongkorn, all victims have been forced to plead guilty and their “trials” have been perfunctory.

Prayuth states that Ekaphop Luera, now living in New Zealand, is no longer ‘Thai.” He declared: “Since he fled this country to another, it shows that he is no longer a Thai person and he cannot stay in Thailand…”.

This links directly to the prince’s cycle event in the sense that Ekaphop is defined as being outside the norm of royalist Thailand that makes the monarchy central to any definition of “Thainess.” Hence, Prayuth considers it his “duty” to jail those who reject the royalist norms: “We are not neglecting this duty. We simply cannot neglect it. The Ministry of Justice is working on it, the Royal Thai Police are working on it [extradition]…”.

The third story at Khaosod links notions of duty and lese majeste to the enforcement of hierarchy and authoritarianism through lese majeste repression. Prayuth, is described as “a hardline royalist,” and the report reminds us that he has declared that “defending His Majesty’s authority” is a top priority for his military junta.

He has received a communication from a “group of ultra-royalists in northern Thailand” who have declared their gratitude to The Dictator for “defending” the monarchy through “his strict enforcement of the country’s lese majeste law.”

These royal fascists have a “local association called People Who Love the King, [and] submitted the group’s thank-you letter through Phrae province’s governor…”. They assert that they “are impressed by Gen. Prayuth’s ‘dedication’ to enforcing Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Codes, a law known as lese majeste that criminalizes insulting the king, queen, heir-apparent, and regent with up to 15 years in prison.”

The fascists believe that, “In the past, officials responsible for law enforcement have neglected their duties, and there were many serious insults and accusations against the monarchy, both in open and secretive ways…”. They believe that this led to more attacks on the monarchy because “there was no fear of committing the crime…”.

Such a claim makes a nonsense of the history of lese majeste, but the point is that these ultra-conservatives appreciate Prayuth’s efforts to roll back electoral politics and reinforce royalist hierarchies. They prefer the old order and many laud a military dictatorship as a faux absolute monarchy. Royal and palace propaganda and the extreme implementation of the feudal lese majeste law are essential for the maintenance of the social, economic and political rule of the royalist elite.

Eliminating human garbage

5 05 2015

Some time ago PPT posted on a group of fascists bent on cleaning Thailand of persons they deemed insufficiently royalist. The leader of these royalist fascists named his group the Rubbish Collection Organisation.

It seems that The Dictator and many of his cabal have sipped from the same fascist cup.

Matichon reports – only in Thai – that at a recent event, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s self-appointed prime minister, has babbled not just about the “hard work” his junta has been doing, but took the opportunity to lash out at elected politicians by seeming to criticize Abhisit Vejjajiva. Abhisit had made comments about both draft constitution and Prayuth’s regime, suggesting the potential for failure. (By “failure” Abhisit seemed to refer to the possibility that Thaksin and the “Thaksin regime” would not be fully eliminated.)

While PPT has no time for the reprehensible Abhisit, Prayuth’s comments reflect a deep hatred of elections and elected persons and deserve scrutiny. Prayuth made some very 1960s comments about the need for all the people and the administrators to join hands in moving the country forward.

He added:  “เราต้องช่วยกันลดความขัดแย้งทั้งปวง ทำอย่างไรให้ลดขยะเคลื่อนที่ ต้องให้ขยะมนุษย์หมดไปจากประเทศให้ได้ วันนี้ผมบริหารราชการต้องฟังทุกคน ฟังทั้งคนด่า คนชม ฟังมากก็หงุดหงิดมาก…” (our rough translation: We have to cooperate in reducing all conflicts. What should we do to reduce the rubbish? We have to remove the human garbage from the country. As leader it is very frustrating to have to listen to everyone and to be watched by all).

Prayuth is not the only one who sees himself as eliminating human garbage. Apirat Kongsompong, a military officer who has been promoted rapidly for his murderous actions against red shirts, also refers to clearing the rubbish from the country.

It is exactly these kinds of comments that are reflected in a draft constitution that seeks to limit electoral democracy. These comments also indicate that this military dictatorship will not cede power to anything other than a puppet regime, “elected” or not; fascists don’t cede control to anyone.

Spades and shovels

5 03 2015

PPT has routinely referred to General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the man who directed murderous attacks against citizens in 2010, who mutinied against the legal government in 2014, led an illegal coup and is responsible for a widespread repression of political opponents, as The Dictator.

We fear that that description, while calling a spade a spade, is insufficient. We need to shout that this military spade is a fascist shovel.

The fascist general has “explained” that the media should not “be impartial.” He “explained:

“What they should say is, first, media should report news that is factual. Second, they should support the government’s efforts to move the country forward. And third, they should help reduce conflicts in society, and create understanding about the government’s policies that give clear results. Can you not do these three or four things together, dears?”

Thailand is in the midst of another dark political era led by a military leadership of fascist dolts.


Not a scholar, a fascist

12 02 2015

Long-time readers will know that PPT has little time for “scholars” or “academics” who prostitute themselves to various administrations.

They will also know that most of these “scholars” or “academics” usually have few of the accoutrements usually associated with university scholars such as research, publications and so on.

These readers will also know that we consider academic-for-hire Panitan Wattanayagorn an example of this kind of “academic” charlatanism. He has thrown himself at the feet of various royalist and military regimes, licking their boots, benefiting from salary and privilege, while maintaining the benefits attached to his “academic” position at Chulalongkorn University.Panitan

Often the mainstream media facilitate Panitan’s chameleon role as academic/spokesman/adviser for royalist and fascist rulers.

The Bangkok Post reports that Panitan is a “government adviser” and adviser to the Ministry of Defence. That is, he is working for the military dictatorship.

It also says he is a “political science expert.” PPT guesses that his PhD from a third-tier US university is evidence of some capacity in political science, yet there is no “academic” neutrality or intellectual consideration for Panitan. His “expertise” is in “advising” fascists.

This is why he “has defended the continuation of martial law after a group of lawyers released a damning report that exposed violations of human rights and international obligations under martial law.”

None of this nonsense for the fascist Panitan, who states that “the political situation is not yet stable enough to lift martial law despite human rights concerns.”

We doubt Panitan has any conception of “human rights,” and if he does, he would prefer to trash them. Here’s how he justifies military dictatorship:

Under a country with martial law, you’d expect certain pressure on human rights just to keep peace, order and civility…. Of course the military realises that in the end, in principle, martial law is not good for Thailand because it’s a strong pill. If you take a strong medicine too long, it may destroy your internal organs….

… [But] Thailand is very sick….

PPT reckons the “illness” is the military itself. Panitan parrots military nonsense, not just because he is paid by the dictatorship but because he worships it.

Panitan justifies the military dictatorship that has imposed and maintained martial law summoned 666 people, arrested 134 for peacefully protesting, 362 for “other political charges” and at least 36 people “prosecuted for lèse majesté…”.

Royalists face the law

21 01 2015

Not in Thailand, but in a constitutional monarchy with rule of law and freedom of expression: Britain.

Several UK news outlets report on the case of monarchy critic Rose Amornpat and what they acknowledge has been a “campaign of abuse” against her. The abuse began when she “dared to criticise the Thai royal family…”. The reports say that her ordeal “is finally over.”

The reports include a video interview.

Given the craziness that infects Thailand’s royalists, we suspect there will be further harassment. However, it is great to know that some of her problems have been effectively dealt with.

The British government refused to deal with an extradition appeal from the military dictatorship in Thailand.

One of her royalist harassers, DJ Ken or Thitipan Rungrawd, has “pleaded guilty to criminal damage and possession of an imitation firearm.”

As would be expected in such a situation, “he was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 200 hours unpaid community service and required to pay £200 compensation at Bromley Magistrates Court on September 16 2014.”

Earlier in this month, “two women aged 54 and 42 were cautioned for harassment, and a 41-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of harassment but released without charge.”

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is quoted making some excellent points: “The UK is committed to the freedom of speech and defends the right of individuals to express their views without the threat of intimidation or harassment.”

The spokesman added: “We have made clear to the MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] in Bangkok and the Thai Embassy in London, that we will not tolerate attempts to enforce Thai military decrees in the UK that are aimed at preventing freedom of expression.”

We doubt Thailand’s royalists can fathom such statements of principle.



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