A comment on impunity, inequality and the link to lese majeste from Rose Amornpat:
Thailand’s culture of impunity and politics of deceit must be stopped if Thailand wants to be considered a civilized and decent country!
The way it is now, “thieves in uniforms” in collusion with Thai Monarchy and its network are stealing freedom and democracy from Thai people, not that Thai people ever had such a thing anyway!
The recent military’s coup d’ etat put Thailand to shame no matter how much the military have tried to explain to the world’s community!
Gen. Prayuth couldn’t have possibly acted in such a bold manner, unless he’d got a prior approval from the palace!
He’s been a staunch royalist! He was hand-picked by the king and queen to be the Army Chief!
My family back home has been a royalist. I was brought up a royalist. I was trained and educated in a royalist school. I was taught how to write Thai poems in praise of the Royal Family ever since I was in grade school! I even won several awards for my poems praising the royals. I watched the nightly royal news with my family when I was in Thailand. I argued with my foreign friends and defended the royal family blindly, just like any ultra-royalists in Thailand and abroad.
Now that I have a chance to study in depth about Thai history and politics just during the last few years, I began to question why there is such huge gap between the rich and the poor back home. Why some rich people almost never have to stay in jail, despite their crimes?
Why is the Thai Royal Family of Thailand the richest monarch in the world- 6 years in a row- by Forbes magazine?
Why do poor people stay the same, generation after generation?
My heart cries when I see young children selling garlands or begging in the busy streets of Bangkok. Thai children should be in school, not selling garlands to help their family! Where are children’s human rights here?
Why does the king of Thailand endorse every coup and later pardon the coup makers?
Why are brave people like Da Torpedo and Somyot Prueksakasemsuk who didn’t do anything wrong have to go to jail? Their only “crime” was telling the truth!
And why do we have to have the despicable lese majeste law when Thai royalists often taunt that the King is so well-loved and revered by the people?
In my mind, true love doesn’t have to be enforced!
Article 112 creates an atmosphere of fear among people. This is not a true love! It reflects badly on the monarchy!
I then began to realize that the culture of impunity may be one of the root causes of Thailand’s ills! Because top elites and corrupt government officials commit crimes and never have to go to jail!
In the regicide case of King Ananda, more than 60 years now, the perpetrator who sent the 0.45 bullet through the forehead of Ananda is still at large and very happy!
The ghost of the 3 innocent pages are still waiting for justice!
Their families, whose calls to the new king for mercy at the last minutes prior to execution, went coldheartedly unanswered! Some of the wives, in their late 80’s now are still suffering. As to the children and grand-children, the portrait of the deceased still hangs in their family’s living room all these years.
The one or the people who ordered the killing of unarmed and peaceful people and students in the tragic and historic series of massacre are still living freely! Such are the Student Uprising of October 14, 1973, Thammasart University Massacre of October 6, 1976, Black May 1992 and April/May 2010. Such horrendous events have resulted in hundreds, if not thousands, of death and injuries! Yet, the culprits have not been caught, tired and punished! This is the tragedy of Thailand!
We must be direct and confront the very root cause of all the problems. We must not be afraid of their uncivilized and unjust lese majeste law, if we ever want to find the long term solution for Thailand.
I would rather die for my cause than live in lies, fear and deceit!
-Chatwadee Rose Amornpat