Naughty Democrat Party and rubber rats

18 11 2017

The military regime has has warned the Democrat Party to behave itself.

The dictatorship considers that its (former?) political allies has been using “the plight of rubber planters, who are facing hard times given falling prices of the commodity, for political gain.”

Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd warned against “lambasting” the regime, and declared the “Democrat Party could have helped by giving useful advice on how to help rubber farmers.”

The farmers are from the Democrat Party’s stronghold in the south, and the Party has complained about the regime’s failure “to shore up rubber prices, and for violating freedom of expression by summoning leaders of a rubber farmer network for ‘attitude adjustment’ at military camps last weekend” when the farm leaders threatened a demonstration.

The junta’s spokesman lied when he “insisted the government [he means junta] has never barred people from expressing opinions or voicing proposals about the issue.” He said those detained faced “no threats or abuses…”. They were simply detained for “re-education.”

It prevented “a large group of rubber farmers from travelling from the southern provinces to Bangkok…”.

He was absolutely truthful when he stated: “No rallies or gatherings should be carried out…”.

The Democrat Party is usually supportive of the military regime, but fearing a military political party and needing to shore up its political base, “deputy spokeswoman Mallika Boonmeetrakul said that summoning leaders to military camps was not the right approach.”

She declared the junta ineffective “in dealing with crop prices. It should stop sweeping the rubbish under the carpet because it is not constructive to do so…”.

Former Democrat MP Watchara Petthong said the junta’s “penchant to summon critics for attitude adjustment in military camps was a threat to people’s rights and freedom of expression.” Of course, when it is red shirts or anti-coup activists he tends to ignore the repression. We call that double standards.





Updated: More on the Ko Tee lese majeste case

12 04 2014

Over the past week there has been a flurry of stories about lese majeste. PPT has posted on some of these stories about Thailand’s residual feudalism. In this post we focus on a clutch of news stories associated with Ko Tee or Wuthipong Kachathamakul ( โกตี๋ หรือ วุฒิพงศ์ กชธรรมคุณ).

The lese majeste junkies at the Democrat Party were fast out of the rat hole on Ko Tee’s case, using it in the best of the worst traditions of the Party, smearing all their political opponents. Party loudmouth/spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said the party’s toady “leader” Abhisit Vejjajiva:

had assigned the party’s legal team to lodge complaints with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order director Chalerm Yubamrung and Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdit to consider taking legal actions against Ko Tee for his controversial interview with the foreign media which were deemed lese majeste.Ko Tee

The party was also lodging “a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division police and to file lawsuits against Ko Tee with the police throughout the country.” Lodging the complaint nationwide is evidence that these hopeless and failed politicians haven’t had a new political idea since the 1940s. Shouting in the cinema, Chavanond bleated that:

Ko Tee’s conduct reflected the negative attitude of several red-shirt leaders and followers towards the Monarchy. Such attitude, he said, is a security threat that authorities concerned cannot just sit idly by but have to take actions to deal with it according to the law.

Abhisit has regularly sought to use the monarchy against political opponents.

The savageness of the attack on Ko Tee, in part, reflect the directness of his comments. It also reflects the fact that Ko Tee is radical in his politics, challenging not just the royalists but sometimes the official United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.Indeed, the official red shirts have been quick to dump Ko Tee, with Jatuporn Promphan – himself accused of lese majeste several times – disowning him. In the next report quoted below it is stated: “He has said that his group operates on its own and is not loyal to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.”

Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha hates Ko Tee, and was once said to have set assassins in search of him.

Getting Ko Tee has considerable benefits for the royalists and their anti-democrat movement. At the Bangkok Post it is reported that the police have come under pressure to get him as quickly as possible.

National police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew met with army chief Prayuth and “other senior government and security leaders met at a project launch in the far South on Thursday. They agreed on the need to take action against Wuthipong Kachathamkul, alias Ko Tee, during sideline talks.” The event was some kind of Prem Tinsulanonda-initiated interference in the normal work of government. It was reported that “Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda. Gen Prem was not involved in the talks” on Ko Tee. No one believes that little lie.

The Post also reported another lese majeste case “involving Ekaphop Luera, also known as Tang Acheewa,” was discussed by the royalist military bosses.

Thailand’s politics in recent years has seen lese majeste cases spike when the royalists are in power or seeking to topple an elected government. This is clearly another of these situations. PPT’s guess is that the royalist elite is taking the opportunity to de-fang the more independent and threatening of red shirt leaders prior to the conclusion of the creeping judicial coup.

It is reported that: “Pol Gen Adul promised he would take serious action against the two and direct immigration authorities across the country to watch out in case they try to flee the country.” Apparently an arrest warrant is out for Ekaphop, who is “believed to have already fled the country.”

The Democrat Party demanded that Prayuth “go after Ko Tee.” The irony of this is that “Democrat deputy spokeswoman Malika Boonmeetrakul insisted in an interview with the radio programme that security authorities could arrest lese majeste suspects…”.

Of course, it was Mallika who criticized a princess for being an indulgent waste of taxpayer money just a few days ago, but nobody amongst the double standard-toting royalists is going after her because she thought she was criticizing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Faithful royalists can drag the monarchy through the political dirt with impunity because they are somehow “protecting the institution.” The political battle is about shoring up the political and economic system that has the monarchy as its keystone, so the monarchy can be used by the royalist side for its political purposes without a peep of complaint from the palace.

According to the report, Ko Tee’s “whereabouts are unknown.” The dopey Democrat Party claims Ko Tee is “under protection of a two-star police officer.”

The Post then makes this remarkable claim: “Ko Tee is also accused of leading red-shirt members in a bloody clash with People’s Democratic Reform Committee members at Lak Si intersection on the eve of the Feb 2 election.” What is the newspaper’s point? Ko Tee did indeed lead red shirts on that day, but it was the anti-democrats who opened fire and were responsible for the bloodshed. The Post appears to being politically biased in the most base manner.

In another report at the Bangkok Post, police are said to have “approved an arrest warrant for the red-shirt hardman on charges of lese majeste.” They reckon he is still in the country. The court that quickly approved the warrant – probably the same one that has repeatedly rejected warrants for royalist anti-democrats – claimed “it had thoroughly considered the evidence submitted by the Crime Suppression Division…”. The police reckon they have a “substantial case…”. In most lese majeste cases, the evidence usually doesn’t matter in the slightest, so all this huffing and puffing is for political impact.

The interview with Ko Tee was widely circulated, causing the government’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order to renew “a warning to the public that anyone distributing or forwarding the video would face criminal charges.” They mean people circulating or “liking” the interview can end up in jail on lese majeste charges for 15 years.

The anti-democrat monk Buddha Issara got in on the lese majeste sycophancy by holding a “rally at Kukot police station and offered a cash reward of 500,000 baht for anybody who could arrest or locate the suspect.”

In yet another of many reports at the Bangkok Post, Army chief Prayuth “confirmed that army intelligence is assisting in the search for the suspect.” Remember when Prayuth claimed that it was not the Army’s job to arrest Suthep Thaugsuban for “treason.” It seems that the double standards run exceptionally deep.Prayuth and Suthep

Prayuth acknowledged that “it would be difficult to arrest Mr Wutthipong if he had left Thailand. He said lese majeste offenders usually flee to other countries which view lese majeste as a domestic matter.” Other crimes are domestic too. What the general might have said is that other countries view lese majeste not just as domestic but as a bizarre feudal leftover that is taken seriously pretty much only in Thailand.

Extending the reign of lese majeste terror, Prayuth added that the “army was also in the process of filing complaints with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology against radio stations and radio hosts who offend the monarchy.”

PPT looks behind this action, and sees that this lese majeste repression is just another part of the attempt to crush parliamentary and representative politics, just as much as herding the anti-democrats onto the streets was. Watch what the courts do next.

Update: Readers may be interested in Asia Provocateur’s take on these events:

This Thai fascist bloc, who’ve murdered and killed Thai citizens with complete impunity, are notorious for perceiving words to be more dangerous than bullets. The Democrats can order troops to slaughter unarmed Thai civilians and rationalise this as “necessary”. The Thai Army can carry out that slaughter and claim, with a straight face, that it was nothing to do with them. The PDRC have repeatedly tortured, kidnapped and even murdered pro-democracy activists yet their leaders are never held to account or even properly investigated.





Princess on tour

10 04 2014

We are taking bets that Democrat Party loudmouth Mallika Boonmetrakul is not going to be charged with lese majeste. Of course,  no one should be charged with lese majeste, but this loudmouth has often called for others to be charged under the draconian law. In addition, the royalist dolts at the Democrat Party have been ranting in unison with others about lese majeste in recent days. So it would be some kind of poetic justice of the one standard variety if Mallika, so often struck down by foot-in-mouth syndrome, was actually hauled over some lese majeste coals for a grievous attack on a royal.

Yes, we know that Article 112 does not apply to lesser royals, but that has never stopped the toady Democrat Party from screaming about lese majeste when lesser royals are “insulted,” usually with the truth.

Mallika

Mallika

Why are we ranting?  According to Khaosod, the “ruling Pheu Thai Party has lashed out at a deputy spokeswoman of the Democrat Party who falsely accused Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of attempting to flee the country.” It adds:

In a Facebook post – which has now been deleted – Ms.  Mallika Boonmetrakul published a photograph showing rows of baggage and boxes at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, and alleged that the baggage may have belonged to Ms. Yingluck who is attempting to flee Thailand amid the ongoing political crisis.

Nothing lese majeste there you say! Certainly not. Mallika was just insulting Yingluck and the doubtful intelligence of those who would read her Facebook page. Those “fans” didn’t pause to consider if this claim could be true, but “commentators also posted comments criticising the owner of the baggage for displaying such apparent luxury and unnecessary waste of taxpayers’ money.”

The problem was that the expensive bags and tons of them at that actually “belongs to Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, who was flying to a fashion event in London.”

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

Of course, neither Mallika nor these dopey “commentators” then turned their attention to the “apparent luxury and unnecessary waste of taxpayers’ money” involved when a minor princess traipses around the world in a “career” that is just one on a list of the rich kid’s bucket list of “great” things she will be “great” at. She certainly seems to be great at spending the taxpayer’s money.

The Puea Thai Party didn’t call for lese majeste to be used, but the party did urge that wimpy Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva “take disciplinary action against Ms. Mallika and make her take responsibility for her dissemination of false information.”

Perhaps Mallika should be taken to the court of double standards for her bollocking of Yingluck as a leech on society while refusing to criticize a minor princess for the same “crime.”





Further updated: Double standards (again)

30 11 2013

In a recent post we had this:

Note 4: Readers will no doubt remember the pained complaints of the Abhisit government and its supporters when red shirts were accused of being too pushy, demanding and scary in dealing with the Chulalongkorn hospital in May 2010. There seems – as yet – no such outrage when the Suthep lot turn off water and power at the police headquarters and the Police Hospital next door. The Bangkok Post reports that People’s Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) and the Dharma Army – these are essentially Chamlong’s Srimuang’s yellow shirts – potentially impacting 500 patients. Meanwhile, the hopelessly hopeless National Human Rights Commission managed to shake its biased and hopeless collective head, but suggested that the power cut was not the work of the nice royalist allies demonstrators.

We followed this post on yellow shirt bias in the NHRC and the media – where has the condemnation and outrage been? – with a post of a video link of the cutting of power.

Now there is some evidence of the anti-government protesters hurling projectiles at police as they try to restore power to the Police HQ and hospital (which did have some back-up generators).police hospital

There are also reports of demonstrators targeting the day school attended by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s 11 year-old son and a bomb scare at an after-school facility he attends. Some of these threats to a tiny boy have been justified by Democrat Party spokesperson Mallika Boonmeetrakul. She has a history of histrionic and neo-Fascist outrages.

There are also sporadic reports of serious attacks on red shirts, such as stabbings – again Asia Provocateur is a good source for some of these reports – yet almost none of this is being widely reported in the mainstream or international media.

Attacking childrenKhaosod has reported some of this – see our snip of their story – but has been lambasted by the protesters as a pro-Thaksin newspaper, while not denying the Democrat Party strategy of targeting Yingluck’s son; how could they when Mallika defends this heinous and cowardly stuff.

The Bangkok Post is downright misleading on such events, saying: “Rallies by anti-government protesters have been largely peaceful in the capital…”. That’s a fabrication, as the above indicates, but as the police have not arrested anyone or aggressively confronted any protesters and nor has the Army been sent in, the violence is limited to sporadic and provocative acts by the protesters, egged on by the Democrat Party leadership.

In that report, the Post, as is its bias, lays blame on red shirts and the whole report is of alleged red shirt/pro-government. In an editorial the Post writes: “During the past few days, there have been reports of clashes between supporters of both camps. Although they were only minor scuffles, they have the potential to trigger a much larger confrontation…”. Where is the Post’s reporting of anti-government protester violence? Where is its outrage of an attack on a hospital? In the wash with the management’s yellow shirts and double standards? To be a serious newspaper, the Post needs to be reporting all attacks and intimidation.

The international media needs to take up the challenge of TIME magazine’s headline and show the deeply and dangerously right-wing ideologies and actions that the Democrat Party promotes. Their violence has been seen in 2009, 2010, in parliament and on the streets.

Update 1: It has now been reported at The Nation that Prime Minister Yingluck has “asked protesters not to blow whistles into the face of her son as a symbol of protest against her…. She said the protesters should vent out their anger at her, not at her son…”. Yingluck added: “I won’t run away. I’m still here. Although I am a woman, I won’t run. I dare to face all the incidents.” While the report states that the school principal denies there were attacks of whistle-blowing, and the school’s website is currently down, PPT’s usually reliable sources say the protesters’ cowardly anger shown to an 11 year-old was real but short-lived.

Update 2: Khaosod has a story on Yingluck’s son being harassed and her plea. We finally got to the Harrow School site and the headmaster’s statement. The statement is ambiguous, speaking to “politically motivated attempted security breaches at School.” As far as we can tell, and Khaosod is most detailed, this does not address the issue of events outside the school’s gate or to other parents acting politically, although the latter is acknowledged when the headmaster states: “I request that all parents support the School by ensuring that no politics are brought on Campus.”





Avoid the slippery slope

19 08 2013

A report at Khaosod suggests that the Puea Thai Party-led government is poised at the summit of an authoritarian slippery slope.

The report states that Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit has threatened to use the draconian computer crimes law to deal with nasty and untrue social media criticism of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The Party might suggest that silencing criticism is one thing and that restricting mad royalist lies is another matter. This is true, but silencing their opponents is a slippery slope to authoritarianism.

In these cases, some of the horrid sexism directed at Yingluck by people like Mallika Boonmeetrakul, the deputy spokeswoman of the Democrat Party, who allegedly doctored a picture of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, implying she is a slut, is reprehensible.

That said, Mallika only plays to a narrow and rabid yellow shirted lot, and they have been circulating such swill for a very long time. Censoring them using draconian, military junta laws does more damage to the Puea Thai Party than to the Democrat Party and yellow-shirted royalists.





Busy days for the protectors of the monarchy

17 08 2013

The media has been full of reports in recent days of authorities and self-appointed protectors of the monarchy seeking out anyone who dares to speak of the monarchy in ways that royalists don’t like or to challenge royalist propaganda.

Much of the “work” has been in response to critical, satirical or joking comments on the monarchy  following the sudden move by the king and queen to Hua Hin. Some have even dared to joke that the whole was a bit like Weekend at Bernie’s. So the protectors have been hunting down the jokers, considered dangerous republicans.Wax king

Many readers may have already seen the widespread reports that the police are drilling down further in their work to find those guilty of

An AP report tells of police asking the operator of “Line” instant messaging “for access to records of online chats…”.

Technology Crime Suppression Division boss Pisit Paoin said “… police want to review the data of users they suspect are involved in crimes, including making statements against the Thai monarchy…”.

While Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has commented that “the government did not intend to limit people’s freedom…” everyone knows that when it comes to the monarchy, there is no such freedom.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports on the unofficial protectors getting their underwear in a knot over the eel,  Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Tharit Pengdit.

About  30 anti-government white masks – that’s probably all of them at the moment – rallied at DSI to allege that Tharit had committed lese majeste.

The white masks “were dissatisfied that Mr Tarit, the DSI chief, has accepted for investigation as a special case a complaint against Mallika Boonmeetrakul, the deputy spokeswoman of the Democrat Party,” alleged to have doctored a picture of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, implying she is a slut.

Malilika has a history of trashy allegations against Yingluck and in using lese majeste for political gain.

But the complaint is now about Tharit for referring to the premier as “the head of state”. As every Thai is meant to know, the king is the “constitutional head of state” even when he abuses the constitutional role.

For this “slip,” Tharit is accused of lese majeste. It is kind of ironic as DSI is one of the agencies that zealously “protects” the monarchy. In line with that, the despicable Tharit “claimed that those who accused him in public could themselves also be seen as committing lese majeste.”

Let’s have all the royalist throwing each other in jail!

All of the chatter about the monarchy has prompted the palace to action. The Bangkok Post reports that a royal doctor has been wheeled out to state that the king and queen are in “excellent” health and are “enjoying the seaside weather at the palace in Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan.”

The doctor added that a “team of royal doctors is on hand around the clock to look after Their Majesties…”.

And royal health spokeswoman Princess Chulabhorn, despite the PR disasters of her previous appearances, is to “appear on Channel 9’s Woody Kert Ma Kui talk show on Saturday to discuss the health of Their Majesties.” That will get lots of viewers just to look at the astonishing fawning and odd behavior.





Panic, censorship and the Democrat Party

8 05 2013

W e have already posted several times on the continuing and seemingly heightened political struggle as disgruntled royalists seek to undermine the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Part of the increase in political tension revolves around issues such as constitutional reform and amnesty. The most recent panic for royalists was Yingluck’s speech in Mongolia airing several truths about the anti-democrats who oppose her. That panic attack saw some nasty and deeply sexist remarks and crazy incantations of treason. At the same time, PPT indicated its position on the defamation regime.

So we are dismayed to read at the Bangkok Post that Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap has said that he will seek “to silence websites that allow criticism of the prime minister.” This is dumb politics and a stupid over-reaction that allows the yellow-hued lot to prance about talking about “democracy” and “freedom of expression.” Of course, these elitists have no ground to stand on these issues but the minister has allowed them to make these claims.

That the Democrat Party has jumped on Anudith’s silly statement with glee is to be expected. However,  it is more than a little nauseating to listen to its leader Abhisit Vejjajiva claim that Anudith’s statement is a “violation of democratic principles…”. That it might be, but for Abhisit to lecture anyone on democracy is an affront.

Neither the Democrat Party nor Abhisit know anything at all about democracy and their track record is of undemocratic action.

When Democrat Party deputy spokeswoman Mallika Boonmeetrakul lectures that the “minister had no power to close websites, which could be shut down only by a court order…”, this is a practices that her party repeatedly flouted when in government.

When she says that “Users of social media, along with the press, have the right to freedom of expression and to comment on and criticise public figures, including the prime minister,” Mallika ignores the Abhisit regime’s massive censorship of all opposition media.

The Abhisit regime was undemocratic at birth and its time in government was the most repressive for three decades.

Anudith needs to be criticized, but not by a Democrat Party that is disingenuous and pathetic.