Martial Law in Thailand

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:00 pm

Elections postponed again in another backflip -
Coup leader and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has "clarified" a joint statement he made with US President Donald Trump that a long-awaited election would be held next year.

It won't. ... ... nt/9032042


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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:14 am

Historian? Nobel nominee? 85 years old? Doesn't matter - still being charged for casting doubt on the historical accuracy of a favourite Thai myth:
The story of a former Thai king slaying a Burmese prince in a duel while riding elephants is at the centre of a police investigation against an elderly Buddhist intellectual who faces 15 years jail for questioning the historical accuracy of the event.

Sulak Sivaraksa, 85, made the comments at a university seminar in 2014 and was charged then, but the case has resurfaced, with police saying they have now finished their investigation.

This week police escorted Mr Sulak to meet the prosecutor, who will decide whether to go ahead with the case.

He is charged with lese majeste, which protects the king, queen, heir and regent from defamation, but has been more broadly applied to cover the king's dog, past kings and even Facebook "likes" of controversial material.

Mr Sulak insists he has done nothing wrong.

"My point is, if you want to learn history, you have to get all facts from the past as much as you can, and I just state the facts," he said.
The case comes just before the cremation of Thailand's widely-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej later this month, but Mr Sulak said he was not sure why the charges had been revived.

"Well, I wish I knew," he said.

"The country is run by dictatorship so [there's] no regard to the rule of law and for the army, King Naresuan is a great hero, you see, and the elephant combat is real for them."

Mr Sulak is a renowned social critic and the founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists. He has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

His autobiography - Loyalty Demands Dissent - contains a foreword from the Dalai Lama.

Although he describes himself as a royalist, he has been charged several times with lese majeste. ...

On December 7, the prosecutor will announce whether to go ahead with the case against Mr Sulak.

If it does go ahead, the trial would be held in a military court, possibly in secret.

"So I'm at the mercy of the military tribunal... if they want to be fair, if they want to be sincere I'll get acquitted, but if they want to punish me, well, what can you do? There's no rule of law," Mr Sulak said.
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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Saengnapha » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:18 pm

Tomorrow, Oct 26 in BKK, there will be an historic event taking place, the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. This sacred ceremony will be held up river near the Royal Palace on a specially built site for this occasion. The whole country has worn black or white for one year as a token of remembrance of the king who was generally beloved by most Thais. This will be a highly emotional time for people. There are many people in the streets tonight with an unusual amount of army and police activity which is a rare occurence here in BKK. There has literally been no trouble that I have seen or heard about although people do wonder what the new king will be like and if there will be any more political protests after this cremation.

Westerners often want to impose their ideas on Thais, want them to act like westerners, think like westerners, and automatically adopt democratic procedures, no matter what. This doesn't work here. They have a long way to go just to get the rule of law to work properly and change the corrupt practices from the top down. Practicing Buddhist ethics would go a long way in introducing a system of rule that would benefit all, but I don't expect that to happen. I don't want to turn this into a soapbox, so I'll stop right here. Life here is generally good and pleasant, but bloody hot.


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