Martial Law in Thailand

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Post by robertk » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:52 pm

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.ph ... 6&section=

“The Hunger Games” has become “an unlikely source of inspiration for the anti-coup movement that emerged shortly after Gen. Prayuth toppled Thailand’s elected government on 22 May 2014.” The three-finger salute from the movie became a popular form of resistance and defiance.

Khaosod reports that the London protest was “organised by a Facebook group called ‘District Thai’.” The group stated:

“Streets and beaches of Thailand may seem normal and quiet. But that is just the surface,” the statement reads. “In reality, citizens are being brainwashed, activists detained, intellectuals arrested and journalists censored. Expression of dissent became forbidden.”

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Dhammanando » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:55 pm

Seditious Sandwich-Eating

"Thai police later clarified that eating a sandwich with ‘anti-coup intent’ constituted a criminal act."

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Post by Zom » Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:36 am

Seditious Sandwich-Eating

"Thai police later clarified that eating a sandwich with ‘anti-coup intent’ constituted a criminal act."
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Post by Kim OHara » Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:51 am

Thanks, Zom :smile:
My state is currently enjoying (if that's the right word) the G20 so I've shared that with friends.

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Post by robertk » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:16 am

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politic ... red-hearts
A group of Khon Kaen student activists surprised the prime minister with an anti-coup T-shirt greeting and a three-finger salute.

Wearing anti-coup T-shirts with the slogan "We don't want the coup", five Khon Kaen University students managed to sneak past the tight security to flash the three-finger salute taken from the movie The Hunger Games.

The five, who are members of the Khon Kaen University's Dao Din student group, were immediately taken away by military police.

The student demonstrators, identified later as Wasan Seksit, Jetsathit Namkot, Jatupat Boonpatraksa, Phayu Boonsophon and Wichakorn Anuchon, were grabbed by police and military security as they showed off their T-shirts and salutes. They were taken to the 23rd Military Circle's Sri Patcharin base to undergo "attitude adjustment", according to officials.


Sasinan Thamnithinan, a human rights lawyer, said that in return for their release by the military, the students had been forced to sign undertakings not to engage in political activity - on threat of expulsion from the law faculty at Khon Kaen University, where they study
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Within hours, the cinema group scheduled to open the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 on Thursday, banned the film

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Post by robertk » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:09 am

http://asiancorrespondent.com/128354/th ... tion-coup/
28 weeks later: An education fit for a zombie?

With regards to education, the major initiative of the junta has been to emphasize the need to inculcate the ’12 core values of Thai people’ into every schoolchild in the land. Presumably, the thinking behind this is that Thailand’s recent turbulence has been due to a lack of Thainess in the citizenry and that a unified mass is going to be a more orderly one.

As well as the 12 values, patriotic songs are being played in schools, including Return Happiness to Thailand, written by General Prayuth himself. The Bangkok Post reported that students who refuse to join in by singing these songs are threatened with cuts to their Thai-language grades.

ut how are the 12 values actually being taught in schools? While not yet officially part of the Thai national curriculum (which is to be issued in May 2015 and last through 2021), schools are being encouraged to incorporate them into lessons wherever possible, place them on walls and have students recite them on a daily basis. In addition, Civic Duty is a new addition to students’ learning timetables and ‘selective history’ with emphasis on the country’s past glories will be given ‘primary focus’ in the classroom.

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Post by robertk » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:14 am

http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/4495
Thai Education Minister: Thai education resembles North Korea

The Education Minister and the North Korean Ambassador to Thailand mutually agreed that the education systems of both countries are rather similar and plan to develop ties by educational exchanges.

According to the Office of the Minister Newsline, Admiral Narong Pipatanasai, the Thai Education Minister, his Deputy Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, and Permanent Secretary Suthasri Wongsamarn met with Mun Song Mo, the Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea on Friday at Government House.

The two agreed that the educational systems of both countries are similar. The similar elements include free 12-year basic education. Moreover, a few students from North Korea come to Thailand to study.
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Post by robertk » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:16 am

http://www.prachatai.com/english/node/4525
2 high ranking police arrested for lèse majesté

A court on Saturday approved an arrest warrant for two high ranking police officers accused of defaming the King, asking for bribes, money laundering and misconduct.



The two high ranking police officers charged with lèse majesté are Pol Lt Gen Pongpat C., Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau, and Pol Maj Gen Kowit R., Deputy Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau.

According to ASTV-Manager Online who cited a high ranking officer as the source, the five have been arrested. They were interrogated at an unknown place and have pleaded guilty to all charges.

Khaosod noted that the five police were earlier removed from their posts and were transferred to the Operations Centre of the Royal Thai Police, along with the late Pol Col Akkharawut Limrat, who died under mysterious circumstances on Thursday.

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Post by robertk » Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:45 am

http://www.dw.de/rights-groups-slam-the ... a-17913105
regory Poling, Thailand expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) describes the current human rights situation in the country as "increasingly restrictive." He says the junta has restricted the right of citizens to gather in groups of five or more, and to engage in any activities of a political nature. "It has shut down private radio stations, tightened a clampdown on online and social media, and created an overall atmosphere of self-censorship among both journalists and academics."


AI: Rights abuses 'creating climate of fear' in Thailand
Amnesty International has accused the Thai junta of grave human rights violations since the May 22 coup. The rights group's Rupert Abbott says in a DW interview people are unwilling to speak out in fear of repercussions.
HRW slams Thai junta's 'comprehensive gag order'

AI's Richard Bennett shares this view: "It has become part of the military government's modus operandi to crack down on the smallest forms of dissent, such as wearing T-shirts that could 'promote division' or reading certain books in symbolic protest against military rule," Bennett said.
'Totalitarian' undertones
There are also concerns that restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are having an impact on the work of rights activists and organizations. On September 2, for instance, a debate about access to justice was scrapped due to pressure from the junta, prompting the United Nations to express serious concern about the "deteriorating environment for human rights defenders" in the country.
But probably the most worrying trend - which sets this coup apart from its 2006 predecessor - is the degree to which the junta has committed to policing not only public expressions of dissent, but even private disagreements.
"The use of arbitrary detentions as 'cooling off' periods and opportunities for 'reflection,' along with the demand that academics, students, and private individuals help police and report dissent among their neighbors has created an atmosphere of uncertainty, fear, and distrust," said Poling.
Indeed, he adds, the attempt to police private thoughts and opinions goes beyond mere military authoritarianism; it has "disturbingly totalitarian undertones."

Legal impunity
Paul Chambers, Director of Research at the Thailand-based Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs in Chiang Mai, has a similar view. "In essence, perhaps the military is not engaged in extreme amounts of human rights violations all over Thailand. But, under the martial law act of 1914 - which is now in place - the military can act with legal impunity to do what it wants, when it wants, to whomever it wants, for as long as it wants - all rationalized to protect Thailand's kingdom," the analyst said.

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Mkoll » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:44 am

I'm assuming that, by and large, the Thai people are willing to live with this for the time being? By that I mean they are, again by and large, not resisting these new gov't directives.
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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by robertk » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:48 am

Exactly - very little open dissent. Kind of a utopian society (in some ways like North Korea).

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Post by robertk » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:18 am

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.ph ... section=14
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Mind Research' To Instill Thai Junta Leader's Teaching Underway
BANGKOK - A top education official has claimed that psychological research is being conducted to persuade Thai students to live their lives in accordance with the teachings of the leader of Thailand's military junta.

According to Sutthasri Wongsaman, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry is working closely with the National Research Commission of Thailand (NRCT) to better promote a "practical adoption" of the "Twelve Values," a series of morals that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, chairman of the military junta, says all Thais should adopt.

The research is aimed at students in schools and colleges across the country, Sutthasri said yesterday.

"Previous research by the NRCT discovers that, to alter the behaviour of humans, memorising text or singing isn't enough," [sic]."

Sutthasri added that she wants to see "the concepts of the Twelve Values really reaching the students." However, she did not elaborate further about the nature or scope of the research

Gen. Prayuth unveiled the "Twelve Values" during one of his televised addresses in July, two months after he seized power from the elected government on 22 May 2014 and imposed martial law over the entire country.

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by robertk » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:40 pm

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Lucid summary by Professor at Murdoch University.

AUTHOR

Kevin Hewison
Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Politics and International Studies and Director, Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University

N
o-one should be surprised that Thailand’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been impeached by the military-appointed National Legislative Assembly. This was one more act in a political tragedy in which elected politicians have been repeatedly defeated by the military and judiciary

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:30 pm

Thanks for keeping us informed, Robert.

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