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

https://theconversation.com/yingluck-im ... racy-36649" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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

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

Thanks for keeping us informed, Robert.

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Post by robertk » Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:15 pm

Thanks Kim

https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom ... M5sL4HXeK1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Thailand just downgraded to a 5.5 by freedom house. Not to worry though, they are better than North Korea which gets a 7 ( the least free of all).

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Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
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Post by Anagarika » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:47 pm

I have just returned from a brief trip to Thailand. I had an opportunity to spend time with a number of informed people, including a expat business owner in Chiang Mai, and a director of a NGO in northern Thailand, on the subject of the military government. Both agreed that the military government has been proactive in enforcing the law, and creating order from a previous sense of chaos. The director of the NGO, in particular, was complimentary of the new government, now that some corrupt police and military are being arrested and prosecuted. He felt that his work was being facilitated by a sense of law and order and a good faith approach to anti-corruption that was previously nonexistent.

I feel that it is too soon to be expressing blanket statements of disapproval of what has happened in Thailand with the government. I live in the US, which preaches democracy and berates countries that abandon democratic political means and methods. However, our democracy has produced the corrupt Bush/Cheney government, responsible for at least one illegal war, more losses of innocent life and human rights in the Middle east than any other country on the planet. I find our State Department's chastising of the Thai government to be more than hypocritical.

Which is a better solution: a democracy that is run by a corrupt racket, or a military junta that may actually be delivering on some of its promises to reform and stabilize the government? A democracy run by profiteers and scoundrels, or a kingdom run by a benevolent king?

I'm not an American anti-American...I'm just deeply disappointed with what my country of birth has become...I'm far prouder of what the Obama administration has done, but see day to day more drone killings of children, and still see that my country of birth has fallen far from its founder's principles. I deeply regret what the US has become politically and within its "win or lose" social and economic structure, though it enjoys the highest GDP in the world and is still a better place to be born into than many countries that struggle with uniform poverty and dysfunctional economies.

My suggestion is to keep an open mind about the current Thai government. I'm not a resident of Thailand, and only polled a few of my friends and colleagues there, but these are educated and informed people, who seem generally pleased the current state of affairs. The US' demands for general elections seem to me an invitation to chaos at this time. Thailand, as it has done repeatedly through its modern history, will evolve out of military junta and back into elections, but only when the time and circumstances are stable. Will the new "democracy" be a pure one? I wouldn't bet on it, and elections (IMO) won't be held while the possibility of another Thaksin proxy being elected exists.

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Post by Dhammanando » Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:39 pm

Bangkok's Big Brother is Watching You

  • General Prayuth Chan-ocha is determined to make Thailand a happy place. He’s doing this by throttling civil liberties. Abigail Haworth charts the surreal rise of his despotic regime
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/m ... -democracy

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Post by Dhammanando » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:19 pm

Our children deserve education, not indoctrination
  • Every Thai government has failed to educate our children; they have always tried to indoctrinate them. The indoctrination of children and denying them the freedom to think critically is wholly irresponsible, and in my view, tantamount to child abuse and it must be stopped. This is why I think the argument by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and members of the Bangkok elite against real democracy and universal suffrage is totally disingenuous. Their stance basically rests on the notion that real democracy can't be applied to rural communities, because a democracy requires an informed citizenry to function properly, and communities outside of Bangkok have simply not been educated yet.

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