Martial Law in Thailand

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Post by robertk » Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:55 am

99%of people in Thailand happy with government - the highest ever recorded and almost as high as North Korea levels of satisfaction . National statistics office.
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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by dagon » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:04 am

Or for those who view The Bangkok Post as being a slightly more accurate "source of news" than Coconuts Bangkok.

When asked to specify which projects they were most satisfied with, 99.9% gave a thumbs up to the government's efforts to control lottery ticket prices at 80 baht, while 99.5% said they were happy with the government's drug suppression operations.

However, 53.2% of the respondents wanted the government to curb the rising prices of consumer products, whereas 35.7% wanted it to solve the falling prices of farm produce.

Source :http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politic ... government.

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Post by Mr Man » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:23 pm

BANGKOK — A pro-democracy activist group said one of its leading members was abducted tonight by a group of men in military uniforms near Thammasat University in northern Bangkok tonight.

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Post by robertk » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:13 pm

dagon wrote:Or for those who view The Bangkok Post as being a slightly more accurate "source of news" than Coconuts Bangkok.

When asked to specify which projects they were most satisfied with, 99.9% gave a thumbs up to the government's efforts to control lottery ticket prices at 80 baht, while 99.5% said they were happy with the government's drug suppression operations.

However, 53.2% of the respondents wanted the government to curb the rising prices of consumer products, whereas 35.7% wanted it to solve the falling prices of farm produce.

Source :http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politic ... government.
just to note the graphic I posted was taken from Bangkok post. Not sure who coconuts is..

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by robertk » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:19 pm

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Thai military offer to help out google in business matters, provided google rub their backs - and remove links (worldwide) to websites not approved by the Thai govt.
The summary concludes with the committee urging Google to think about the relationship between Thailand and the United States. The committee, which is stacked with military officers, told Google it could help the company’s business in Thailand.

“Also if there is any problem or concern about Google’s business in Thailand, and you want us to help, please let the Thai government know. The committee is ready to push and help as much as we can,” it re
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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by dxm_dxm » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:06 am

Who is wining over there, the king or the socialist ? Or am I a couple years late with the news ? I heard the king did a good job reforming buddhism in the country. Is that true ?

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Post by samseva » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:39 pm

dxm_dxm wrote:Who is wining over there, the king or the socialist ? Or am I a couple years late with the news ? I heard the king did a good job reforming buddhism in the country. Is that true ?
I don't think there is an answer to your question due to the question not representing the political situation in Thailand.

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Post by dxm_dxm » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:47 pm

I've done some catching-up in terms of news. Still, is it true that the King completely reformed buddhism in the country, in a very good way ?

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Post by gavesako » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:04 pm

Thai police finally get tough on crime:

Pattaya Police Bust Bridge Playing Pensioners

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Re: Martial Law in Thailand

Post by Mr Man » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:45 pm

Thai Government Defends Hiring Relatives

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Post by samseva » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:11 am

2017 election [apparently] 'guaranteed' (headline on the Bangkok Post homepage).

Poll on for next year, even if charter fails - Bangkok Post

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Post by Mr Man » Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:18 pm

In massive U-turn, former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva joins rivals in slamming army rule

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Post by robertk » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:45 am

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A 57-year-old housewife from Thailand is facing a military tribunal and seven years imprisonment over a photograph of her posing with a red bucket, which is adorned with messages from former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.

The bucket, which is used to splash water during the mid-April Songkran festival, is signed by the Shinawatra siblings.

“The situation may be hot, but brothers and sisters may gain coolness from the water inside this bucket,” it reads.

Theerawan Charoensuk posted a photo of herself smiling with the bucket to Facebook. Upon discovering the image, police ordered that she attend military court for her rebellious actions. Nateephat Akarapongthiti from Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping police station clarified, “She was charged with section 116 — inciting chaos in the country.

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Post by robertk » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:19 am

Reporters without Borders released new report on thailand, dropping it even further in world ranking for freedom of press.

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Gagged by “Peace and Order”

The National Council for Peace and Order, Thailand’s military junta, exercises permanent control over journalists and citizen-journalists. Ubiquitous and all-powerful, the NCPO summons them for questioning and detains them arbitrarily. Its leader, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, is given to frequent verbal attacks and even death threats against journalists. He is a new predator of information.

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Post by robertk » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:24 am

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Regional MPs concerned by Thailand’s draft constitution and planned referendum

JAKARTA, 25 April 2016 — Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia have expressed deep concerns about Thailand’s new draft constitution, as well as a planned referendum on the charter, highlighting an apparent effort by the military government to strengthen and prolong its control over Thai politics and stifle open debate.

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) criticized the decision by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to outlaw campaigns for or against the charter in advance of the referendum, slated for 7 August, and called on Thailand’s leaders to allow for a robust, public discussion of the draft.

“The Thai people are being asked to vote on the core laws that will determine how they are governed, and they aren’t even allowed to speak about them publicly, under threat of imprisonment. How can they be expected to make an informed decision under this arrangement?” said APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament.

“If the junta truly believes—as it insists—that this is a matter for the people to decide, then it should allow the people to speak directly to one another about the draft’s merits and drawbacks. Without allowing for such open debate, the Thai junta is effectively attempting to force-feed this constitution to the population.”

The law governing the rules for the referendum, which was approved by the current military-appointed legislature on 7 April, mandates up to 10 years’ imprisonment for anyone convicted of disseminating false information to influence voters or otherwise disrupt the referendum. Junta leaders have also failed to clarify their plan if voters reject the constitution, with some insinuating that a failure to approve the current draft could prolong military rule further.

“People shouldn’t be thrown in jail for simply expressing their opinions. We have already seen individuals who have made comments on the charter subjected to arbitrary detention and so-called ‘re-education,’ and the referendum rules seem designed to stoke fear among the people and stifle debate further,” said APHR Vice Chair Son Chhay, a member of the Cambodian National Assembly.

“The fate of democracy in Thailand has implications for the entire region. It is critical that leaders from around Southeast Asia stand with the Thai people and speak out in support of free expression and informed debate. This draft constitution must be judged on its merits through open discussion. Attempting to gag and intimidate critics is no way to run a country and certainly no way to resolve the political polarization and strife that has characterized Thai politics in recent years,” Son Chhay added.

The draft constitution, which was released publicly on 29 March, includes clauses mandating a fully appointed Senate and enabling the appointment of an unelected prime minister. The charter gives the military broad control over administrative affairs even after an elected government is installed. In addition, clauses of the charter enable the permanent legalization of orders issued unilaterally by NCPO leader Prayuth Chan-ocha under Article 44 of the junta-drafted interim constitution.

Civil society and political parties in Thailand have criticized the draft, highlighting its undemocratic provisions, including the special place reserved for military appointees. These critiques were echoed by regional MPs.

“The fact that the constitution preserves an explicit role for the military indefinitely is particularly concerning,” said APHR Vice Chair Eva Kusuma Sundari, a member of the House of Representatives in Indonesia.

“We have seen the result of a similar setup in Myanmar, where the military controls 25 percent of seats and is able to veto constitutional amendments. It’s the very thing that the people of Myanmar and its new, elected government are now struggling to change. It seems odd that Thailand would want to adopt and adapt elements of this widely criticized model.”

Parliamentarians also highlighted the lack of protections for community rights and the environment, which were present in previous Thai constitutions. The new draft’s assertion that the state is empowered to protect certain rights provides for a sweeping mandate, which is open to abuse by ruling authorities.

“Any trappings of direct democracy, which were preserved in earlier drafts, have been eliminated. The people’s control over their own rights and affairs is severely limited as well, and that sets a dangerous precedent for Thailand’s ability to return to full democracy,” Sundari said.

“This constitution appears to be an attempt by the Thai military to subvert normal democratic processes and strengthen its hold on the political system,” Charles Santiago added. “This is yet another worrying sign for a country that has been backsliding dramatically on its human rights commitments under an unelected military government for nearly two years now.”

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