Oppression can’t delight over dissent

Banned in Bangkok: Some Pheu Thai Party officials will be punished, as domestic multiplication stays intact. (Screen constraint from ThaiPBS)

Less than dual weeks after a May 22, 2014 coup, a National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) handed out leaflets to Bangkokians explaining because afterwards army commander-in-chief Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had to disintegrate a caretaker municipal supervision of Yingluck Shinawatra.

The primary reason was that “severely entrenched” domestic groups had been “escalated to a family turn and a existent form of statute could not solve a conflicts and wrongdoings of opposite groups”.

Yet, one and a half years later, a domestic sequence has not been resolved and a domestic ideologies of members of both a yellow- and red-shirt camps sojourn intact.

Despite a military’s occasionally crackdowns on a domestic activities of a red shirts, devotion for Ms Yingluck and her refugee hermit Thaksin among farming people, generally in a North and Northeast, is unwavering.

Likewise, loathing of a dual siblings’ purported hurtful practices is prevalent among many of a “educated” civic center class.

Efforts to determine both extremes of a domestic spectrum have been superseded by devoted attempts to “uproot” a endless network of Thaksin’s cronies and move a allegedly hurtful officials and politicians to justice.

In many red shirts’ opinion, laws have been foul enforced to advantage supporters of a military. 

While a Pheu Thai Party takes advantage of opportunities trimming from eremite rituals to New Year celebrations to remind their farming supporters of Thaksin and Yingluck as good as disprove a statute junta, a troops mostly tumble into Pheu Thai’s trap and are seen as oppressing dissent.

The latest tale involves a placement of 2016 calendars featuring photographs of a dual former premiers in several Pheu Thai provincial strongholds. 

Roi Et administrator Anusorn Kaewkangwal expelled a province-wide anathema on a calendars being handed out after he learnt that encampment heads in Chiang Kwan district had distributed them during a meeting.

Police and soldiers in Khon Kaen also criminialized placement of a calendars on Monday when Ms Yingluck visited a range for a Buddhist protocol and to accommodate her supporters. But some were still handed out notwithstanding a authorities’ tighten watch on her movements.

The 23rd Military Circle in Khon Kaen summoned Piyachai Nachai and Orathai Phosri for supposed “attitude-adjustment sessions” after anticipating a dual members of a red-shirt United Front for Democracy opposite Dictatorship, that is associated with Pheu Thai, handing out a calendars during Ms Yingluck’s Khon Kaen visit. They were lectured for about an hour, afterwards released.

The event was meant as punishment for disseminating calendars displaying domestic total to their supporters, that violates an sequence of a NCPO prohibiting all domestic activities, pronounced Col Somchai Khanpachai, emissary commander of a Khon Kaen-based troops circle.

The calendar debate also drew comments from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and cupboard ministers on what should or should not be featured on a calendar, that supervision opponents feel are hypocritical. 

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, a former army arch and ex-boss of Gen Prayut, pronounced he suspicion it was surprising for people to put their possess photos on a calendar. PM’s Office Minister ML Panadda Diskul, also pronounced it was inapt to put one’s print on a calendar.

In response, many netizens posted calendars featuring photos of politicians such as People’s Democratic Reform Committee personality Chitpas Kridakorn and other Democrat politicians as good as celebrities, actors and hardly clad women.

Gen Prayut sees a calendar as inapt as one chairman in a images is “a lawbreaker”, in anxiety to Thaksin, who jumped bail in 2008 before a Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Position-Holders condemned him in absentia to dual years behind bars for abuse of management in his afterwards wife’s squeeze of land in Ratchadaphisek from a state while he was premier.

Appropriate on not, Thailand is never brief of ironies.

Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, who ruled Thailand with an iron fist from 1958 to 1963, is still most precious by many Thais for his authoritarianism. An army battalion stay in Prachuap Khiri Khan range even bears his surname in his honour.

However, it was unprotected by newspapers after his genocide only how hurtful a margin organise had indeed been. This was interjection to a sour estate conflict between his children and his immature mother that suggested a large border of his resources taken from supervision coffers that was after confiscated.

If Field Marshal Sarit is still celebrated by a military, maybe Thaksin could be given some space in his supporters’ hearts.

Oppressing his supporters’ faithfulness is not a intelligent approach to determine this deeply divided society.


Nopporn Wong-Anan is emissary editor, Bangkok Post.

Article source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/818608/oppression-can-t-triumph-over-dissent

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