Debating and damning lese majeste

Mong Palatino at Global Voices has a useful post that summarizes some of the anti-112 actions and debates sparked by the cruel sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk.

There is a related story at the Bangkok Post about a new group that is challenging the lese majeste law. The report says they are “calling themselves the Alliance for People’s Democracy [กลุ่มแนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยภาคประชาชน (นปป)] – all wearing red shirts – gathered on Monday to challenge the judiciary’s interpretation of the lese majeste law.” It adds that “The gathering began with a few dozen participants and then swelled to at least 150…”. The group included former lese majeste convict Suchart Nakbangsai, who spoke to the crowd.

The group expressed concern regarding a warning by the Criminal Court chief judge that the court “has the right to prosecute and sentence those who comment on the court’s verdict on Somyot (such as controversial monarchy commentator Somsak Jeamteerasakul and others posting on the Internet) for contempt of court…. Their statement said these remarks by the chief justice undermined people’s confidence in the fairness of the courts.”

PPT thought that that “confidence” was already shot to pieces and that the courts are seen as unfair and politically partisan.

Are we being crazy optimistic or has this latest sentencing unleashed forces that cannot be contained?

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