“Loosening up”

There has been quite a lot of media discussion of the military dictatorship “loosening up.”

This picture, we assume recent, shows several political prisoners being marched to appear before a military court.

Shackled

Shackled and made to walk barefoot, these political prisoners are degraded by the process of parading them to court. None of them is dangerous or likely to flee, but they are shackled nonetheless.

Loosening up? Well, the shackles are now lighter than those used previously, which belonged to the 18th century. The picture below is of lese majeste victim Joe Gordon, forced to wear leg irons.

Joe Gordon in chains in 2011

Joe Gordon in chains in 2011

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