We now know that opposing the military’s draft charter is going to be made against some law or other. So too is campaigning for a No vote.
Who can support the junta’s constitution?
Anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban created a small problem for the military junta he supports when he spoke for 10 minutes in total support of the military’s draft charter. The Nation reports that there was a statement made that the junta would check that he hadn’t violated the referendum law. The Election Commission seems to have already decided he didn’t offend.
The military itself is able to campaign. Armed forces Supreme Commander General Sommai Kaotira is arranging for banners to “be hung at different military units calling on voters to cast their ballots on the referendum day.” The banners declare: “If you love democracy, you must vote in the referendum on August 7.”
Naturally, Sommai proclaimed that “the Armed Forces fully supported the referendum but would not attempt to influence the result.”
Sommai apparently thinks most Thais a gullible fools.