Thai authorities have detained and will or have deported Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong.
Prachatai reports that Wong was detained “at the request of the Chinese government” in the “early hours on 5 October 2016…”.
Wong’s “political group” is said to have issued “a statement condemning the Thai authorities.”
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post also reports on Wong’s detention. The 19-year-old, ” famed for his galvanising role in the city’s 2014 pro-democracy ‘umbrella movement’,”had apparently been held incommunicado by authorities. His group in Hong Kong says they have been unable to contact him for at least 10 hours.
Activists in Bangkok stated that Tourist Police stated that the detention followed “a written letter from the Chinese government to the Thai government concerning this person.”
As the Post points out, this is not the first time that the military dictatorship has appeared to be acting as the Chinese regime’s toadies. Thailand deported more than 100 Uighurs to an uncertain fate in China just over a year ago. The disappearance of Chinese dissidents and their reappearance in China and in custody suggests Thai collaboration with agents of the Chinese state.
The military regime is certainly willing to do Beijing’s bidding. At the same time, the junta is so anti-democratic that the idea of a democracy activist arriving in Bangkok to commemorate the 1976 slaughter of civilians that was prompted by rightists, royalists, palace and military is not likely to be appreciated. It is likely that in doing Beijing’s bidding the military dictatorship is also serving its own warped interests.