Disrupting civil society

In a report at Prachatai, it is said that in “the three years since the 2014 coup d’état, the regime has disrupted 157 public events…” It adds that these events have mostly being considered “politically sensitive.” That term is rather lame. In fact, the junta has mostly shut down events it considers threatening to its authoritarian rule.

We also think that the iLaw count is an underestimate. We think this because the real figure would include events, particularly in  the provinces, that have been “nipped in the bud” by the junta, the police and military who act as the political censors and thugs for the junta.

The events the junta has ground under the heel of the military boot are those the “authorities” decide threaten their business or political interests or those of their buddies.

The iLaw count says that the majority of events it counted are those “public forums or gatherings with titles containing words like ‘dictatorship’ and ‘treason’.”

Then there are events organized locally that are local people being pushed off land, forced to accept pollution from miners, and more. Many of these events have been disrupted, usually by implied or real threat from the military thugs.

All of this activity by the authoritarian regime is to undermine politicized civil society that the military dictatorship considers threatening. The exception is action is by anti-democrat allies, although even there the junta seems sometimes anxious.

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