Author Archives: Political prisoners of thailand

Yellow finger pointing

Reading social media and the mainstream press over the past couple of days it seems that the only news is the story of how Yingluck Shinawatra “escaped” from Thailand. While the military junta is apparently unable to confirm that she did leave the country or where she is, it has been drip-feeding information regarding the […]

Prolonging military dictatorship

In amongst all the breathless speculation and musings on the Yingluck Shinawatra’s “escape,” PPT thinks the most boring news of the past few days comes from The Dictator. General Prayuth Chan-ocha has “has reiterated that the country’s reform roadmap doesn’t prolong military control at the expense of political parties.” The General “has given an assurance […]

On Democrat Party hypocrisy

The Democrat Party has a long history of political hypocrisy. For most of its history, it has been conservative, royalist and cooperative with military regimes. There have been brief periods where it has attempted to be a democratic Democrat Party, but these periods appear as aberrations. (For an official history of the Democrat Party, written […]

PAD and its bill

As posted just a couple of days ago, the rightist/royalist People’s Alliance for Democracy has been ordered to pay to the Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) for damage caused by its occupations of Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports in late 2008. PAD’s co-leaders were assessed as causing damages worth 522 million baht. In that short […]

Coup learning

PPT wishes to draw attention to two retrospective articles published by Prachatai. Both can be considered the 2014 military coup and the period of military dictatorship in a context of the “failures” of the 2006 coup to demolish the “Thaksin regime.” The first, by Kornkritch Somjittranukit, claims that “[f]orming political alliances, securing military influence, creating […]

Justice system no longer makes sense

Double standards rule in the justice system. Sure, some yellow shirts get to courts for their actions, but their cases are slowed to a crawl, subject to seemingly endless appeals and so on. But when it comes to those who are accused of lese majeste or actions the military dictatorship considers threatening or unsettling, the […]

PAD gets a bill

The Bangkok Post reports that the People’s Alliance for Democracy has received a bill for its occupations of Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports in late 2008. PAD’s co-leaders were assesses as causing damages worth 522 million baht. That amount is due to the Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT). The fine seems to follow from a […]