Most of the breaking stories on the fate of the 1932 plaque are on social media, including the Facebook accounts of Andrew MacGregor Marshall and Somsak Jeamteerasakul. Another Facebook account worth following is that by Pravit Rojanaphruk, one of the bravest of local journalists. The mainstream media is publishing material but because it is now […]

Yet another strange media event highlights the politics of the new reign. Yesterday it was reported that the dead king’s funeral would take place on 26 October. Later in the day, Khaosod has published this, with the black nothingness being in the original: Note to Readers: Removal of An Article About a Palace Announcement Khaosod […]

Being on holidays and out of Bangkok for a few days, the social media frenzy surrounding the political vandalism of the People’s Party plaque has been a bit difficult to follow. This post is quite a bit out of the ordinary for PPT as we are getting into very heavy speculation with little to go […]

Connections? Links? The king has gone to Germany, again. Military puppet Meechai Ruchupan has stated that there “is still more than one year that the government and National Council for Peace and Order [he means the military junta] have to work and they should be able to resort to ‘their existing work mechanism’…”.  He means […]

Remembering April 2010. Prachatai has two recent reports worth reading: first, 10 Facts about the 10 April Crackdown: 7 years of unhealed wounds; and second, #10AprilWhereAreYou: memories of a massacre. Fraud and lese majeste. We posted that police were considering pressing a lese majeste charge against a woman who allegedly cheated thousands of tourists by […]

Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa has been awarded South Korea’s prestigious 2017 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Jatuphat or Pai is held in jail without bail for sharing a BBC Thai story that accurately reported on Thailand’s tenth Chakri king, a report that was shared by thousands of others and has been viewed by millions. In other words, Jatuphat […]

In a highly symbolic act of vandalism, Prachatai reports that the plaque marking the 1932 revolution has been removed, stolen  and replaced with a royalist plaque. The report is confirmed at Khaosod. According to the report, the replacement graffiti states: May Siam prosper forever [with] happy fresh-faced citizens [who are] the force of the nation. […]