Tag Archives: constitutional referendum

Updated: Going after grannies

The junta doesn’t discriminate when attacking and repressing its opponents. Age, gender and location are no barriers to repression. Over the past couple of days, it seems the military dictatorship has turned its attention to repressing grannies. A story at Prachatai reports that 20 villagers in Udornthani have ended a court case by pleading “guilty […]

Unusual, extraordinary, exceptional

The amendments to the junta’s draft constitution remain secret. At last, the media is beginning to notice that this secrecy and the processes involved are strange. Khaosod quotes legal scholar Jade Donavanik who said that it is “unusual for constitutional revisions to be submitted for royal consideration without first disclosing them to the public…”. He […]

Secrets, constitution and election

Not that long ago, PPT posted on the secret amendments to the draft constitution. Despite the sham “referendum” on the “constitution,” the king demanded changes that, according to The Dictator’s account, give the king more power and flexibility. Those amendments were crafted, in secret, by a puppet committee. Then the military junta declared that these […]

Secret constitution amendments

Readers will recall that the military junta’s “constitution” was sent to a process it described as a “referendum.” Despite that exercise in (false) legitimacy, the junta then had to withdraw the draft constitution to make changes demanded by King Vajiralongkorn, said to increase his powers. During the amendment process, the exact changes were kept secret. […]

“Reconciliation” by military committee II

The degree of military control of this flawed “reconciliation” soap opera has been seen in a military press conference on the contrived process. This picture, snipped from the Bangkok Post, tells much. The report states: “The military will start discussions on national reconciliation with politicians on Valentine’s Day and plans to produce a reconciliation pact […]

Charter changes are secret

The Bangkok Post reports that the draft constitution has been returned to National Legislative Assembly and the Constitution Drafting Committee for changes demanded by the palace. The amendments demanded by the king are to be written into the charter “by a special 11-member committee in line with observations from the Office of His Majesty’s Principal […]

More power to the king

Reuters recently had a story about unconstitutional constitutional amendment made “constitutional.” Oddly, the report makes the claim that the amendments demanded by King Vajiralongkorn were “requested.” Even more oddly, the authors of the report mistakenly believe that the draft constitution is “military-backed.” In truth, it is the military’s constitution. While it is true that this […]