Tag Archives: judicial coup

Updated: Bankrupt PAD

As widely reported, including in the Bangkok Post, 13 core members/leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy face a combined bill of 522 million baht incurred as a court’s decision on compensation to the Airports of Thailand Plc, for losses incurred “by the 10-day closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports 10 years ago.” Apparently, […]

Abhisit in the mirror

PPT is not given to posting support for the military dictatorship, but in the case of criticism received from Democrat Party “leader” Abhisit Vejjajiva, we can’t help it. Abhisit is quoted in the Bangkok Post as telling the junta that it “should reflect on what it has promised to deliver to the people as this […]

Updated: All about the law II

Bangkok Post editor Umesh Pandey gives some credit to the judiciary – the Central Administrative Court – for having ruled that “the military junta’s moves to take away the three passports held by the former Education Minister, Chaturon Chaisang, was a ‘serious violation’ of …[Chaturon’s] fundamental rights…”. But he goes way, way too far when […]

A couple of corrections

On a Sunday, as we read a few stories that continue to keep us glum about Thailand’s prospects for some political progress, as opposed to regression, we came across a couple of stories that appear to us to requires a little corrective attention. The first is at Prachatai. Kornkritch Somjittranukit has a story on red […]

Detailing the coup

Reuters reports a military document, dated 27 December 2013, which sets out “various scenarios of how the [then developing political] crisis could unfold and how the military should respond.” One of those scenarios outlines what the army could do “if at any time the situation is beyond the control of police.” It says the army […]

Thongchai: Thailand needs an election

Professor Thongchai Winichakul writes for Al Jazeera on Thailand’s ongoing crisis and the crying need for an election as the path out and forward: On May 7, the Constitutional Court removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of her Cabinet ministers from office. This judicial coup was followed by a decision from the National […]

Updated: The judicial coup gathers pace

After the judicial intervention yesterday to oust the prime minister and nine ministers on the flimsiest of grounds and with creative “interpretation” of the constitution, the another royalist “independent” agency has moved rapidly to complete the judicial coup. The Nation reports that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will now “face impeachment in the upper house […]