Tag Archives: military dictatorship

When the military is on top XIV

When the military is on top it makes stuff up that almost no one believes but the regime expects the population to accept, no matter how nonsensical the claim. In a recent report, Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda has claimed that “[a]bout a million people joined the ‘Thai Niyom’ program launched by junta chairman [Gen] […]

Dictatorship permeates universities

We have previously posted on the takeover of university administrations by royalists and ant-democrats. The motivation for this concerted effort at control was to prevent students becoming political activists who challenge royalist and military regimes. The most recent example of this reactionary administration comes from Khon Kaen University, often described as an island of yellow […]

More on elections and U.S. policy

Yesterday we mentioned Gen Joseph F Dunford, Jr, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Department of Defense and how delighted he said he was that Thailand’s military dictator was babbling about “democracy.” U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies is now in on the act, but a little more nuanced in his approach. He is […]

Elections?

We read in the Bangkok Post that The Dictator has met with Gen Joseph F Dunford, Jr, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Department of Defense. We also read that Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha told Gen Dunford that “the government [he means military junta] is sticking by its roadmap to the next election […]

Prawit digs in

General Prawit Wongsuwan, the Deputy Dictator, isn’t going anywhere. Confirming himself as the target for increasing anti-junta action, Prawit has let it be known that millions of baht’s worth of luxury watches is no reason for one of the “great” and the “good” to consider public opinion. Defense Ministry Spokesman Lt Gen Khongcheep Tantrawanit said […]

The lawless regime

PPT has long pointed to the lawlessness of the military dictatorship. It was an illegal and subversive act – a military coup – that brought it to power. The junta then enacted its own decrees and made itself and its illegal actions “legal.” Since then, the junta has regularly ruled by decree and martial law, […]

Updated: Digging in or grave-digging? III

Yesterday, students claimed that “political mockery involving luxury watches and military figures” was a no-go area during the 72nd Chulalongkorn-Thammasat football match scheduled for today: Latthaphol Yimlamai, a Thammasat University (TU) student who is president of the university’s political mockery group, said a high-ranking military officer had prohibited them from using Deputy Prime Minister Prawit […]