Tag Archives: Sarit Thanarat

Updated: Making monarchy

Sport360.com is not usually the subject of a post at PPT. Yet we felt there’s one point in an article about a middle-ranked Thai golfer that reflects something being seen more broadly in Thailand. Readers will recall the widespread criticism of now King Vajiralongkorn as his father declined and his succession became a reality. There […]

Good rich king, bad rich king

Are we the only ones who have detected a change in the way that critics of the monarchy are writing about it? While we recently posted on the ninth reign as a bloody era where thousands of citizens were disappeared, jailed, tortured and killed by the state, usually operating in the name of the monarchy […]

Buddhism, military regimes and new reigns

There have been a couple of recent stories that deserve some attention. Both relate to the nature of Buddhism. A first story at the Bangkok Post is classic dictatorship double-speak. High-ranking government mouthpiece Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, who is usually wheeled out to babble about the things the dictatorship thinks is important stuff, denied that […]

The “necessity” of military dictatorship

In the Bangkok Post, commentator Thitinan Pongsudhirak comes up with his repeated excuse for military domination. He claims the succession explains it: The consequent royal transition is likely to be viewed in posterity as the principal reason why the Thai people have had to put up with Gen Prayut. Later he states, as he has […]

It feels like 1962

Back in 1962, General Sarit Thanarat had his boot on the neck of Thailand’s politics. He had taken control of everything, including police and personally meted out “justice” against “communists,” “elected politicians” and others. In other words, the military dictatorship had strong control over the bureaucracy, the military, the police and over broader society. One […]

Updated: Royalism undermines popular sovereignty

Everyone knows that the prince, now king, began his purges of the palace from late 2014, when he “divorced” Srirasmi. Dozens of her family and associates were jailed. Then there were the clearances that saw “unreliables” ditched, deaths in custody, lese majeste jailings and the use of a personal jail. Some fearful palace associates, now […]

Updated: Monarchy vs. 1932

For the royalist junta, 1932 is very scary. Perhaps because they are royalist or because the king is poking them. Perhaps both. Khaosod reports twice on Akechai Hongkangwarn. The last we heard of him was on 24 June, when he’d been apprehended by the royalist patrol dogs as he tried to install a mock-up of […]