Tag Archives: Sarit Thanarat

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 […]

The end of 1932

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. […]

Constitution to be revealed

All media have dutifully reported that the king, who we guess is back from Germany or will be soon, will “formally enact the new constitution on Thursday, which also marks the anniversary of his dynasty’s reign over Thailand.” That seems entirely appropriate in the sense that the regime came to power following a military coup […]

New military “hero” organizing “reconciliation”

It has been recognized that Lt Gen Apirat Kongsompong is flying towards the top. When a military regime is seeking to embed authoritarianism, it often happens that the lure of running things, having lots of power and the chance to acquire great wealth causes aspiring green shirts to take a shot of becoming the next […]

The interventionist king

Some time ago, PPT posted on the trove of documents released online by the CIA that can be searched and downloaded online. In that post we also mentioned one document about General Sarit Thanarat’s 1957 military coup and the king’s alleged involvement, at least as far as the Americans were concerned. A reader has now […]

Buddhism, the palace and propaganda

As we have stated previously, PPT doesn’t usually follow the shenanigans within the sangha, except where these impact politics and the palace. Most assuredly, the long-running fight to have an appropriately conservative monk, acceptable to anti-democrats and royalists, appointed as supreme patriarch has fulfilled the impact on politics and palace criteria. For earlier posts on […]