Tag Archives: Thanin Kraivixien

Waking up to military dictatorship

Thailand has been a military dictatorship since May 2014. If The Dictator has his way, the military and the current junta will be in power, directly or through proxies and clones, for another 16 years. It needs to be recalled that this has happened before. Following the massacre of students at Thammasat University on 6 […]

Updated: 6 October and dictatorship

A few days ago PPT post about the new website has been launched from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science, to establish and maintain an archive about the massacre of 6 October 1976. On this day in 1976, royalists and rightists were mobilized with and by the police and military in a massacre of students […]

Maintaining the fairy tale

Along with the whitewashing of the new king’s notorious past, the fawning over the dead king continues. Much of this treacly nonsense is a simple repetition of decades of palace propaganda. Some of it is a deliberate set of manufactured stories that beggar belief for anyone who thinks. We guess some of it is constructed […]

The new privy council

It was widely expected that the new king would put his stamp on the Privy Council. He’s done that in very quick time. The Bangkok Post reports that the king has appointed an 11-member Privy Council. The new members are: “Gen Dapong Ratanasuwan, the current Education Minister; Gen Paiboon Koomchaya, currently the Justice Minister; and […]

Putting things back in place

General Prem Tinsulanonda is now back as President of the Privy Council after being “temporary Regent” for a period. The Bangkok Post reports that the 96 year-old was reappointed by the new king in an announcement in the Royal Gazette. Aged judge and former rightist and royalist prime minister Thanin Kraivixien returns to being a […]

On dictatorship

This from the Bangkok Post: Foreign media and observers continue to regard our present government as a “dictatorship.” They have ignored [the] Prime Minister[‘s] … explanation about the necessity for building a democratic society on a stage-by-stage basis. The Bangkok Post was supporting a dictatorial regime in an editor’s comment on a story from 25 […]

Making a cruel point

The 6 October 1976 massacre was one of the Thai military’s periodic interventions in politics that saw many citizens murdered and arrested. While the numbers killed total in the 40s for official counts, but perhaps 10 times this in reality. This massacre was particularly brutal, with civilians being raped, burned alive, lynched, dismembered and tortured. […]