Gen Prem Tinsulanonda
The peace process to solve the conflict in the southernmost provinces of Thailand, known as Patani, which was officially inaugurated officially on 28 February 2013, has never been smooth. The process is susceptible to any significant political change, and a small hitch may cause a long stagnation. The visit of the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, to Thailand during 24 and 25 October 2018, seems to have signalled a promising restart. The conflict was allegedly top of the agenda in his meeting with the Thai Prime Minister.
Several prominent red shirt leaders have been given prison terms for leading a demonstration against the President of Thailand’s Privy Council. On 9 January 2016, the Criminal Court read the Appeal Court’s verdict on ten red shirt activists accused of unlawful assembly for leading a demonstration against General Prem Tinsulanonda, the President of the Privy Council. The defendants were accused of leading a crowd of several thousand to Prem’s residence on 22 July 2007 to demand his resignation.
The Bangkok Post’s front page lead story from 24 November, 2015, highlighted a speech given the previous day by General Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand’s elder statesman, President of the Privy Council, and most influential non-royal Thai.
A senior statesman of Thailand has advised that ‘Thai identity’ could be used as a solution to the problems and conflicts of the Muslim south. Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, a national statesman and President of the Privy Council, the King’s advisory body, on Thursday opened the 23rd forum of the ‘San Jai Thai su Jai Tai’ (Uniting Thai hearts to the hearts in the south) programme at the Thai Army Club in Bangkok.
The gathering of royalists in front of the Army Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd on 21 April to ‘recall power from politicians betraying the land’ has been dismissed by ASTV-Manager as an ‘ammat mob’ or a rally by the elite.
Tony Cartalucci has written prolifically on the political turmoil in Thailand. His writing focuses on the International dimension; the foreign interference in Thailand. While there is no doubt that no nation is an island and foreign groups with their own agendas interfere in all nations for their own personal ends, Tony has been very selective in which foreign groups he writes on, what their intentions are and who they work with in Thailand.
Papatchanan Ching-in has been found guilty of lèse majesté for her involvement in a red-shirt protest against the President of the Privy Council in Nakhon Ratchasima in April last year.