Forming political alliances, securing military influence, creating extra-parliamentary mechanisms and establishing dominant ideology are things that the ruling junta has learnt from the 2006 wasted coup, says an academic.
Applaud but do not stand, take selfies politely, and chant ‘keep fighting PM Prayut’ are commands stated in the schedule of a conference between the Prime Minister and government school teachers. The schedule of the conference called The PM meets his teacher friends,’ to be held on 13 May 2016, includes orders for participants to chant together ‘keep fighting PM Prayut’.
The military has gone to a new level by intimidating a pro-democracy Buddhist monk at his temple. On Thursday, 12 May 2016, Phraiwan Wannabut revealed on Facebook and to Prachatai that the military had visited him at his temple more than five times and will come again this Saturday. Each time, the military take photos of the monk and plead with the monk to stop all political activities, including writing articles and Facebook posts, and also offer him lunch.
The Thai junta leader and Prime Minister has suggested that cabinet members read The Governance of China, a book authored by Chinese President Xi Jinping, claiming that Thailand is in a reform period like China’s. On Tuesday, 12 April 2016, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, told the media at Government House that Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and PM, introduced “The Government of China”, a book authored by Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, to cabinet members,
A high-school executive has scolded a grade 12 student activist who refused to take a Civic Duty class exam as being mentally ill while the Education Minister told the media not to pay much attention to her. According to the 23 July 2015 issue of Matichon newspaper, an administrator of Triam Udom Suksa School in central Bangkok told the media that Nattanan Warintarawet, aka Nice, an outspoken anti-coup student activist at the school, is mentally ill.
Villagers on Thailand’s northern border have called on state authorities to stop the expropriation of land that they have been using while a local official said that it is being done under orders from the junta.
The Thai junta leader has invoked his authority under the Interim Constitution to put on hold the process of selecting new members of a law reform agency, saying that the upcoming constitution is already meant to reform the country. On Wednesday, 15 July 2015, the junta’s National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) issued Order No. 20/2015 to stop the process of selecting new committee chairs of the Law Reform Commission of Thailand (LRCT), an independent state agency which promotes legal reforms.
The Thai army commander says that the arrest of 14 embattled anti-junta student activists was unavoidable to prevent further conflicts and warned that people involved with the student activists will face tough measures. According to the Thai News Agency, Gen Udomdech Sitabutr, Commander of the Thai Army and Deputy Defence Minister, said on Saturday that the arrest of 14 anti-junta student activists was necessary to prevent further conflicts in the nation.
Khaosod English: Politicians from Thailand's two rival political camps have been asked by the military junta to attend a forum on its national reform efforts this Friday.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a traditional English proverb.