A representative of the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand has urged the public to sympathise with the garland girl who was sacked for giving ‘fake smiles’ to Chinese tourists, adding that her employer should be condemned for a terrible work environment. On 9 May 2018, the Tourist Police summoned a tour hostess (name withheld due to privacy concerns) and forced her to apologise for damaging the tourism image of Thailand.
A woman said she was held involuntarily for three nights and drugged at a state-run mental hospital after encouraging the monarchy’s support for the people at a recent pro-democracy rally. Sasinutta Shinthanawanitch said some 20 police officers from Chanasongkram Police Station led her away from the Saturday rally at Thammasat University for interrogation.
Soldiers and police officers have barred workers holding May Day activities in Pathum Thani from expressing any message urging the junta to hold general elections. On 1 May 2018, the authorities ordered workers in Rangsit District of Pathum Thani Province, to remove all messages related to elections from their May Day rally.
After the seven years of imprisonment, the magazine-editor-turned-majest? convict has been released and vowed to continue his fight for democracy in Thailand. On 30 April 2018, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a royal defamation convict, was released from the Bangkok Remand Prison.
A lawyer organisation has initiated crowdfunding to bail a l?se majest? suspect who witnessed the 2010 military crackdown on the red-shirt protest and who has been in detention for over three years. Winyat Chatmontri, Secretary General of United Lawyers for Rights & Liberty (ULRL), revealed that they are planning to submit another bail request for Natthida ‘Waen’ Miwangpa, a l?se majest? and terrorist suspect.
Citing an order from the military, a private university in Chiang Mai has called off a public seminar on the role of student movements in Thai politics. On 23 April 2018, Yamaruddin Songsiri, an anti-junta student activist, posted on Facebook that the military had ordered Phayao University to cancel the seminar on “the role of students in the country’s development.” The seminar, scheduled for 27 April, was planned by students of Phayao University’s School of Political and Social Science.
One of the oldest communities in Bangkok has declared an end to its almost 25-year-long fight against a plan to turn their homes into a public park. On 22 April 2018, Pom Mahakan residents held a “Farewell Mahakan” event to mark the end of the struggle to protect the community from the demolition plan imposed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
A court in Loei has acquitted seven anti-mine activists of coercing administrative officials and violating the controversial public assembly law. Their actions constituted freedom of expression and were merely to protect their community, said the judge. On 19 April 2018, the Loei Provincial Court dismissed a lawsuit against seven members of the Khon Rak Baan Koed group (KRBK), (translated into English as ‘People Who Love Their Home’).
‘The winners write history,’ said many Thai netizens last week in criticisms of a Thai history textbook which praises the military government for establishing “true democracy” in Thailand. “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister has carried out a policy of reforming the country, reforming politics to be truly a democracy, eliminating corruption and using moral principles to lead the country to be truly a democracy.” This is a direct quote from page 195 of “History of the Thai Nation,” a history textbook published by the Mini
Security officers have interrupted a small protest by Chulalongkorn University student activists who called junta chairman Prayuth Chan-o-cha a ‘dictator.’ On 9 April, four students held up a sign reading ‘Chula people love Prayuth dictator’ outside of the Siam Square One shopping mall as the junta chairman exited a talk on technology and innovation that he gave at the university. Prayut’s guards ripped the sign and started to steer the students away from the area until Prayuth noticed and told his security officials to stop, rep