Submitted on Thu, 2014-11-20 15:30
The military demanded an Isan environmental activist to shut down his personal Facebook and a campaigning Facebook on the controversial Pak Moon Dam and order him to report in. The activists defied, however.
Kritsakorn Silarak, an activist from People’ Movement for Just Society (P-Move) revealed that he received phone calls from a military officer twice on Monday night and the following day, who intimidated him to close a community Facebook profile called “Together, lets open the gates of Pak Moon Dam forever”, citing that the page brings discomfort to the authority.
The military also ordered him to close down his personal Facebook profile ‘Paijit Silarak’.
The military also summon him to Sappasit Prasong Military Camp in Ubon Ratchathani Province on Thursday. However, he told Prachatai that he would not report in.
Pak Moon Dam is a dam located on the confluence of Moon River in Ubon Ratchathani Province of Thailand’s Northeast, which was completed in 1994. The dam displaced approximately 3,000 families and affected ten of thousands more along the stream since it caused the massive reduction of fish stocks in the river.
Kritsakorn added that the military also ordered him to come to the military camp and close down his personal Facebook page named ‘Paijit Silarak’ cited that has inappropriate content as well.
The activist, however, did not close down the page and told the authority that the Pak Moon Dam community page is harmless to the junta because and that he forgot the password and email of this personal email, which he stopped activating it a while ago.
He further stated publicly that the authority’s measures to cover up the facts and people’s perspectives are not compatible with the present day of the world
The intimidation started only a day before students in Kasetsart University in Bangkok organized rally against the construction of Mae Wong Dam, which was forced, cancelled by the police.