Politician taken to army base after criticising deputy junta head

Military officers have taken a Pheu Thai Party politician to an army base after he criticised Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and deputy junta leader.

According to Matichon Online, at 10 am on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 10 military officers visited the house of Watana Muangsook, former Minister of Social Development and Human Security of the Pheu Thai Party, and took him to the 11th Military Circle on Rama V Rd., Bangkok.

Prior to his abduction, Watana posted a message on his Facebook profile criticising Gen Prawit after the Deputy Prime Minister on Monday told the media why soldiers were dispatched to monitor Yingluck Shinnawatra, the ex-Prime Minister from the Pheu Thai Party, at a recent funeral she attended.

Gen Prawit said then that the soldiers were dispatched to protect her and they probably took photos of her because she is ‘attractive’.

In response to Gen Prawit’s words, Watana wrote on his Facebook status that such words show that Gen Prawit is sexist.

He implied that Gen Prawit, who is also the President of the War Veterans Organisation of Thailand under Royal Patronage, is involved in allegations of corruption in projects to dredge canals.

He added that Gen Chatichai Choonhavan, former PM from 1988-1991, told him once that politicians must think before they speak.   

“I don’t expect an apology from these people because even though they have taken the power away from the people and created so many problems for the country, they are not ashamed,” wrote Watana.

Watana was among more than 100 politicians who were summoned by the coup-makers after the 2014 coup d’état.

He, like Yingluck, is currently barred from travelling overseas without approval from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

A vocal critic of the junta, he has been repeatedly summoned for discussions with military officers.

Watana Muangsook

Advertisements

Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address: service@prachatai.com, please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”