Sin­is­ter devel­op­ments in Thai­land are go­ing un­re­marked

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS - Bryan

Re: “Para­noid con­spir­acy the­o­rists have found a saviour in Trump”, Have Your Say, yes­ter­day.

Letters from those who see “Marx­ist Glob­al­ists” lurk­ing in every dark cor­ner, and Don­ald Trump as the saviour of West­ern civil­i­sa­tion are now a prom­i­nent fea­ture of “Have Your Say”, and of course ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion on what­ever sub­jects they wish to high­light. How­ever, it is dis­ap­point­ing, if not en­tirely sur­pris­ing, that in­creas­ingly pe­cu­liar devel­op­ments here in Thai­land so of­ten go un­re­marked.

For ex­am­ple, the 84-year-old so­cial critic Su­lak Si­varaksa has fi­nally been called to a mil­i­tary court to hear a charge of lese ma­jeste for com­ments he made at an aca­demic sem­i­nar in 2014 re­gard­ing King Nare­suan, who reigned in Siam from AD1590 to 1605, and the for­mer Pheu Thai Party politi­cian Watana Muang­sook has been charged with sedi­tion for claim­ing that the plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing the 1932 rev­o­lu­tion which was removed un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances from the Royal Plaza some months ago is a na­tional as­set. These re­ports surely de­serve some at­ten­tion and com­ment, yet si­lence pre­vails.

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