“Although my position was derived from a military coup, I am running the country in a democratic manner”. Speech to Japanese business people by Generalissimo Prayut, head of the junta that arrests pro-democracy activists, bans political meetings and protests and drags people in for “attitude changes” in military camps. Earlier he also said “ I am a soldier with a democratic heart. I am merely protecting democracy.”
“Thailand attaches great importance to human rights”. Speech by junta General Tanasak Batimabrakorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign affairs, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Meanwhile the junta jailed students for staging a political play and forced them to appear before a military court under lèse majesté charges. But perhaps when he says that they are “attaching great importance to human rights” he means that they are working hard to destroy these rights? Earlier in December General Tanasak said that “We have the support of 4.7 billion people world-wide”. This was after the rulers of various despotic regimes, including China, confirmed good relations with Thailand’s military regime.
“This is not a dictatorship; otherwise we could not be sitting round here discussing (my suitability to give a speech commemorating Puey Ungphakorn).” Yongyut Yuttawong, scientist, ex Minister in the 2006 junta and present junta Deputy Prime Minister. While he was saying this, police were removing a pro-democracy banner from outside the meeting room. Earlier Yongyut saw fit to spend 6.6 million baht of tax payers’ money to produce “Line Stickers” for idiots to download, celebrating Generalissimo Prayut’s “12 Principles of Thai Dictatorship”.
“The appointment of their own relatives by members of parliament to paid advisor and assistant positions is not nepotism or wrong-doing. It is natural for people to appoint those whom they trust.” Bwornsak Uwano, law academic and Chairperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee, commenting on the recent scandal of junta appointed MPs paying members of their own families out of tax-payers’ money. Earlier he said that “it is wrong to talk about appointed senators. They are merely elected by indirect means”.
“We have to explain to foreigners that Western Democracy is all very well, but it isn’t suitable for Thailand and that is why it has never been successful”. Panitarn Wattanayakorn, Chulalongkorn University “academic for hire” by the military.
“We shall take into account people’s activity on social media when appointing new lecturers to the university.” Somkit Lertpaitoon, pro-junta Rector of Thammasart University, who sacked radical academic Somsak Jeamteerasakul, thus depriving him of his pension.