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Answering Generalissimo Prayut about democracy

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Recently the dictator Prayut addressed some arrogant and stupid questions to the Thai people about democracy. I shall try to answer them, although I am not convinced he would understand the answers.

  1. Do you think at the next election you will get a government committed to “Good Governance”?

Answer Well, whoever gets elected cannot be worse than the present government made up of uniformed bullies and thugs who have abolished the democratic rights of citizens through violence. This despicable government is headed by yourself, a mass murderer, who is responsible for the deaths of nearly a hundred pro-democracy demonstrators, who were shot in cold blood.

But on the question of “Good Governance”, this is a contested concept, with different people having different ideas about what it means, mainly depending on one’s social class or political perspective. It might come as a surprise to you that some puffed-up murdering general does not have a monopoly on defining “Good Governance”.

  1. If you don’t get a government committed to “Good Governance” what will you do?

Answer It may also be a new concept for you that there are democratic ways to protest against and even remove what the majority of folk regard as a “bad government”. This involves street protests, strikes and the building of mass movements. Those committed to democracy do not wish to call on some tin-pot generals to sort out their political problems for them, despite this being the preferred practice of the whistle-blowing middle classes.

  1. Elections are an important part of the democratic process, but is it enough to just have elections without considering the future of the country, political reform and the need for a national strategic plan?

Answer Free and fair elections are a fundamental part of democracy which you have sought to frustrate and abolish. But yes, just electing the government is not enough. We need to elect the Head of State, top judges, generals and CEOs of companies. Without such elections for all public offices, there is a danger of having an unelected king who is a moron and only interested in his own pleasure. Without electing judges and generals there is a risk of having a biased and unaccountable judiciary and military men who are megalomaniacs. Without electing those who make investment decisions we can only have half a democracy.

Your junta’s so-called reforms are merely an excuse to restrict the democratic space and pave the way for your dream of Guided Democracy.

Again, the question of what constitutes “reforms” and what is a good plan for the country depends on your class and political persuasion. The fact that you fail to grasp this basic democratic concept probably means that you are long over-due for an “Attitude Changing Session” in a boot camp run by democratic citizens.

  1. Do you think that “bad” politicians should have the right to stand for elections and if they get elected who will step in to solve the problem?

Answer One thing is clear. Murdering military men who stage coups and have no respect for the democratic rights of citizens and who use their power to line their own pockets should never be allowed to run the country. Unfortunately that is the exact description of your junta. The fact that you claim to be a “good person” merely reinforces the fact that the definition of good and bad politicians depends on where you stand. These things need to be debated openly so that the mature and thoughtful citizens of this country can consider who they want in government and if they are disappointed with those they elect, they can throw them out and elect someone else. The last thing we need is for some egotistical military thugs to shoot their way into office, claiming that they are “saving the country”!!

Powerful idiots like Prayut are not used to the ideas of freedom and democracy, having grown-up in a military bubble. But if he is so cock-sure of himself, why doesn’t he stand in a free and fair election?

A regime built upon corpses

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

The present Thai military dictatorship, which came to power 3 years ago, is not only built upon the corpse of Thai freedom and democracy, it is also built upon the real human corpses of those gunned down on the streets of Bangkok.

In response to a Red Shirt pro-democracy protest, which started on 14th March 2010, the army leadership, which included present dictator Generalissimo Prayut, and the military appointed Abhisit government, started to massacred unarmed demonstrators in cold blood. The Red Shirt protesters were demanding genuine democratic elections after the military, the judges and other elites, had removed a democratically elected government for the second time since 2006.

The military deployed the Queen’s Guard troops from the Second Infantry Division, under the command of General Prayut Chano-cha, to carry out a night time suppression operation. Company-sized army groups took up positions directly facing the Red Shirt crowd at the Democracy Monument and Khok Wua Intersection, where a standoff ensued for more than an hour. Troops fired live ammunition above the crowd, including heavy .50 calibre machine guns, together with sporadic live fire directly into the crowd.

The specific objectives of the 10th April operation, near the Democracy Monument, were to terrorise the demonstrators, assassinate the Red Shirt leaders, and suppress the Red Shirt movement. Contrary to common perception, the strategy was not to disperse the demonstrators. Rather, the operational strategy was to concentrate the demonstrators in a confined area, provoke the crowd to violence in order to create a perceived need for self-defence, and open fire.

The military opened fire on unarmed demonstrators who posed no threat to the soldiers. At most the demonstrators were throwing plastic bottles at the troops. Twenty-one civilians died and 600 were injured in this initial crack-down. Five soldiers were also killed when an M67 military grenade was rolled into the command post from behind army lines, probably by a rival military group. Yet this first army operation did not achieve its aim. The Redshirts managed to seize a couple of APCs and the Red Shirt protests continued for another month into May.

After the military operation on Rachadamnoen Avenue on April 10th failed to end the Red Shirt demonstrations, the army turned its attention to suppressing the demonstrations that had now concentrated at the Ratchaprasong Intersection. The army’s plan called for establishing a “free fire” perimeter around the area. During the period between May 13th and May 19th, the army deployed troops from the Second Cavalry Division and the First Infantry Division to seal off the Bon Kai area south of Ratchaprasong, and the Din Dang and Rajaprarop areas north of Ratchaprasong. Again, snipers were deployed from buildings, using live ammunition. Although the official orders were to shoot threatening targets only, the actual orders for the commanding officers, which were unwritten, were to: (1) shoot all moving targets, regardless of threat level; (2) prevent any photographic or video evidence by shooting neutral foreign press photographers; and (3) prevent the removal of any bodies. These orders signified that troops were permitted to kill any person they wished, which allowed for the shootings of civilians and medical personnel at the Wat Patumwanaram temple on the evening of the 19th May. Claims that the Red Shirts were also armed with automatic weapons are not supported by any evidence of captured weapons or deaths or bullet injuries of any soldiers at Ratchaprasong.

There is overwhelming photographic and documentary evidence that the military and the government ordered the killing of unarmed Red Shirts by bringing in tanks, heavily armed soldiers and snipers to crush the pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok. Nearly 90 unarmed civilians, including paramedics and foreign journalists were shot by snipers in the “free-fire zones” set up by the Military.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and all government representatives at the time repeatedly denied that pro-democracy demonstrators had been deliberately shot down by soldiers. Deputy Prime Minister Sutep Tuaksuban told the media in March 2011 that the government “had not killed anyone” and that the Red Shirts had “run into the bullets themselves”.  Army Commander General Prayut denied that the Army shot anyone. An official report revealed that the military had used 117,923 bullets against Red Shirts in April and May, 2120 of which were sniper bullets. No military or government official has ever been jailed and General Prayut is now Thailand’s self-appointed Prime Minister.

Let them eat cake!!

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Generalissimo Prayut has been frothing at the mouth about the poor. The junta’s idea about dealing with poverty was to make poor people go through the demeaning process of registering themselves as “poor” in order to receive small miserable payments. This year about 13 million people registered. At the same time, the junta has made attempts to cut the minimum wage and cut spending on health and education.

Millionaire dictator Prayut (worth 129 million baht three years ago) helped himself to state funded salaries by seizing power in a military coup. Top Thai generals grab much more than their military salaries by giving themselves multiple paid positions and creaming off percentages from arms purchases and other under the table activities.

Yet Prayut had the gall to give a lecture to the poor. The poor, he said, need to change their life-styles and stop being “lazy”. He ranted that the country could not afford to look after the poor. This is at a time when the junta’s cronies have been helping themselves to salaries for doing nothing, while never attending meetings. No doubt they have been “hard at work” lining their own pockets with various corrupt business dealings and state paid foreign shopping trips.

In the same week megalomaniac Prayut ranted about nurses. Thousands of nurses have been protesting because they are sick and tired of their temporary contracts and low pay. Their main demand is to be appointed as permanent state employees. At the same time, two thousand temporary staff at the Ministry of Justice are facing uncertainty about their futures.

Prayut harangued the nurses, asking them if they thought they were the only people who worked hard. He shouted that the country couldn’t afford to give everyone permanent jobs. The military then announced that they were in the process of buying some more tanks. This is after huge sums were spent on buying Chinese submarines. The junta are also spending millions on the late king’s funeral and the new king is enjoying himself flitting around in his own state funded airliner between his palace in Germany and royal palaces in Thailand.

Over the last three years since Prayut’s coup, military spending has sky-rocketed, increasing every year by huge amounts. Currently the military budget stands at 222 billion baht, more than the government spends on public health.

After the nurses protested, the Ministry of Health promised to gradually appoint some of them to permanent posts over a period of 3 years. This falls short of the nurses’ demands, but it does show that mass protests are effective and still possible if people have the determination.

After threatening to shut down Facebook unless they censored articles and pictures which the junta do not like, Prayut gave a TV lecture on the need for Thai people to “think outside the box”. He claimed that the government was doing all that it could to develop the use of the internet! In reality anyone daring to think outside the junta’s box faces being dragged off for “attitude changing sessions” in secret military camps and also being imprisoned under the draconian lèse-majesté law. Merely asking in public about the missing 1932 revolution plaque, or attempting to commemorate Prayut’s massacre of Red Shirt pro-democracy demonstrators in 2010, has resulted in arrests.

This is indeed a lying, corrupt and hypocritical authoritarian regime.

Thai junta behaving more and more like royalty

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Having bullied and threatened the population into accepting its authoritarian constitution, the Thai military is busy expanding its political influence in order to dominate political society in the decades to come.

Already, each area of government is dominated by military personnel, either directly or indirectly. Apart from dominating the cabinet, soldiers are in charge of administrating matters in the provinces, acting to suppressing dissidents, acting like police officers, supposedly “solving” local disputes, and overseeing development projects. The junta have also used its dictatorial powers to transfer various officials and replace them with pro-junta cronies.

The process involves much nepotism and corruption, both legal and illegal. It is a great time to be in the military. The opportunities for rich picking abound.

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Added to this is the process of acting more and more like royalty and political celebrities. This process started some time ago with the egotistical General Prayut who gave himself supreme and unchecked powers. He also started to behave as though he himself was the king, with only a brief nod to the incapacitated invalid Pumipon.

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Recent pictures from the north of Thailand show the wife of Prayut’s younger brother opening a small dam which she is supposed to have “graciously given” to the local people. Like royalty, she doesn’t seem to be able to walk herself and a large banner proclaims her generosity. Officials are seen fawning around her. It is a mini version of all the nonsense surrounding the King’s rural development works, and also shows an attempt to establish the military as a benefactor to the people. This would be useful in any future elections where the military might wish to set up its own political party.

Latest reports, however, indicate that this expensive dam has been washed away by heavy rain.

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Water tanks for the peasants paid for out of public funds carrying the names of Prayut’s brother and his wife

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Of course Prayut’s younger brother was promoted to a command position by the Generalissimo himself. Other relatives of top generals have also benefited from the destruction of democracy. Prayut’s nephew, the son of this same younger brother, is in charge of a company which has been involved in 11 government contracts worth 155,603,000 baht. Naturally, this and the various military coups were carried out with the aim of eradicating corruption and political bribes to the people by politicians.

Prayut greets long-lost relative
Prayut greets long-lost relative

On further consideration, the generals are not very dissimilar from the royals. They both share qualities of self-delusion, greed, the belief in their “devine right” to govern without ever being elected, and tendencies towards bullying mixed with stupidity.

Meanwhile the generals have just published their budget for 2017. The Ministry of Defence and Police get 312 billion baht while the
Ministry of Health gets less than half that amount at 126 billion baht. No mystery about their priorities here!

The mad ravings of His Excellency

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Prachatai news website[1] has collected a sample of the mad ravings of His Excellency Generalissimo Prayut, Head Coupster and Almighty Ruler of Thailand. Here are some examples.

On the high price of seafood for the consumer: “If you can’t afford it eat something else and let rich people eat seafood. We don’t have to have equality. If you want to eat expensive food you have to work harder to earn the money.” His Excellency is explaining that most common citizens are just undeserving scum and need stay in their place. Meanwhile the hard-working generals continue to enjoy seafood and multiple fat salaries.

When lemons and limes became expensive: “Just grow your own in a pot and stop complaining. People have to learn to help themselves.” The Generalissimo is urging people to follow his example of helping himself to power and money.

Three wise thoughts on the problems of drought: “We’ve spent a lot of time destroying forests.” Obviously Our Dear Leader is talking about corrupt military officials and business friends who control the illegal logging racket….. “You need plant more trees and move down from the source of water in the mountains. If people leave the forest alone he (sic) will get bigger, but the problem is we don’t have water and nothing will grow.”

“We shall be getting Royal Rain to fall above the dams, but people should also dig wells”…. One wonders why HM King hasn’t solved the problem on a permanent basis.

Also on the problems of drought: “Farmers should try other things apart from rice and vegetables. People should farm grasshoppers to eat because they are high in protein. They should also farm earth worms for sale.”

During a speech to young Thais living in the U.S.A., who were visiting the home land, the General said that: “If farmers cannot grow rice they need to grow medicinal plants which yield a higher profit. However, our rice is still good. In the past we made mistakes because we did not understand the importance of making farmers stronger. His Majesty the King has graciously taught us that to make people stronger we need to teach people how to fish, not give the fish to them.” It is doubtful whether HM King or the wise General even know how to fish themselves…

On the problems of low prices for rubber: “It’s not as easy as people say to solve this problem. What I want people to do is to buy rubber mattresses. But if people insist of continuing to grow rubber, you’ll have to sell it on Mars.”

On the appalling rape and murder of British tourists on Ko Tao: “I ask you, if you wear a bikini in Thailand will you be safe? Only if you are not beautiful…” Meanwhile the junta is overseeing a gross miscarriage of justice by putting two innocent Burmese migrants on trial for this crime.

On the demand for an increase in the minimum wage to 360 baht per day, the Almighty Leader excelled himself: “I ask you; what is the total wage bill for the country? How much more money will we have to use? If we increase the minimum wage, do you want us to stop doing anything else? On every issue we must strengthen the framework so that we can raise the inner framework. It’s not just a case of raising the inner framework without considering other things. Is the country strong enough? Where will money be invested? … We’re all poor, don’t start agitating. We’re waiting for investment. The 300 baht minimum wage level was bad enough. It is a barrier to investment. Who introduced this level of minimum wage? I can’t agree to this. We don’t have the money.” …. But of course the Generalissimo does have the money for two very expensive submarines and other weapons for the boys… and also for hefty pay increases for the military.

On the “problem” of “motorcycle youth” the General once again consulted HM Pumipon: “They didn’t stick to the King’s Sufficiency Economy teachings”.

When people discuss the fact that there are economic problems: “Just don’t believe them.” …. Otherwise we shall have to haul you in for an Attitude Change?

And finally, to the media: “I wasn’t elected, so don’t criticise me. Your job is to raise (junta-approved) consciousness, not just to give facts.”

The question is why can this self-opinionated murdering megalomaniac get away with these embarrassing rants? Why must he claim to have an idiotic answer for everything? Why can he not speak Thai properly and string together a coherent sentence? The answer is that he is unaccountable to anyone because he holds power by the gun and is supported by fawning members of the middle-classes and the elites…. But ordinary folk are “too stupid” to deserve the right to vote?

[1] http://www.prachatai.com/

Thailand under the junta: the bull-shit continues

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

The much discredited “anti-corruption commission” has accused former Prime Minister Yingluk and 34 former government ministers of acting illegally by allocating government funds to compensate those affected by the political crisis between 2005 and 2010. This will be another useful weapon in the junta’s arsenal against Pua Thai politicians. According to the junta’s draft constitution, if Yingluk and these ministers are found “guilty” in some kangaroo court, they could be banned from politics for life.

A day later the anti-corruption commission accused Sutep Tuaksuban, head anti-election mobster, of misuse of funds to build police stations during the Abhisit government. However, Abhisit has so far not been accused of wrong-doing. Neither have any other Democrat Party former ministers. It will be interesting to see if Sutep is eventually cleared or whether he is sacrificed to create a false image of impartiality for the anti-corruption commission.

A group of “activists”, relatives of some of the pro-democracy demonstrators killed by soldiers in May 1992, have invited Generalissimo Prayut to attend a memorial to commemorate the deaths. This just shows that prolonged periods of military rule and junta bull-shit can soften some people’s heads. Prayut himself is guilty of ordering the shooting of ninety unarmed redshirt protesters in 2010. There is a long tradition of junta leaders in Thailand with blood-stained hands. The previous junta head following the first anti-Taksin coup in 2006, General Surayut, had previously led groups of troops on a rampage of violence in May 1992, including the wanton destruction of a field hospital set up by volunteers in the Royal Hotel. One of the key demands of the demonstrators in 1992 was to ensure that any future Prime Minister had to be an elected MP. Prayut and his cronies, in their draft constitution, have now proposed that the Prime Minister no longer needs to be an elected MP.

Meanwhile a commemorative seminar to discuss the May 1992 uprising, organised by the pro-democracy “Foundation for Democracy Heroes”, has been closed down after being raided by troops.

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In the south, student activists in Yala have complained that they are being subjected to repeated police raids. In the latest occurrence they were photographed and their identity card numbers recorded. This is despite the fact that the police failed to charge them with any offences. The junta has increased tension in the south with more extrajudicial killings of Malay Muslims.

The reactionary dross of Thai society, the “Waste Collection Organisation”, has been busy once again with its witch-hunting activities. They have laid an accusation of lèse-majesté against another free-thinking Facebook user. These witch-hunters have been given a boost by Generalissimo Prayut himself, who in early May stated that “we must sweep the human rubbish out of our country”. He was referring to his political opponents.

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In the southern province of Nakorn Sitamarat, the director of a secondary school has come out to defend the fact that students were punished by making them lie down in the hot sun.

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Their “crimes” had been to turn up late for hazing sessions for new students. The director went on to say that the brutal seniority system had many positive qualities. No doubt one of these qualities would be to prepare students for a life of unquestioning obedience to the military and the ruling elites.

Have a happy New Year you Serfs!! Eat Generalissimo Prayut’s 12 Principles!

  1. Uphold the institution of the Thai Military, the key institution of      the Universe. If you insult the army you can go to prison.
  2. Respect the laws of the land; don’t do as I do, do as I say. It’s OK for me to murder unarmed protesters and tear up the constitution after a military coup, but if you do the 3-fingered salute you go straight to jail on lese-Prayut charges.
  1. Always be respectful of your betters who saved you from evil democracy, especially ME.
  1. You don’t have a father or mother, the King and the Queen begat you and they are your real father and mother. Promiscuity runs in the royal family.
  1. Always seek to learn everything parrot-fashion, never think for yourself. Ignorance is Strength.
  1. Treasure all Thai traditions. Spend as much time as possible on your knees or crawling on all fours. Don’t look me in the eye.
  1. Be greedy and grasping in the best traditions of the Great Rich Man who invented the Sufficiency Economy.
  1. Learn by heart that “Democracy and Reform grow out of the barrel of a tank”. Assist the various reptiles in my pay who are drafting the new Wonderland Constitution.
  1. Maintain Hitler-Youth-style discipline. DO AS YOU ARE TOLD! Otherwise, I’ll call you in for a water-board assisted “attitude change”.
  1. Be conscious and mindful of your actions in line with the teachings of our Dear Leader Generalissimo Prayut.
  1. Maintain an unyielding attitude to the dark forces of the evil Taksin devil. Remember that Buddhism allows you to lie, to kill, and to steal other people’s human rights so long as it is part of the Holy War against Taksin.
  1. Put MY interests and the interests of our Glorious Military above your personal interests.

 Happy New Year, you ignorant serfs!!

Deputy Prime Minister and “Scientist for Hire” by the Thai military junta, Yongyut Yuttawong, has seen 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”.

Yongyut Yuttawong, lapdog of the militaryjunta
Yongyut Yuttawong, lapdog of the militaryjunta

 

For the official version of Prayut’s 12 pontifications, see: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1419235215&section=11

Prayut is such an arrogant and rude scum-bag that he thinks little of abusing reporters. In the picture below he throws a banana skin at a group of reporters…. and he has the gall to think he can teach us anything.

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