Thai Police Chief Also Vows to ‘Personally’ Crack Down on Anti-Monarchy, Rotten ‘Tomatoes’

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 2, 2010 After the commander-in-chief of the Thai army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha insisted over and over again that his top priority task is to protect the monarchy, national police chief Wichean Potephosree didn’t want to be outdone and has announced this: The police chief warned that those trying to … Continue reading Thai Police Chief Also Vows to ‘Personally’ Crack Down on Anti-Monarchy, Rotten ‘Tomatoes’

Pongpat’s Acceptance Speech – A Lèse Majesté Case?

Note: This article was originally published on July 31, 2010 in a series of guest blogger posts for Bangkok Pundit at AsianCorrespondent. On May 16, when the street battles between the soldiers and the anti-government protestors were bringing large parts of Bangkok to a grinding halt for days already, elsewhere life went on as nothing has happened … Continue reading Pongpat’s Acceptance Speech – A Lèse Majesté Case?

The Unbelievable Rise of Col. Sansern’s Popularity

Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd at work (Screenshot from CRES announcement, May 16) Let’s make this short: there are many things that I cannot simply understand! This is one of them. For some incomprehensible reason Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, military spokesperson and as seen on dozens of CRES TV announcements during the red shirt riots in earlier this year, has … Continue reading The Unbelievable Rise of Col. Sansern’s Popularity

Nothing Clear On The ‘Roadmap to Reconciliation’ Yet, Reds Still To Stay

After a day of relative political silence due to coronation day and thus a public holiday on Wednesday, the battle of words broke out again on Thursday as the red shirts as well as the PAD (the yellow shirts) have voiced their doubts or rejection of Abhisit’s ‘roadmap to reconciliation’ offer. Whilethe prime minister was … Continue reading Nothing Clear On The ‘Roadmap to Reconciliation’ Yet, Reds Still To Stay

“Stupid Foreigners…!”

The Nation has put up an article that can only be described as simply astonishing. The international community is showing varying degrees of understanding concerning the political situation in Thailand. There are two groups – those who reside outside the Kingdom and are looking in through a somewhat distorted lens, and the Bangkok-based foreign community, … Continue reading “Stupid Foreigners…!”

A Thai History of Violence About to Repeat Itself?

“The level of hate in Thailand” (picture courtesy of Mark MacKinnon) The Economist has yet another article about Thailand that might caused the magazine not to appear on the newsstands there. While there was one topic that certainly was the main reason for the non-distrubuting, the other one is worth discussing in my opinion. Key … Continue reading A Thai History of Violence About to Repeat Itself?

Thai Gov Responds to Aung San Suu Kyi’s Comments, Hilarity Ensues

Thailand’s political crisis shows that a constitution drawn up by the military can never deliver stability, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday, according to her party. (…) ‘A new government coming to power under a constitution drawn up by the military will never be stable,’ he cited her as saying. ‘We do … Continue reading Thai Gov Responds to Aung San Suu Kyi’s Comments, Hilarity Ensues