By Red Eagle (a member of the Thai Alliance for Human Rights)
King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, King of Thailand, inherited the throne from his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was known as the Father of the Most Coups in the World and was secretly called an invisible hand behind the coup and the politics of Thailand during past 70 years.
All Thais know that King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has behaved inappropriately in many ways since he was young. Most of Thais don’t as accept and trust him as they do to the previous King. He is known as a playboy who has many wives and mistresses and was called by his mother, previous queen Sirikit, as “Don Juan of Thailand.” He is also known as a mafia person who has exploited Thais and broken laws continuously publicly. For example, he ordered Junta prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, to edit the Constitution’s laws about the power of the King without a public hearing claiming that this part was not involved with citizens, therefore, it was not necessary to do a public hearing in this case.
He has extremely and directly intervened in the entire system of Buddhism, including organizations, temples, priests and believers. Continue reading
By Narisara Viwatchara
คำพังเพยไทยที่เสี้ยมสอนกันมาตั้งแต่สมัยปู่ย่าตายายดิฉันคิดว่าเป็นคำพังเพยที่ใช้ไม่ได้เห็นแก่ตัวเสี้ยมสอนให้เด็กไม่กล้าท้าทายกับความจริงหรือสิ่งที่ไม่ถูกต้องใช้ไม่ได้กับสมัยปัจจุบันใน ศตวรรษที่ 21 แล้วค่ะ
Thai Paradox and Hypocrisy
By Narisara Viwatchara
Thai elders always teach their children to be obedient no matter what and that , “The dogs won’t bite you!”
On the contrary, despite the wise old saying, in Thailand the dogs will always bite you.
When I was growing up in Thailand, I was taught many Thai proverbs by my teachers and asked to strictly adhere to such maxims.
These gems of common sense included the following:
A man is like the forelegs of an elephant, while a female is like the hind legs.
That’s to say, a woman must always conform, follow and be docile.
Another one similarly plays on the animal motif:
Always follow the elders and the dogs won’t bite you.
Simply, never question the elders and you will be fine.
These are only two of many such teachings that elder Thais have forced on younger generations for ages.
Looking over the above statements, which are still being taught in Thai schools, it’s no wonder Thais are the most passive people in the world. Continue reading
by Ann Norman
Between 2,500 and 3,000 people shared the BBC news article about the new Thai King that Pai Daodin shared on Facebook. Yet only Pai was charged with lese majesty for sharing it. This selective enforcement is easily explained. Those on upper levels of Thailand’s rigid social hierarchy (similar to the racist social heirarchy of the US South prior to the Civil Rights era) are eager to punish leaders in the fight for democracy and respect for human rights (including free speech), such as Pai. Continue reading
By Ann Norman
Full disclosure: Some of my best friends (and plenty more casual friends) are Thai broadcasters in exile who want a Federal state in Thailand, or at least, they want to discuss it as an option and to report the news. Plenty of my friends are the so-called “lese majesty suspects,” ordinary people, liberal and sensible, who stand accused of saying something negative about someone with “royal blood.” They have been accused of stepping over an invisible, pretend line that has no conceivable moral justification in a civilized society. Why do I bring this up? Because the junta very conveniently has just found a weapons stash said to be left behind at the house of an exiled Thai broadcaster who advocates for a Thai Federalist state. Koh Tee, or Ma Noi, had to flee Thailand three years ago after being accused of lese majesty (which, as I just mentioned, is not really a “thing” except in the minds of royalty-supremacists). Koh Tee says the weapons were planted at his house and have nothing to do with him. But having linked the weapons to Koh Tee, at least in people’s minds, these royalty-supremacists are eager to link a now-tainted Koh Tee to all the other exiled opposition leaders they wish to neutralize.
And yes, they are all connected. In fact, everyone who hates this dictatorship is connected in the following ways: We get on the Internet and chat with each other. We meet at conventions and protests. We listen to each other’s broadcasts and read each other’s articles. We criticize the human rights abuses and call out the lies from a junta that is increasingly giving up on even the pretense of democracy. Continue reading
Injustice handed down from on high has a special smell, it makes one feel at once energized with rage, and sick with a feeling of hopelessness.
They want us to believe that there is nothing we can do about the descent into authoritarian servitude that lese majeste is really all about. The stupidity of it all, the great tragedy, the loss of what was once so solid, bright and reassuring about Thailand is all that remains. Memories forgotten by the blind legion of yellow clad zealots. All the while the brutality is reinforced.
I am nobody’s king and nobody is mine. Sooner or later, we have to take sides against Thailand’s lese majeste insanity if we are to remain human, that is, if we want to remain human and want to be seen to be human to an ever increasing number of humans who see Thailand’s behavior as inhuman. — Declan Lakes