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. For example, recently he appointed a Buddhist supreme patriarch of the Buddhist priests by himself. It is hard not to think in terms of conspiracy theories since later on the Department of Special Investigation or DSI cordoned off Dhammakaya Temple in order to catch the abbot named Dhammachayo who was accused of receiving stolen money. Even though DSI recently decamped from the temple, Dhammakaya has lost right to have their priest Dhammachayo, including the power or right to administrate their own temple. Basically the King-appointed Buddhist supreme patriarch will have all power to appoint the new priest for Dhammakaya Temple. In general, the King and his network have power to control Buddhism nationwide in both directly and indirectly. Indirectly, most temples in Thailand [other than Dhammakaya], have sent a tribute to the current King and previous Kings in order not to be invaded or bothered, as is happening with Dhammakaya. Moreover, most temples have displayed the picture of the Thai King and Royal Family in their places to symbolize that they are under them and praise them.
Even though Thais are not legally allowed to talk or reveal bad things about His Majesty and royal family, King Vajiralongkorn is gossiped about and is secretly known to be cruel and inhuman. Many of his soldiers and servants in many cases were accused, punished, and killed officially or mysteriously. No family members of victims have been able to accuse or even investigate any cases that the King and his network have been involved with or have backed up. The victims’ families live in a blackout with nightmares their entire lives because of their lost.
Besides wickedness, violence, and inhumanity, King Vajiralongkorn is an absolute monarchy who is so selfish and self-centered. He has done everything for his own benefit. He has never cared about politics or economy. He has no heart for any political prisoner or anybody. He has never cared to bring democracy to the nation. He has never cared about the poverty of Thais. He has never cared about the multiple crises going on in the country, such as, the economics crisis or the disruption of the nation, etc.. He has never done any good things for Thailand or Thai people. His has no attributions or characteristics of a good leader or even human being. The longer he is on his throne, the more suffering and the poorer Thais are going to be.