Govt fights ‘anti-Royal’ elements-PPT

June 16, 2010

The fight is against republicans

Political Prisoners in Thailand: June 14, 2010

Just in case you were wondering what the real fight has been about, a seminar on national security at the National Defence College has been reminded.

The TAN Network reports that the meeting of security officials and academics was told “a movement to overthrow the Monarchy exists in Thailand, supported by former communists and advocates of a presidential system.” These comments came from Senator Suthep Suksa-nguan, a former policeman and appointed to the Senate as a representative of the state sector in 2008.  At the time, The Nation reported on appointed senators: “An NLA source, who asked not to be named, said the selected senators were seen as the Council for National Security’s representatives and supporters to balance the Samak government’s power…”.

Suthep claimed that there “are two major groups that support the anti-monarchy movement. He said one group are former members of the communist movement and the other are those who want to install a presidential system.” He added that these “groups will employ various strategies to undermine the people’s loyalty to the Monarchy, create rumors to tarnish the image of the royal institution or misinform the public.”

So maybe this is going to be a “line” from the royalists for a while. After all, they seem to have managed to convince one senior U.S. senator of it. Such a line will also be used for further censorship and repression.

Suthep doesn’t think more than 10% of the population are disloyal to the monarchy, so presumably that small percentage can be hunted down and repressed.

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