THAILAND: Attitudes cannot be ‘adjusted’ through force and fear

IT IS difficult to understand why the junta is resorting to arbitrarily detaining its critics to “adjust” their attitudes, when it keeps insisting that its main aim is to bring the country closer to democracy and reconciliation.

What sort of democracy will Thailand end up with if her citizens are not able to express themselves? And how can gagging critics possibly restore harmony?

Last week, the junta detained several politicians and a journalist, taking them to unknown locations to have their attitudes adjusted as they had been too critical of the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). They were released yesterday.

Earlier, a former minister’s passports were revoked because he had criticised the draft charter – the same charter that the junta chief did not like either.

Junta-chief-cum-PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned that anybody voicing dissent will be taken in for attitude adjustment – this is despite the fact that Prayut and his crew know that the international community will attack them for limiting people’s rights and freedom.

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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