- Posted July 22, 2014 by
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Thai military declares coup
2 Months of Thai Army Rule
The junta, or what it prefers to call itself, "National Council for Peace and Order" has built a reputation of detention without trial, prosecution of civilians in military court, harassment of the media, intimidation of university students and the academic circles and virtually ruled by notoriety.
Many do not want to openly talk about the junta, unless to sing praises of the generals and echo the songs of unity. Many fear of repercussion, which usually involves a summon, an arrest or disappearance. The junta has planned the coup deliberately with a vast understanding of how to silence dissent.
A 48-article charter was approved and posted on the website of the Royal Gazette yesterday. The drafting of the new constitution is already on its way and the junta has placed harsh limitations on what the army wants to see in a legislative body. There is no substance of democracy in the work.
I worry too much about the conditions in Thailand. I fear this is the tip of the ice berg because the junta is conditioning the social and political context into a show controlled by puppeteers.