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    Protests against the Military Dictatorship in Thailand

    Its time to say goodbye, take a hike and join your brothers in arms of the military dictatorships in Myanmar, Mali, Sudan or Chad. Thailand's PM and previous coup leader - general Prayut - has severly damaged Thailand's reputation in the world and he is definitely not capabable to fight the pandemic properly, provide the general public with enough vaccine to avoid Covid-19 related deaths and additional infections, his lack of leadership turns the "Phuket Sandbox" and various other tourism reopening projects into a disaster, he is not able to stop the ongoing economy crisis and end the corruption on multiple military levels.

    This hardliner is the reason for the daily youth protests across Thailand because he refused to step back and accept changes on constitutional issues. His false promises to the public, billions of waisted Thai Baht for projects nobody really needs and the weakness of the Thai currency makes him dangerours for the future of this country !

    The last "free Election" in 2019 was anything except free or fair and designed to prevent the country’s powerful opposition parties from, once again, winning an absolute majority in parliament. The new constitution gave the generals the power to appoint all 250 senators in the upper house, who then vote to elect the prime minister. The list of appointed senators was recently released, and to nobody’s surprise, it is made up the junta’s cronies and members of the army.

    Remember: On the day of the election and the days that followed, it became clear that the military government’s manipulation extended to vote buying, ballot stuffing, and countless other irregularities. Thanks to a partnership with the Facebook-based activist CSI LA, the pro-democracy organisation FORSEA of which I am a co-founder, was able to crowdsource and document thousands of instances of voter fraud sent by concerned citizens from all over the country. The evidence was published in a detailed report, which offers an unprecedented and unequivocal insight into the scale of the election fraud.

    Despite the junta’s efforts, preliminary results showed that a coalition of seven pro-democratic opposition parties won a majority in the lower house of parliament. Pheu Thai, the party backed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, won the largest number of seats in the lower house. More surprisingly, the upstart Future Forward party, created just over a year ago, won over six million votes, becoming the third political force in the country.

    Faced with this embarrassing result, the junta turned to greater repression. The leaders of the Future Forward party, in particular, became the target of trumped-up charges. The party’s leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, will be tried before a military tribunal that will undoubtedly find him guilty. Indeed, Thanathorn is now facing disqualification as an elected member of parliament after the Election Commission accused him of violating the election law over his holding of shares in a media company.

    It took the Election Commission six weeks to review and validate the final election results. Failing to reveal how it calculated the votes, it ensured that opposition parties did not get a majority in the lower house. Amid confusing declarations by the commission and threats of legal challenges, parties are now attempting to form coalitions to break the deadlock. In the past, the competition to form the next government has intensified. The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party has claimed the right to begin forming a government based on the official results of popular votes. Meanwhile, Pheu Thai party is attempting to form an anti-junta coalition and is offering the premiership position to smaller parties to unlock the political stalemate. Thailand is yet again facing a long period of political chaos and uncertainty - due to election manipulations.

    Lurking beneath the electoral crisis is the powerful monarchy. Despite its confined role as stipulated in the constitution, the Thai monarchy has often intervened in politics to strengthen its own position, and King Vajiralongkorn seems to want to play an active role in politics. He interfered to ensure amendments were made to the draft constitution. Most recently, he attempted to influence voters to by advising them to vote for “good people”, a message most people interpreted to mean those aligned with the junta. He also approved the list of senators handpicked by the military government amid a public outcry. The monarchy shares some of the responsibility for the ongoing crisis in Thailand, too.

    Far from restoring democracy, this election was designed to prolong the military rule. Aside from lukewarm criticism by the US and EU urging the junta to resolve election irregularities, the international community has by and large greeted these results with deafening silence and complacency. The international community should firmly contest the results, condemn the manipulation of the vote orchestrated by the military dictatorship, and uphold relations with the Thai government only on the condition that elections are truly free and fair. In these troubled times dominated by populism, hatred and violence, it has never been more important to support democracy in Thailand.
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      Protests against the Military Dictatorship in Thailand

      Its time to say goodbye, take a hike and join your brothers in arms of the military dictatorships in Myanmar, Mali, Sudan or Chad. Thailand's PM and previous coup leader - general Prayut - has severly damaged Thailand's reputation in the world and he is definitely not capabable to fight the pandemic properly, provide the general public with enough vaccine to avoid Covid-19 related deaths and additional infections, his lack of leadership...
      08-22-2021, 10:20 AM
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