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<p dir="ltr">The network of Thai poor people pressed the junta to rethink about its forest protection policies and come up with strategies to reduce prevalent socio-economic inequity in Thai society at the first official meeting between the group and the junta. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>The junta leader has admitted that one of the prime goals of the controversial digital economy bills is to catch lèse majesté suspects and did not deny reports concerning Thai authorities’ implementation of software for mass surveillance.</p> <p>At Government House on Thursday morning, Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader, revealed to the press that among the prime objectives of the controversial Digital Economy Bill and Cyber Security Bill is a crackdown on online lèse majesté content.</p>
<p>Human rights groups and NGOs based in Thailand’s North East denounced the legitimacy of the coup makers and the authoritarian regime of the military government, arguing that reform cannot be carried out without public participation.</p>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href=";typecate=06&amp;section=">Khaosod English</a> reported on Monday that spokesperson of the military junta has rejected the revelation by the former anti-government protest leader that the army has been seeking to overthrow the previous government for years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), reportedly told his supporters over the weekend that he been closely coordinating with army chief and coupmaker Gen. </div>
<p>A letter written by Tharathorn Boongam-anong, 16-year-old daughter of Sombat Boongam-anong</p> <p></p>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>The following is the statement by Gen. Prayuth Chan-cha on Monday morning after the King appointed him as the head of the&nbsp;National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). This is an unofficial translation by Prachatai.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I appreciate HM the King’s mercy. I’ll do my best after this. Getting the royal endorsement is the way in which I follow the custom which has been the practice, both in normal times and during crisis. This is an administration under the royal command and which follows the law. </div>
By Pravit Rojanaphruk @PravitR |
By Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation |
<p>There are times when observers will be tempted to ask if Thai society is corrupt in its thinking and morally bankrupt beyond redemption. Consider the following examples:</p> <p>New Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday promoted dozens of Army officers who had taken part in the April-May crackdown on red shirts, which resulted in 91 deaths, even though the government appointed fact-finding panel looking into these deaths is nowhere close to providing details on the exact circumstances on each.</p>