Recycled Tragedy of Repression

One would expect the Thai authorities to learn from best practices, especially when they have been conducting repeated damage control (PR they call it) exercises. Obviously not. Throw out the "Lessons Learned" manual, or just let it gather dust. Who cares.

It would not harm the junta's road-map for their alleged democratic reforms, for the 'happiness' of their people, if the generals allowed the ordinary citizens, and in this case mainly young people, to gather peacefully.

Aye, everyone knows the military rules Thailand however suppressing youths (who are the leaders of tomorrow) do not benefit the institution, much less the need of the junta to be seen as legitimate. I'm sure the international community are still observing and concerned about acts of impunity, and these constant detentions. How will Thailand ever regain its reputation when Thais constantly suffer at the hands of those who claim to represent their good interest?

Press and media mobs a student activist who stands at the train entrance.
Picture courtesy: @iLawFX

So now, just like yesterday and the day before that (and so on), its clear that even if the election gets off in 2017, and let's say that Thailand returns to its once glorious democratic roots, does the military expect Thais to pretend that they never suffered from detention, crackdowns, intimidation and repression? 

I also wonder what governments in Southeast Asia are doing about Thailand, and am curious when they will be replicating Thailand's best practices of forcibly introducing this bizarre delusional "happiness" to their population.





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