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World rights body warns of ‘turn for the worse’

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World rights body warns of ‘turn for the worse’

By The Nation

 

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Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan

 

New York-based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Thai authorities to investigate renewed attacks on prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and others.
 

New York-based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Thai authorities to investigate renewed attacks on prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and others

 

Ekachai’s car was torched on Monday night after he publicly called for Election Commission members to be impeached.

 

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He accused them of seeking to ensure that junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha remains in office as prime minister after the March 24 election.

On Sunday two unidentified assailants broke into the Samut Prakan home of activist Anurak Jeantawanich and beat him up. 

 

Anurak, who had attended the same protest as Ekachai, suffered minor injuries.

 

“The environment for Thailand’s pro-democracy activists appears to be taking a turn for the worse,” said Brad Adams, Asia director for Human Rights Watch. 

 

“It’s crucial for Thai authorities to fully investigate these incidents, bring the attackers to justice and act promptly to end the deepening climate of fear.”

Ekachai has been repeatedly targeted for more than a year in what appear to be reprisals for his strong public criticism of the ruling junta.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30367055

 

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What a surprise. Not. Steady downhill since 2014 and escalating now.

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The outcome of the election seems certain...

 

The animus towards the opposing parties and their leaders is surprising considering the leader of the country will continue under the military's watchful eyes... 

 

Did I not read back in December that the laws had been loosened to allow opposing parties liberty to speak their minds about the direction of Thailand?

 

Worries me...all the threats of detention...😳

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

World rights body warns of ‘turn for the worse’

That turn in the wrong direction was taken a couple of years ago already.

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A way over the top inflammatory post has been removed.  More post like that will get you suspended.

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2 hours ago, robblok said:

Its indeed unlikely that these were just random members of the public. Could be supporters of the junta or people hired by those in the EC.

Police or soldiers out of uniform carrying out their orders?

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So now the Junta henchmen begin their strike,.... you students who fight so bravely, watch your back as well. Big brother and their henchmen are coming for you as well.....

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2 hours ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Threats from head of the Army this morning too.

 

All shaping up for a reckoning IMO. 

 

See, this is what happens when you support and collude with the military and bureaucracy to undermine the democratic process because you don't get the outcomes you like or someone is becoming more popular than you because his hand-outs are more than yours. 

 

It will all end in tears and has been so predictable since 2005. 

If the EC decide to award the win to the Pro Junta party & keep Prayut in power then expect all sorts of revenge attacks to start around the country.

Many anti-Prayut people will not sit idly by & be dictated to by a rigged election!

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38 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

If the EC decide to award the win to the Pro Junta party & keep Prayut in power then expect all sorts of revenge attacks to start around the country.

Many anti-Prayut people will not sit idly by & be dictated to by a rigged election!

Just a small correction "Many anti-Prayut young people will not sit idly & be dictated by a rigged election". I would say like deja vu 1992. 

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Quite scary rogue and lawless dynamics,  that will definately boost tourism numbers. But for many, they will only learn the hard way, once the harm is done to the economy.

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

If the EC decide to award the win to the Pro Junta party & keep Prayut in power then expect all sorts of revenge attacks to start around the country.

Many anti-Prayut people will not sit idly by & be dictated to by a rigged election!

I am really worried what will happend in the near future !!?? Inbetween 2 mounth !!?? 

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