Whether the ongoing #ThaiProtests2020 will achieve the goals remains to be seen. But so far the movement has made a significant impact on Thai social and political discourse. The issue of monarchy and crown property is now being openly and directly discussed on mainstream media.
The issue of Crown Property has been featured by major outlets like @Thairath_TV and @ThaiPBS. Editor of @sameskybooks (the publisher raided by police weeks ago for publishing monarchy-related books) was invited to a debate on the hottest Thai Rath TV show.
This article by @workpointTODAY explains Crown Property, how it came about, how royal assets were managed under absolute monarchy, how that changed and was invested in Rama 5 reign, how it was managed in Rama 9, and how it changed again under Rama 10. workpointtoday.com/explainer-10/
One day ahead of this big protest, a key figure ‘Toto’, leader of protest guard volunteers We Volunteer (WeVo) was arrested under arrest warrant for sedition & computer crime for a protest in August in Udon. ‘Toto’ has been taken to Udon. #ม็อบ25พฤศจิกาmatichon.co.th/local/crime/ne…
List of titles confiscated by police (4 books + latest edition of Same Sky Magazine. I have 3 out of 5. 📚🤓😁)
Note: At the last BKK Book Fair, police visited Same Sky booth and bought some books. ”Hey, if you don’t like books, write a bad review. Not raid the publisher!😝”
@sameskybooks confiscated by police. All four are scholarly books by critical Thai historians. 1) + 2): on 1932 Revolution & roles of military, royalist elites & US post 1932-Cold War by Natthaphol Jaijing 3) + 4) about monarchy in politics, hyper-royalism by Thongchai Winichakul
Update from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights @TLHR2014 on arrests of protesters, 13-18 Oct:
• >80 arrested, incl. 2 minors
• 27 in prison (denied bail)
• 8 detained for investigation
All in 5 provinces (BKK, Pathumthani, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Ubon) #WhatsHappeningInThailand
*Correction: Arrests during 13-17 midnight, not 13-18 Oct.
Meanwhile, pro-junta, ultra-royalist media in the Nation Group (Thailand’s equivalent of Fox News + InfoWars) that keep spewing fake news and hate speech on the daily basis has never got even a slap on the wrist, let alone a blackout. Disgusting.
Background on blacked out media:
• @VoiceTVOfficial - its biggest sin is being owned by son of Thaksin (biased? maybe, but not half as much as Nation); long suffering countless bans & blackouts
• @prachatai - online outlet news site, has had fair share of persecution /cont.
Thread: I have collected tweets of protest images from across Thailand going on in parallel with the major protests in Bangkok. (It’s not a complete list. Pretty sure some are missing.) #ม็อบ18ตุลา#WhatsHappeningInThailand
Several people have observed and commented that mainstream #ThaiMedia reports on the current youth-led protests have become more professional and straightforward (as opposed to with typical slant, bias, laziness, or self-censorship like before). #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
Apparently @BangkokPostNews, once a newspaper of record in the English language for Thailand, is not among the mainstream media appreciated for the coverage of ongoing protests. (To think Thai Rath is now doing a better job than the Bangkok Post. 😣) #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
No. 1 hashtag right now is #Saveหมอทศพร about a doctor who advised protesters on what to do if they were sprayed with water (with irritants) and tear gas. (He also gave the police an earful.) He was arrested today. #ม็อบ17ตุลา#WhatsHappeninglnThailand
Hundreds of Thai physicians issued a statement against use of water cannons against protesters. They call for hospitals to be a safe zone, healthcare professionals to be protected to provide service fairly to all & govt to open space for different views. #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
This is an excellent interview with some leaders (5 girls) of school student protests. All say school is a closed space for critical thinking and questioning, a reflection of authoritarian culture that they want to change. #WhatsHappeningInThailandthe101.world/students-movem…
The intellect of these school kids no older than 18 is impressive. They see structural problems in unfair punishments at school (e.g. for hair-dress code violations) and teachers’ impunity, how school authoritarian culture is linked to politics and affects their lives and future.
“The school is a mirror of the state. Teachers represent power. Pupils are citizens oppressed by power in many situations. When pupils create a space for discussion, we realize the unfairness. For example, teachers don’t need to follow certain school rules but pupils must...”