The bold symbol of opposition to the monarchy was gone a day after it was installed.
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I cant imagine any plaques not attached to private property, is the area it was placed private?, being allowed to stay put in any country.
What does seem to be permited at least around here is posters for lost cats so maybe they could put up lots of lost plaque posters with a large pic of said plaque.
Peaceful protest is good and healthy as long as it stays that way, and as long as the protesters respect democracy in that they have their say in the ballot box and accept the result if it isn't what they want. That does seem to be an issue with many Thais, they don't understand that concept.
And dont get me started on our own first past the post system..
I think it it you Ray that does not understand. Thais do not have democracy. They may occasionally have a vote, but if they vote for the "wrong" people the result is cancelled and the military take over. Which is the current situation. Any one who complains is liable to end up in prison or worse still “disappears”.
aka Spud / aka MF
I remember the news showing the Thai king isolating himself in an alpine hotel with a harem of 20 women amid a pandemic. funny)
It was a sham election designed to democratise Thailands Government. What Prayet and other want is capitalism under a one party state (preferably a military one), such as they have in China, Laos and what Hun Sen is seeking to achieve by despotic means in Cambodia. Which is why the EU have cut funding to Cambodia, which Hun Sen is no longer too fussed about, as he can turn to China instead, although that might cause a rift with Vietnam. It's all getting a bit messy really!
I sometimes wonder if its a Thai “face” thing. They don't like to admit that they have no control over who runs their country. Instead they seem to prefer putting their energy in to exalting the Thai monarchy. Or perhaps they think that the military does a better job than the average corrupt elected government would do?
aka Spud / aka MF
Perhaps it could be said that democracy is not allowed to work in Thailand. The elite like the status qua and want the hoi polloi to stay in there place.
I have to say though I'm not that enamoured with most western democracy's, particularly with the US – which is possibly the most financially corrupt institution on earth.
aka Spud / aka MF
I agree Manfarang. It seems strange to me to argue ...
Democracy clearly doesn't work in Thailand, as evidenced by the number of military coups in the past. So yes, it may be that a military junta is the best thing for Thailand unless the population as a whole gets what democracy is all about.
Possibly it is the Military that is at fault for not permitting democracy not the people for wanting it?
And the overwhelming evidence is that Thais do want democracy. The problem is they won't vote for who the establishment want, which is why the the state has used everything in its power to change the majority decision, whether via coups or judicial judgements to depose prime ministers, to outlawing and banning political parties and more.
But equally, they have probably never been more unpopular.
Land of a thousand generals it appears to also be known as.
Cut and paste from Google search.
The Thai military has more than 1,700 flag officers (generals and admirals), roughly one general for every 212 troops, a bloated number for a military of its size.
About to get a new one too as there's a opening due to retirement.
Wonder how many have ever seen active service.. Answers on a postage stamp.
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However the admirals have a much greater chance of seeing 'active' service - going for a ride in a submarine counts I would've thought. There must be a few a mite chocker the plan to buy a couple more's fallen through.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Tur...ublic-backlashThai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has delayed the purchase of China-made military submarines for a year after public opposition sparked a reversal of a controversial funding decision.
Germany says Thai king cannot rule from there
By Reuters Staff
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s foreign minister has said that Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be conducting politics from the European country, where he spends much of his time.
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Infraction points Even though Reuters and author quoted Hmmm,