Another Dark Day in JuntaLand.
About half a dozen soldiers took education minister Chaturon Chaisang into custody in a chaotic scene at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, where he had just finished giving a surprise news conference. Welcome to JuntaLand.
When the news conference was finished and Chaturon was being interviewed by Thai journalists, soldiers entered the room, surrounded him and escorted him out through a crowd of reporters.
Before being hustled into an elevator, Chaturon said: “I’m not afraid. If I was afraid, I wouldn’t be here.”
Chaturon called for elections and warned that resistance to the army overthrow could grow, which could lead to “a disaster for this country”.
Before his detention Chaturon said a “coup d’etat is not a solution to the problems or conflicts in Thai society, but will make the conflicts even worse”.
He said he would not resist arrest or go underground, but since he did not “accept the coup, I could not report to those who staged it”.
“I still insist to use my own rights and liberty to call for returning the country to democracy”
Taylor Swift Cancelled her Tour in Thailand, because of the Military Coup. Come on Swift, You can’t name your Tour “The Red Tour”. What are you thinking? Red not Allowed. Color Banned :). Curfew hours!. General Prayuth could made exception for your Concert, if you gave free tickets to his twin daughters. Think, Swift. This is JuntaLand.
Cheers to the dictator!
Ask Easy Questions and Cheer him or Legal action.
On Monday, after General Prayuth speech for his Royal Endorsement. Two reporters asked Prayuth about a new prime minister, specifically inquiring if he was planning to install himself as PM, and if there was a time frame for a general election. The General gets upset and ends the meeting.
On Tuesday, the reporters summoned to the army’s headquarters and Army secretary Maj. Gen. Ponlapat Wannapak told the Bangkok Post’s Wassana Nanuam and Thai Rath’s Suppalerk Thongchailit that the leader of Thailand’s coup, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, wanted them to stop asking “aggressive questions.”
“Such a forceful style of asking is not appropriate,” Wannapak told the reporters. “Therefore, we ask for cooperation. Do not ask in such a manner again.” “The press should cheer him on”.
“In the current situation,” he added, “any action that will affect the problem-solving efforts and confidence in the army can take legal action, but the army does not want to do that.”