In Thailand, the leader of the death threat junta critical journalists

Mocked for having ensured that his regime was “99.99% democratic” Prayut Chan-O-Cha threatened on Wednesday to stay in power “for long” if critics never stopped criticizing it.

Freedom of the press took another blow in recent days in Thailand. The leader of the junta Prayut Chan-O-Cha, said Wednesday he would “probably just run” journalists “do not report the truth,” reports Reuters. “It is likely that we executions,” said he said and without batting an eyelid to reporters about those who do not support the official line of the junta. “You do not have to support the government, but you must spread the truth,” the general added, advising reporters to write in order to strengthen national reconciliation in the kingdom.
Prayut Chan-O-Cha, also prime minister and head of the National Council for Peace and the maintenance of order (the junta), is known for his abrupt manner and his impulsive remarks. In May 2014, it was he who led the coup that overthrew the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, promising to hold elections late 2015-early 2016 and hand over power to a civilian government. But no polls Organizing sign is given.Prayut Chan-O-Cha
Regime increasingly authoritarian

Since then, the regime is accused of having increased the repression of dissidents and facilitate the decline of civil liberties. In January, the junta has forced a German foundation to leave a forum on freedom of the press, arguing that Thailand was in a difficult period. Since taking power, martial law prevails and banned all political meetings.
This is not the first time that Prayut Chan-O-Cha attacks the media. He has already attacked the English-speaking Thai newspaper Matichon, which it accuses of supporting former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. “Do not imagine that I do not know that your articles are in favor of the former administration. I know that the Minister of the Interior before bought a lot of advertising in your newspaper, “- said the head of the junta to reporters before boarding everyday to get to Brunei. The purpose of the military is, according to analysts, to prevent former Prime Minister Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra to return to power.

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Thailand Shinawatra prohibited policy

Former Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra was banned Friday from politics for five years and faces up to ten years in prison for corruption, a doublet which may put fire to the powder between his supporters and the military junta. The National Assembly, composed of members appointed by the perpetrators of the coup in May 2014, voted the ban, by 190 votes in favor, 18 against and 8 abstentions. Hours earlier, the prosecution announced its next indictment for “corruption”, ensuring that this calendar coincidence was “fortuitous”.Shinawatra

“The prosecution has studied the testimony and evidence submitted by the Anti-Corruption Commission. We agree on the fact that the file allows to charge Yingluck,” said the prosecutor Surasak Threerattrakul told reporters. “She faces up to ten years in prison,” he added, if the court finds him guilty in the rice subsidy program that led the government to buy rice to 50% above the market prices. Yingluck, 47 years old, could be indicted “early March” and by then banned from leaving the country. Under martial law in a country where justice is deemed close to the ultra-royalist elites such as the military, this announcement sounds like a chopper.

Yingluck had followed the lead of his brother Thaksin, a former telecommunications magnate in exile, taking the head of government in 2011, after the victory of his party in parliamentary elections. Despite his attempts to reconcile the country deeply divided, Yingluck’s opponents have always seen this as a political novice puppet of his brother, sworn enemy of the elite, worried his electoral popularity, particularly in the north and north-east of the farm countries.

Thai junta is now accused of trying to permanently eliminate the influential Shinawatra clan politics, while the question of the succession of King Bhumibol, 87 years old, the supreme taboo in Thailand. Analysts said the ban on political activity Yingluck, coupled with a conviction in court, are part of the process of elimination.

Thailand, deeply divided between pro and anti-Shinawatra, is facing a recurring political crisis since the 2006 coup against Thaksin Shinawatra. It took the path of exile to escape prison on corruption charges already. Yingluck had testified before the National Assembly on Thursday to maintain his innocence and say that prohibit political life was based on “no legislation”, the junta has revoked the Constitution.

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