Defiant Thai Opposition Leader Won’t Tone Down Rhetoric Towards Military Junta

by Admin on August 1, 2018

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, one of the prominent figures behind the new Future Forward Party, said that he would not cease his criticism of Thailand’s ruling military junta, despite facing prosecution.

Thanathor, who regularly broadcasts subversive political comments on his Facebook page, said that “it’s the right of everyone” to openly criticize their leaders and that he won’t stop regardless of legal threats.

Recently, police officers approached Thanathor and other Future Forward Party leaders, saying that they were investigating allegations that he had breached Thailand’s draconian Computer Crime Act that is often used as a means to go after political speech on the internet and social media.

The complaint against Thanathor was filed to police by the military junta, officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order.

Under the junta, political activities and associations are banned. The complaint accuses Thanathor of trying to woo former MPs.

“Nobody can stop changes or prevent people who want to dictate their own future,” Thanathor said. “[The junta] should not hide in the cloak of democracy while acting as a dictatorship.”

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This story is sponsored by Chaninat & Leeds. For inquiries or advice regarding Thai law, contact one of their US or Thailand lawyers.

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