Andrew Stroehlein, European Media Director of Human Rights Watch & former Communications Director of Crisis Group, covering human rights worldwide, media & conflict, says of Thailand’s Dictator, Prayuth’s words: Priceless! Thailand PM on why they’ve blocked HRW‘s website: “Go and read what they wrote.”
Also, in another Orwell’s 1984twist, Thailand’s Dictator, insisted yesterday on his intention to hold an election within one year as per his initial road map but said it depends on how ready the country is.
However, the premier then burst out after being pressured by questions from the media on the junta’s plans and election schedule.
Matichon, a news group, reports (Source) Thailand’s Dictator, Prayuth, got angry with journalist, when asked about Thailand blocking the internet and Facebook pages, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) website, and saying HRW block is for national security purpose, as ordered by him.
Matichon reported “เมื่อถามถึงกรณีที่มีการวิพากษ์วิจารณ์รัฐบาลและนายกรัฐมนตรีผ่านสื่อออนไลน์ และเฟซบุค พล.อ.ประยุทธ์ กล่าวอย่างมีอารมณ์ว่า อ้าวแล้วไง อีกคนก็ถามว่าปิดเว็บจะทำยังไง แต่นี่ก็ถามว่าถ้าโพสต์เฟซบุคจะทำยังไง ถ้าไม่ปิดจะต้องยังไง จะให้แช่งหรืออย่างไร อย่างไรก็ตามตนไปต่างประเทศเขาชื่นชมตนทุกคน เขาเห็นว่าผมพูดแสดงทัศนะว่าจะเดินประเทศยังไง เพราะเขาไม่ได้มาสนใจคนที่ขี้โกหกมากนักหรอก”
In brief translation, “When journalist asked Prayuth (The Dictator) about criticism of him and the government (junta) on the internet media and Facebook, Prayuth spoke with hot tempered emotions, what are you journalists talking about, one asks me about closed of website and another one asks me about open websites and if these open websites are not closed, what am I going to do. What do you want me to do, wish bad omen. No matter what, when I go to a foreign country, they praises me, and interested in how I am going to run the country. They are not interested in liars.”
Just a note, Thailand’s Dictator, is long known to be emotionally not very stable, often exploding in anger and often, expressing hot temper.
Matichon reported the Dictator saying, referring to Human Rights Watch, blocked website: “Go look at the website and see what they are writing, and if they are saying everyone has freedom, they can curse at anyone, so do it, and Thailand will not exist.”
A few days ago, Human Rights Watch issue a report on Thailand, 6 months after the coup, headlined the report saying, in sum, Thailand’s human rights and democracy, has tanked into a bottomless pit. Human Right Watch, concluded the article by calling for Prayuth to improve the situation, if Prayuth, does not want to be called “Dictator.”
On Prayuth being a Dictator, Prayuth answered journalist a few days ago, who asked him, if he was too much of a Dictator, by saying he is not a Dictator, because he has not taken any private or public assets, to be owned by him.
Again, just a note, Thailand’s Dictator, is long known to be emotionally not very stable, often exploding in anger and often, expressing hot temper. And in his rise up the ranks of Thailand’s military establishment, Prayuth attended all the important High Society functions, in Bangkok, saying the sight of anyone wearing red, made his sick. The color red in Thailand, mainly refers to the Red Shirts, a mostly pro-democracy movement, that is allied with the Shinawatra family.