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Dangers for those who disagree in Thailand! 

BANGKOK: Dead dissidents dumped in a river, activists knotted up by the courts, and Big Brother-style internet laws – critics of Thailand’s junta fear this week’s election is poised to sharpen the dangers faced by those who disagree.
Thais go to the polls on 24th March, in the first election since the 2014 coup that installed the generals in power. But it will be held under new rules established by a junta that has made clear it has no intention of leaving the political stage. Scores of dissidents, academics and “Red Shirt” activists have been pushed into self-exile during the junta years, in what analysts say is one of the biggest political fights in Thailand’s recent history.
Some found sanctuary in the West, but the majority fled to neighboring countries to avoid charges and jail terms. “I couldn’t bear living under an unjust power anymore,” said Thantawut Twewarodomgul, an activist who had previously served a jail sentence for royal defamation. He left Thailand for Laos in the wake of the coup. In Laos, some launched digital radio stations to keep up their opposition to the generals and – in some cases – the kingdom’s unassailable monarchy.

 

 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.