Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thailand’s rocky road back to democracy

"I'm  convinced the draft is not going to count for anything….it's all being manipulated for their convenience.
"I think they [the junta] are hoping they can string people along. They are calculating that as long as they are promising some kind of referendum on the constitution, that states like the US and Britain and so on will give the benefit of doubt to the regime.
"I think from an international point of view, that's what their calculation is.
"The big uncertainty at the moment is the state of the king, and the succession – and politics is kind of on hold. Because any kind of free speech is banned."
"One of the things they [the junta] are desperately trying to do is the old Establishment – which the military represents – is living in a state of denial that politics in Thailand has permanently changed.

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