Another victim of the 112 tyranny, this time lecturer in Buddhist studies at Rajabhat Suan Dusit University in Hua Hin, Ajahn Surapot Taweesak (สุรพศ ทวีศักดิ์).
The regime is trying to use scare tactics against selected resistant actors and hapless citizens, especially those who present a coherent and reasoned challenge to their illogical position vis-à-vis LM/112.
Surapot has from time to time posted articles and comments on Prachatai Website (including a response to a piece posted by Somsak Jeamteerasakul on 10 August 2010). Surapot uses his real name for articles relating to Buddhism and society, but a pen name when he talks politics. Surapot was the first academic to attempt a nationwide survey among the sangha to ascertain political viewpoints in the post-2006 colour-coded crisis. His most recent piece was comparing the ten virtues of the Dhamma’raachaa and its modern incompatibility with sustaining LM/112.
The police first came to his university on 6 October 2010 and then all was quiet – until recently when he was again contacted by police from Bangkok and taken to Roi Et where charges were formally laid. We may wonder why all of sudden the intent to take action against him after PTP came to government? In fact many recent cases date back to offences seemingly made under the previous unelected Abhisit government. This indicates intent by the amaat regime and its skewed “independent” bodies including judiciary to show who has real power in Thailand. It is most certainly not the elected government. The regime, currently on the back foot since its Democrat Party-military program failed at the last election, is intensifying attack through its judicial system.
Many believe it is only a matter of time when they will bring PTP down through the courts.
[Further details, in Thai, here.]