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Thailand Junta Attacks Democracy

Bangkok – Thailand’s Information and Communications Technology Ministry said Tuesday it will go ahead with a criminal lawsuit against Google Inc for running video clips on its popular website deemed offensive to the monarchy.

ICT Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said he will proceed on Friday with the case against Google at Thailand’s criminal court after the Internet giant rejected appeals to remove controversial video clips deemed insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s revered monarch who this year celebrates his 80th birthday.

Sitthichai added that the ministry is studying the case to determine if the lawsuit can be filed in an international court, reported the state-run Thai News Agency (TNA). Thailand has strict lese majeste laws that make it a criminal offense to mock the royal family.

Thank you Thailand for reminding us of why we had a revolution in the first place. Thailand’s King had participated in the overthrow of a Democratic government, replacing it with one run by a Muslim general with ties to the terrorist uprising that has killed thousands in the south of Thailand– but the King must be above criticism and now the sham coup government is trying to sue Google in international court because there was an unflattering video of his majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Fatass (Thailand please sue me now in international court. Sue me!)

Does the current coup junta ruling with the King’s approval really think they can suppress the freedom of the Thai people by trying to intimidate foreign internet outlets from accepting or tolerating materials critical of the current regime? While the world has mostly accepted the illegal coup in Thailand– the Thai people have not and the violence that has come until now will explode sooner or later, even as the Junta prepares increasingly repressive measures against the people whose democracy they have subverted.

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