Thai Junta Goes on a Teaching Expeditio…

Thailand’s government leaders, believing they can convince foreign diplomats of the attractiveness of its replacement of martial law with seemingly even more restrictive provisions, says they will seek to explain the measure to them. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told local reporters Sunday that he would be involved personally in briefing the foreign legations and that he was ready to answer all questions that the envoys might have, betraying what appears to be an essential misunderstanding of the outrage western diplomats in Bangkok have displayed publicly since last year’s coup, which dismantled a popularly elected democracy led by Pheu Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The former premier, having been impeached by a government she had never led, now faces trial on corruption charges. The international community remains deeply skeptical, with some calling the new law merely a cosmetic cover-up that has fooled no one.

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