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Exiled Thai critic attacked with chemicals in Japan

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By Panu Wongcha-um

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It is a shame that freedom of thought and speech are not universal. Even in a free society like Japan and the US this abuse of power can happen. An individual has the personal responsibility to stand up for what is right and they should not be persecuted by the Government for doing so.

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So now Thailand is operating covert operations inside Japan. What will Japan do about this? Nothing I suppose.

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Sad that Thailand is joining the likes of Russia in attacking those abroad who dare to disagree with the ruling elite.

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"I'd say don't be too imaginative. This is not a 'Mission Impossible' movie," Apirat said, adding that a personal dispute might be behind the incident.

"We have our hands full in addressing problems internally in Thailand. And to think that we dispatch people to go assault people overseas - that is impossible," the army chief said.

Throwing chemicals is not quite up to Mission Impossible and authoritarian countries have plenty of time to harass dissidents. Apirat protests too much. And at no point does he say that Thailand does not attack dissidents because doing so is immoral and would be a national disgrace.

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Thailand is not the only country. In the US under the Obama Administration Psy Ops was deployed onto ordinary citizens. Pres. Trump has done nothing to correct this error of judgement and violation of civil rights. Firing Dan Coates will never be enough to pay reparation for the damage Psy Ops has done to the ordinary citizen trying to right a perceived wrong.

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Thailand is not the only country. In the US under the Obama Administration Psy Ops was deployed onto ordinary citizens. Pres. Trump has done nothing to correct this error of judgement and violation of civil rights. 

This is a global trend, sadly. And it won't stop until more people wake up. And I am afraid people won't wake up until this becomes much, much worse.

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Having been a follower of Thai politics and having visited the country ninety times, I am not surprised by this news.

In Thai society king worship is vociferously promoted by means of mass brainwashing.

Thai people are frightened to comment other than to produce a type of fawning attitude untempered by any type of informed criticism.

Thailand is a country where the well-connected are not punished and may evade punishment for heinous crimes.

The lese majeste laws carry the penalty of imprisonment and are used to crush debate.

It is also a country where assassinations are commonplace.

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Having been a follower of Thai politics and having visited the country ninety times, I am not surprised by this news.

Yes, people love to talk up these developing countries so much and overlook the bad. But there's a reason they'll always remain developing.

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@Utrack and commanteer

In the US under the Obama Administration Psy Ops was deployed onto ordinary citizens. Pres. Trump has done nothing to correct this error of judgement and violation of civil rights. Firing Dan Coates will never be enough to pay reparation for the damage Psy Ops has done to the ordinary citizen trying to right a perceived wrong.

Proof or evidence? Not just fantasizing or making up alternative facts to make yourself seem right!

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Yes, people love to talk up these developing countries so much and overlook the bad. But there's a reason they'll always remain developing.

Pretty much every developing countries (in Asia e.g. Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Pakistan) have been at the recieving end of criticism (including the developed ones such as Singapore & Japan) for reasons of incompetency, lack of progress in human right/social issue, corruption etc.

But Thailand seems to be the one who is getting less number of critics, even during their political crisis & so on.

And tourists (especially from the western world) doesn't really care too much about contributing to improve the situation there.

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Thats scary to be attacked in your home and in your bed. The culprit must have left prints

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