Thailand

Dystopia unchecked

Print edition : October 27, 2017

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arriving at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21 to make her final statements in a trial on a charge of criminal negligence. Photo: AP/Sakchai Lalit

On August 25, supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra crowding a car with tinted windows, thinking she was travelling to the court for the verdict. By the time it came, on September 27, she had fled. Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rides on a tractor at a farmer school in Suphan Buri province on September 18. His military government in 2016 introduced a scheme similar to the one for which Yingluck faced trial. The scheme pays farmers to hold on to their stocks until they get a good price. Photo: ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

At a rally by “Red Shirts” loyal to Yingluck Shinawatra’s government on May 10, 2014, days before General Prayuth seized power in a coup. Photo: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP

The country’s military junta, armed with a new interim Constitution that makes a mockery of democracy, has been postponing elections on some pretext or the other.
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