What is freedom? The power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
It’s terrific news for the pro-democracy movement that Panusaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Chaiamorn “Ammy the Bottom Blues” Kaewwiboonpan, and others are released on bail.
Nonetheless, the fight for their friends continues because Anon Nampa, Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, and others still have not received bail.
But the best news is for the Prayut Chan-o-cha Regime. Why? Bail conditions are simple but impactful: Do not talk reforms. Do not be involved in protests.
For as long as they want to stay out of jail, they must obey. Their trials can drag on for months or years, which way the verdict will fall is uncertain. But the key activists have certainly been taken out of the game.
If you want to receive bail, do not talk and do not get involved. If you insist on talking and getting involved, you remain in jail or will be put back in jail. As such, while these pro-democracy activists may be out on bail, the Prayut Regime still shackles their freedom.
This is lawfare at its finest.
“With great power comes great responsibility,” says Spiderman’s uncle.
“With great power comes gross abuse of powers,” says Thisrupt.
The abuse of power is not because people are good or evil. Good and evil exist in all of us as it is human nature to be spoiled and corrupted by power. Thus, the abuse of power is inevitable when the power has no checks and balances.
The news media may expose the abuse of power. The people may march against the abuse of power.
But in Thailand, the scale of justice remains a tilted sliding board, wet and slippery, with a military boot push-kicking freedom down into the pool of injustice.
How is this possible?
It’s inevitable when every facet of the government, every so-called “independent” organization, kowtows to the will and whim of the Prayut Regime.