Tell us about your life under dictatorship in Thailand
Thailand is one of the few countries in the world today ruled by a military junta. It is a dictatorship, certainly, but this particular one differs from past dictatorships of Thailand or elsewhere.
Dictatorship in Thailand has many hallmarks of “normal” dictatorship: intimidation, disruption of the rule of law, self-granted amnesties, “legalization” of dictatorship through coup decrees and appointed “legislative” bodies, scapegoating of politicians, a complete lack of irony, severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association, and strategies designed to weaken and subordinate civil society.
But this one has some differences: obsessive attention to a “roadmap” back to “democracy,” absurdly skewed “public” opinion polls, a certain level of transparency, fewer incidents of state violence, “attitude adjustment” and “reconciliation” sessions, a cheerfully submissive media, and so on.
We believe that chronicling how dictatorship is lived is a worthy effort, if only to lend some sense of companionship in these lonely times, and might give us all a better understanding what we are facing individually so that we can find a solution collectively.
What we’re looking for:
- Contributions from the Northeast/Northeasterners, but as living under military administration is a nationwide phenomena, we welcome contributions from other locations, or even from abroad
- Observations, large and small, about how dictatorship affects your life, or those whom you know
- Personal accounts of encounters with the military/authorities
- Reflections on the nature of living under a military dictatorship
- Contrary views of those who want to argue that Thailand’s not under dictatorship or provide reasons why dictatorship is necessary, etc.
Options for sharing:
- You can submit contributions directly vis this google survey, or send us an email email@example.com
- You have the option of contributing absolutely anonymously and provide no personal information whatsoever except for “location” and whether you are Thai or non-Thai (or, indeed, some combination thereof).
- You will be able to contribute with an alias that you choose
- If you’d like to identify yourself, you may provide your name and email.
- You may fill in a series of questions about your nationality, age, time frame of your encounter (if applicable), etc. They will all be optional.
With any contribution, it is best if you can identify:
- Time frame of when it happened, if an event or moment
- Approximately where it happened
- This is intended to be an anonymous page. You do not need to log in. If you want to use your name, you can put it in the end.
- All contributions will be sent to an editor before being posted. Such editor reserves the right to edit any content that may be deemed as contrary to the law
- Make sure you write or edit your piece so you don’t get yourself into trouble; we will edit so we don’t get in trouble.