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The problems augmented after the putsch in 2014

Thailand seems to be quiet, but is under pressure of China. An event like the cave rescue of a soccer team serves to deflect the public opinion, while violations of human rights continue, and the return to democracy is hindered by all means. The junta in Bangkok, especially the leader Prayut (left), seems to have been miffed, while deputy minister Prawit (left) is suspected of having accepted many Rolex watches as bribes, but no indictment follows. 

The problems augmented after the putsch in 2014. The military government promises a return to democracy since then, but nothing happens. Open discussions about political questions are forbidden. The economy is seriously struggling and survives to a considerable part only by the money brought by the tourists who generally do not much care about this fact. The most critical themes are nuisances about the monarchy. Reporting them brings the very real danger of jail terms of 15 years per each "offense". But pictures of the new king who has a splendid residence in Bavaria showing him there in a crop top go on circulating and ridiculing him. This fact makes him vulnerable for the military which undeniably often has been in rivalry with various kings.  

Updated Sept.05, 2018 

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