On Wednesday evening 7th
April, a State of Emergency was declared for Bangkok and surrounding areas. This
makes the 4th such ‘state’ to be announced by a Thai government since 2008.
Apparently there is a legal
distinction between a ‘normal’ and ‘serious’ State of Emergency. The prime
minister has declared his State of Emergency declaration is in the serious
The emergencies are coming as often
as super sales at the shopping mall. The first three states of emergency were a
disappointment. Duds. There was much fury but no storm damage. In other words,
nothing much happened. No one could figure out where the emergency was.
It is difficult to know whether
this ‘serious’ state of emergency will lead to circumstances where violence and
repression are more obvious. A number of political pundits are talking about the
government imposing censorship on TV, radio and the Internet. The walls of
information will close in, narrowing the space to judge events and
The first casualty is always the
The second casualty is the
innocence of those who believed their truth would prevail.