Politics ‘worse’ than before 1992 uprising

Parties compare Black May to NCPO rule

Relatives of the victims of ‘Black May’, a series of protests in Bangkok in 1992 that was quashed by the military, perform a ceremony to remember those who disappeared, at Suan Santiporn on Ratchadamnoen Road Thursday. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Thai politics is now in a more backwards state than it was before the Black May uprising of 1992, representatives of major political parties said at an event in Bangkok Thursday marking the 26th anniversary of the popular street protests that were later crushed by the military.

The rules laid down by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which came into being after the 2014 bloodless coup that installed Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister, are designed to prolong its grip on power, according to some speakers at the event.

However the NCPO’s regulations, including the 20-year national strategy, are even more “far-reaching” and systematic than those of former coup leaders, they said, citing the National Peace Keeping Council (NPKC).

The NPKC was the name assumed by a Thai military junta that overthrew the elected civilian government of Chatichai Choonhavan in 1991.

Khunying Suradat Keyurapan, a prominent figure within the ranks of the Pheu Thai Party, said Thursday the NPKC had tried to cling to…

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