The Bangkok bombing and Thailand’s political landscape


A man (R) lays garland flowers to worship a statue of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma (C) at the sacred Erawan Shrine, in central Bangkok, Thailand, 20 August 2015. The Erawan Shrine reopened to the public on 19 August, after a deadly bombing on 17 August left 20 dead, including many foreigners, and injuring 123. A Thai court issued an arrest warrant on 19 August, for a man suspected of carrying out the bomb attack. The warrant does not name the suspect.

Terrorism is no excuse for further junta oppression

Quite rightly, the savage bomb blast which tore through central Bangkok has been greeted with an equal measure of global condemnation and sincere condolences from Washington, Brussels and beyond. The country’s self-appointed leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha accurately described the bombing as “the worst incident that has ever happened in Thailand,” aimed at “our economy, our tourism.” Indeed, the deadly attack saw Thailand’s baht currency fall almost instantly to its lowest rate in six years, wh...

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