They have created a martyr. Another one.
The Criminal Court has sentenced Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, better known as Da Torpedo, to 18 years in prison without probation for insulting the monarchy. (Bangkok Post)
First, you have to know what Daranee actually said during this (in)famous speech. Click here.
I wrote one year ago :
So there is little doubt that Miss Daranee is in a way… toasted.
Unfortunatly, we were right. Her speech was never heard before… in public. It was very bold.
But that’s not the point anymore.
Now the point is : the ticking bomb has exploded into the hands of all the Doctor Strangelove.
All those dirty politicians, crooks and other generals in operetta uniforms… who are toying with the lese-majeste law for their own benefits, who pretend to defend the monarchy but who actually are destroying it.
With promptness and stubbornness.
The first rule of lese-majeste law is that you don’t use the lese-majeste law.
Even a child could understand this basic principle.
The politicians have just put a burden on the King’s shoulders, with a dangerous binary thing.
1-the King does pardon her, like he did for the Australian in february.
The king, again, would show his generosity. But… It would be also another proof of the inanity of lese-majeste law, and its uselessness. And It could open a dangerous flood of critics against the monarchy.
2-the King does not pardon her.
She would become a martyr. The monarchy would be seen as crual, disconnected from the reality, a gravedigger of freedom.
I don’t want to play with words but the dirty politicians have just put the King into a check-mate like situation.
They should be ashamed of themselves.