Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.
The throwing of blue paint by Bottom Blues Band lead singer Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan at a police officer during an anti-establishment rally in front of Samran Rat police station on Friday is definitely not a form of "paint as protest", a symbolic public act listed in The Politics of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp.
The wind of change has swept across Thailand and awakened Thai youth faster and more furiously than I've witnessed before in my lifetime. The three-fingered salute of rebellion which has spread to high-school students like Covid-19 during the traditional ritual of national anthem singing appears to have caused alarm among older generation people like myself.
Army commander Gen Apirat Kongsompong took a swipe at anti-government elements, which are increasingly hounding Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on an almost daily basis, while chatting with army cadets on the occasion of the 133rd anniversary of the founding of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy on Aug 5.
Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin appeared to be caught with his pants down last week when, out of the blue, his wife, Anongwan, was served with a notice from the National Anti-Corruption Commission to acknowledge corruption charges related to the 770 million baht fund for the construction of fai maew weirs.
After six years in office and having earned the unenviable reputation of being an "angry pot" for his occasionally unprovoked outbursts at Government House reporters, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha might have thought it was about time for him to change tack and reach out to media outlets that he didn't appear to admire.