my civil liberties infringed by that bloody coup!
November 1, 2006
That’s it, I’ve had it with this coup. At first all was sweetness and light, now we get the iron fist underneath the velvet glove. Today the entrance to the houses was blocked by a whole posse of thuggish police, no doubt acting on orders straight from the top Generals. To get into our housing area you have two alternatives. One is to drive up the adjoining four lane highway for another half mile, do a U-turn then drive back another half mile. The muggins way. The other option is to cross the highway about 200 yards before our entrance and drive the wrong way up the highway for that short distance (yonson as they say in Thai). Since time immemorial (well, for the six years since the houses were built) the honest citizens (myself included) have made the sensible choice. Traffic barrelling down the highway know full well to expect this (or if they don’t to start with they soon find out). But today we have this bunch of fascist thugs hiding behind the hedge and nabbing everyone who chose to exercise their traditional right to flout traffic laws. Does ‘Thailand’ not mean ‘land of the free’? What has happened to our freedom, I ask? And, more importantly, where will this stop? Petty traffic violations today, microchips, finger printing before you can get in a karaoke bar and ethnic profiling tomorrow. Makes me feel like flying straight back to the UK …. well, maybe not straight away. On reflection, maybe not at all. With any luck, the cops will have gone by tomorrow.