Activist charged with making fun of Prayuth’s song

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Veera Somkwamkid

A Thai activist who made fun of one of junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s ballads on Facebook was charged with cyber crime for publishing material critical of the government.

Veera Somkwamkid was charged with “importing false computer data” for a post saying most Thais lacked confidence in the military government, which took power in a 2014 coup in the name of ending more than a decade of political unrest.

Veera’s post had been based on a tongue-in-cheek survey he carried out online as to which of the promises in the junta theme song Returning Happiness to Thailand had been kept.

Pledges in the stirring song, penned by Prime Minister Prayuth, include: “We’ll do as promised”, “We will be honest” and “We would like to return happiness to you all”.

— Reuters