All calm on politicians' social media accounts since May 22
June 16, 2014 00:00
By Kornchanok Raksaseri
Three weeks after the military coup, the social media accounts of many key political players have changed drastically. They have cooled down and are without heated political messages. Some have even become inactive.
The Democrat Party’s twitter account @DemocratTH has posted links for subjects that include tourism, recipes, health tips and astrology.
Yesterday it posted a link to an article entitled “What to do if a banknote is damaged”.
The last posts on Pheu Thai’s Twitter account where on May 22, the day of the coup. The very last post highlighted foreign countries and international organisations’ concerns over martial law, declared two days earlier.
The Anti-Yingluck Shinawatra government People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s Twitter and Facebook accounts are still mostly active, with new and old photos of its leaders’ activities including the condition of PDRC chief Suthep Thaugsuban after he had a shoulder operation last Tuesday.
Yesterday the PDRC said some of its followers might be nostalgic, so it posted pictures.
On June 1, former premier Yingluck Shinawatra thanked her supporters via Twitter and Facebook for their moral support in this period of change. A picture of her and her son was included. That was the last message. The previous one was in mid-May.
The Twitter and Facebook accounts of Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva provide constant updates on his activities such as his visit to the South last week. On May 5 he posted a comment calling on the National Council for Peace and Order to reveal documents related to the annual budget for sake of transparency.
Former education minister Chaturon Chaisang is still active on social media despite the NPCO arresting him and charging him with violating its order against inciting unrest. He has since been released on bail.
Chaturon provides updates on daily activities and answers people’s questions, to what extent he can.
Former Democrat MP and PDRC leader Satit Wongnongtaey (@satittrang1) still tweets almost every day although it is mostly small talk to his supporters.