WSJ in an editorial:

The military coup in Bangkok is getting nastier by the day, as the army continues preemptively to lock up academics, journalists and opposition politicians.

Criticism of the junta is now a crime. Universities have been told not to hold any political events. Gatherings of more than five people are banned. Reporters were told to ask easier questions of their new rulers.

The Thammasat campus is a significant venue because the military massacred about 100 students and other protesters there in October 1976, an event that led to nationwide killings and repression. While the situation in Thailand now is different, some Thais are drawing parallels to that period. Those who have criticized the military in the past now fear for their safety and are preparing to leave the country, at least temporarily.

Their fears may yet prove unwarranted, but they are not irrational. The generals claim unlimited powers in the name of national unity; nobody can hold them accountable. They have backed themselves into a corner so that any criticism must be silenced before they can hand power back to a civilian government that will grant them amnesty. The fact that criticism keeps coming suggests the coup will lead to a prolonged period of military rule.

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