Thailand’s junta (National Council for Peace and Order) spokesman Colonel Werachon Sukondhapatipak confirmed, earlier reports today, that the US embassy did not invite any Thai senior military officers, to this year’s 4th of July Celebration.
The USA Embassy move is the latest snub of Thailand’s coup makers, coming days after news that the USA did not invite Thailand to participate in a Pacific Ocean naval exercise called PACRIM. The USA repeatedly call for Thailand to return to democracy, along with condemning the coup, saying there was no reason for the coup. The USA, then, down-graded its relations with Thailand. Also earlier, the USA place Thailand on the list of worse offender, in using slave labor.
In reaction to the several USA moves against the junta, several leading figures of the Thai elite establishment, that is close to the junta, have called for a boycott of USA goods.
The US embassy in Bangkok has not extended an invitation to any key member of the junta to attend its Independence Day celebration this week, the spokesperson said.
Local press, citing no source, said Washington has discouraged formal associations or celebrations with Thai military officers who were directly involved in the military coup on May 22 to topple the elected government, according to a diplomatic source. Local press also reports the US embassy has organized a reception on Thursday at a Bangkok hotel to celebrate Independence Day. It usually extends invitations to senior officials in government agencies, high society figures and the diplomatic community. People started receiving the invitations last week but junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his four deputies did not get one.