Frozen with Fear

…At the end of 2012 the Lao authorities kidnapped one of the countries most prominent NGO leaders, Sombath Somphone, without a murmur in Laos, and without any sense that they should be accountable. Since then the NGO sector has been frozen with fear.

…In a society of hyper-politicization one becomes apolitical, and that includes foreigners too.

Grant Evans, in “’Foreign influence’ in Red Shirt demonstrations,” New Mandala.