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Old 05-22-2014, 03:58 AM   #1
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BBC News - Thailand coup d'etat as military seizes power



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Thailand coup d'etat as military seizes power

Thailand's army chief has announced a coup d'etat, saying the military is taking control of government.

In a televised statement, the army chief said the military would restore order and enact political reforms.

It came after two days of inconclusive talks by the main political factions. The army sealed off the talks venue and took the leaders away.

Thailand has been in political turmoil for months. On Tuesday the army imposed martial law.

The army is to send troops and vehicles to escort protesters away from rally sites, a senior army official told the Reuters news agency.

The latest unrest began in the Thai capital late last year, when then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of parliament.

Demonstrators have blockaded several areas of Bangkok for months.

Earlier this month, a court ordered Ms Yingluck's removal for alleged abuse of power.

Thailand has faced a power struggle since Ms Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by the military as prime minister in 2006.
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Meh isn't this like the 15th one or something?

I guess the difference with them is that the military is happy to take over if they bust a corrupt politician. Unlike South America though, they actually move aside when a new one is chosen
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yeah first thing i thought was "again?"

its been pretty wild there

i wonder if they'll start sentencing supporters of one side to death/life like they have been in Egypt with Morsi supporters
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Religion doesn't seem to be involved, so I doubt it
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i'm in bangkok right now...they added a bunch of tents and stuff around the tourist area with soldiers when they announced marshal law, we'll see what happens now with the coup


we leave on the night of the 25th for laos on the train so hopefully that all still goes well
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I have some experience with military martial law in Thailand If you avoid crowds and protests, you're probably fine. As cool as it is to see a tank in real life, it's probably a good idea to avoid them generally.
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It should take an all out civil war to cancel that trip
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for anyone that's been here before they'll know how busy khoa san road is....tonight is was a ghost town....finally kicked out of the most popular bar at 11:30pm

the locals are scare shitless of what's can/going to happen
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You going to fly that far for only 3 days? That would suck.
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Meh isn't this like the 15th one or something?

I guess the difference with them is that the military is happy to take over if they bust a corrupt politician. Unlike South America though, they actually move aside when a new one is chosen
The difference with the Thailand situation is, more often than not, the PM isn't necessarily corrupt. Thaksin, the first (?) PM that got thrown out in this recent string of "coup", is very likely riddled with corruption. A lot of his successors, however, were simply tossed out with bogus charges because they were deemed to be Thaksin's puppet. More generally speaking, the more wealthy elites in the city are completely at odds with the poorer peasants in the outlying regions, but the poorer peasants' population (and therefore their votes) outnumbers the city elites, and so Thaksin and the rest of those in his parties keeps on getting voted back into the PM seat.

Without resolving their differences, or at least come to a sustainable truce, Thailand is just going to keep toiling in this endless rounds of PM election, protest, coup, etc. until the elderly Thai King passes away. And then all bets are off on what could happen... which likely means there will be more turmoil and instability for the country.
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even the army is corrupt too. the soldiers use the "curfew" as a means to accept bribes.
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You going to fly that far for only 3 days? That would suck.
I'm working in Manila at the moment, so it's a quick flight.
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