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Coup in Thailand?


Simon.D

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  • "Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok amid rumours of a state coup.

    "I declare Bangkok under a severe state of emergency," he said on television.

    The measure came after tanks reportedly took up position around the Thai government headquarters in Bangkok blocking traffic.

    An army-owned TV station has altered its programming to broadcast images of the royal family and songs associated in the past with military coups."
CNN are also reporting there has been an attempted coup in Thailand. Apparently tanks have been seen rolling through the streets of Bangkok.

The Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who is currently at the UN in New York has reportedly cut short his visit and is due to return home tonight.
 

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Dodgey stuff. Thaksin, or square head as he is better known, is a fairly unpopular leader due to corruption allegations but he has also totally failed to quell the recent disturbances in the south. His attempts at diverting attention away from his failings by playing to widespread anti-westerner bigotry by tightening property ownership and visa laws obviously haven't cut it. Rumours of a coup have been doing the rounds for a while and last week it was even belived that an attempted coup had already taken place. I'd say that if it does happen it will be welcomed by millions. Hopefully he'll be booted out and an ellection called.
 

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I predict that the workers and youth will take to the streets and usher in a socialist revolution. Off to Paddy Powers now to see what odds they'll give me...
 

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<MOD>I've altered the first post so that news reports from the two threads are merged.</MOD>
 

Ronanr

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There were a lot of reports recently that Thaksin has been moving his assets (some rather dubiously acquired) offshore, perhaps he had a straw in the wind?

I do not think he will be mourned by expats in Thailand, he seems to have been cracking down on them recently for populist reasons, but it would be a pity to see Thailand (one of more consistently democratic of the south east Asian countries in the last 20 years) going the way of military rule again.
 

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Carrier said:
Rumours of a coup have been doing the rounds for a while [...] I'd say that if it does happen it will be welcomed by millions. Hopefully he'll be booted out and an ellection called.
Indeed, The Economist had such insinuations in its current edition printed last week.

[i said:
The Economist[/i]]But for the present, and while he keeps everyone guessing, the country is on edge. There have been disquieting rumours of plots to overthrow or even assassinate the prime minister. In late August police arrested a junior army officer in a car packed with explosives, near Mr Thaksin's home.

His critics accuse Mr Thaksin of staging the bomb plot in order to win sympathy from voters. They are also reporting rising unrest in the army over his attempts to secure promotion for his chums in the annual shuffle of military commanders. According to one popular theory, these moves are part of a power struggle between Mr Thaksin and a rival group led by Prem Tinsulanonda, a retired general who is King Bhumibol's senior adviser. If true, the consequences could be nasty.
The accompanying cartoon was even more concise. Unfortunately it does not appear on the site so I cannot post it, but it featured a typically square-headed Thaksin accepting a bribe behind a podium while the shadow of a sword wielding general frames the stage.

But as for your hopes that he might be booted out in favour of elections, that would be quite an unusual step if past military coups provide an accurate guide. Either Thaksin must re-enforce his position, or the generals must defer to the King who will hopefully provide stability so elections can be planned with a clear date set. Anything outside of these two scenarios does not bode well, unless you're a Burmese general in need of understanding neighbours.
 

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According to a friend in Bangkok things have quietened down, but there are rumours circulating that the Royal Family are backing the coup, apparently they’ve left the presidential palace and are under the protection of the insurgents.
 

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According to BBC the Army are claiming they've overthrown the PM now.
 

Ronanr

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News direct from Bangkok.

According to the Bankok Post:

"Army commander Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin has launched a military coup, with tanks surrounding Government House and the military in charge of all local broadcast media.

The actual coup came in the middle of a panicky message by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from New York.

In a connection to Thai TV and radio, Mr Thaksin attempted to declare a "severe state of emergency in Bangkok" but was cut off midway.

Shortly after that, a message appeared on screen on public TV stations, saying the army was in charge, and appologising for inconvenience caused."


Also it has been reported that all foreign TV stations have been cut off in Bangkok.
 

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Maximus said:
According to a friend in Bangkok things have quietened down, but there are rumours circulating that the Royal Family are backing the coup, apparently they’ve left the presidential palace and are under the protection of the insurgents.
Wow. Well if thats the case Thaksin is ****ed. The Thai people worship the royal family. Literally. Its the King's aniversary or birthday (or some sh1t) this year, and what appeared to be the entire population had taken to wearing the royal colour, yellow, on tuesdays. Those not wearing a yellow t-shirt were wearing yellow wristbands. There's also that Roman Emperor-style thing some do - placing offerings in front of a picture of the king they often have in their houses and businesses.
 

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Latest update is that the Army have taken control of all major Government instillations, troops have tied yellow ribbons on their guns - an obvious sign of loyalty to the King. Its unclear if the airport has been captured, either way people aren’t expecting Thaksin to return now.

My mate will be giving an interview on the RTE 9 o'clock news.
 

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This seems to have all calmed down without much of a ruckus.

The UN seems relatively silent, and the democracy-loving yanks seem unwilling to back Thaksin to the extent that it might ruffle the feathers of the new administration. And as for the Thai people, they seem unperturbed. MRBI poles create a more hysterical reactions here.
 

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This seems to have all calmed down without much of a ruckus.

The UN seems relatively silent, and the democracy-loving yanks seem unwilling to back Thaksin to the extent that it might ruffle the feathers of the new administration. And as for the Thai people, they seem unperturbed. MRBI poles create a more hysterical reactions here.
 

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So um.. when is George Bush scrambling the US Army to go and kick some Thai butt because of their hatred of democracy ?
 

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rockofcashel said:
So um.. when is George Bush scrambling the US Army to go and kick some Thai butt because of their hatred of democracy ?
only commies and people who don't share their oil can hate democracy silly!
 
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