Thai PM 'overthrown in army coup' 37 replies

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#1 12 years ago

I don't usually post news stories but this caught my notice as I came home today:

Military leaders in Thailand say they have overthrown the country's Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Soldiers seized government offices and took up strategic positions around the capital, Bangkok. Parliament and the constitution have been suspended.

The head of the army, Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin, will assume prime ministerial powers, the army said.

But a spokesman for Mr Thaksin, who is at the UN in New York, insisted the government was still in control.

The spokesman said the coup "could not succeed". It had not been decided when the prime minister would return home from the UN, he added. However, in a broadcast on all Thai television channels, the leadership of the armed forces said it had taken control of Bangkok, declared nationwide martial law and ordered all troops to return to their bases.

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Every few years it seems something like this is happening. I have to wonder if something like this were to happen in America or a European country whether people would be willing to stand aside and let it happen. We've lived without war touching our shores really for a long time, maybe we've grown so comfortable in that that we'd never move from it even to defend our freedoms. and then there's the argument that we've already proven ourselves incapable of defending those freedoms. Personally I side more with the second opinion on that these days after seeing the sort of laws that go through when people are threatened with Terrorism and Bad Things (tm). So what do you think of it, is it right or wrong, and do you think people would move against something like this in your country?




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#2 12 years ago

Wow...this is unreal. Thailand has been friends with the USA since Vietnam. I wonder what the future will bring?




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#3 12 years ago

It defintly would never work in the U.S. unless it had the support of the people. I for one would get some guys together and go out a huntin' soldiers. More then likely a huge portion of the population would do likewise.

I don't think it would work in Europe either, though it might be harder for the people to acually do any resisting with the stricter gun laws. Not that such a thing would likely happen in the first place.




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Funnily, in this whole affair, it seems like the people enjoy the overthrowing of this government. It was beeing accused of patronizing, autocracy, corruption, etc. All of them beeing the richest men of thailand.

Btw, this cannot be of any bad, the king of thailand is still there. If they wanted a total coup and to take the total power, they wouldnt have let the king in place.

2nd : the country isn't closed, you can still leave it or enter it by the airports. It isnt a bloodshed, right now, although, I must emphasize on the Right now.




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#5 12 years ago

What will the future bring? When was the last time that a military coup d'tat turned out well? In the long run, the failed Russian coup solidified the demise of the Soviet Union, but coups also resulted in the Pakistan and Lybia that we know and love today.




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#6 12 years ago
Ma DeuceWhat will the future bring? When was the last time that a military coup d'tat turned out well? In the long run, the failed Russian coup solidified the demise of the Soviet Union, but coups also resulted in the Pakistan and Lybia that we know and love today.

Rumours say this has been commanded by the king to clear the scum out of the office, then to reinstate new elections. As I said, it doesn't look grim right now, but the situation is unstable.




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#7 12 years ago

NostradamouseFunnily, in this whole affair, it seems like the people enjoy the overthrowing of this government.

It was beeing accused of patronizing, autocracy, corruption, etc. All of them beeing the richest men of thailand.

Btw, this cannot be of any bad, the king of thailand is still there. If they wanted a total coup and to take the total power, they wouldnt have let the king in place.

2nd : the country isn't closed, you can still leave it or enter it by the airports. It isnt a bloodshed, right now, although, I must emphasize on the Right now.

It more seems like apathy ,or even ignorance of the situation, then enjoyment on the part of the people. It's another sort of the thing we will have to wait and see about. Depending on just what the millitary leaders do this could turn into a dictatorship or they could turn the country into some wonderland of a sort. Who knows?




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#8 12 years ago
AfterburnerIt more seems like apathy ,or even ignorance of the situation, then enjoyment on the part of the people. It's another sort of the thing we will have to wait and see about. Depending on just what the millitary leaders do this could turn into a dictatorship or they could turn the country into some wonderland of a sort. Who knows?

Yep, this will be something to watch. One fact though : There were scums in office and they were cleared out. 2nd fact: Let's hope the generals don,t take too much pleasure at beeing in power.




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#9 12 years ago
NostradamouseRumours say this has been commanded by the king to clear the scum out of the office, then to reinstate new elections. As I said, it doesn't look grim right now, but the situation is unstable.

Well, it seems like a logical thing for a king to say when overthrowing an elected government. You are right though, this situation is unstable, though it does not seem like the world is going to end as a result. It may end up well after all.




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#10 12 years ago

This is unreal, Thiland is the last place you'd expect a coup. It is one of the more modern nations in Asia and gets along with everyone great. Sounds like it is time for the US Marines to rock and roll and liberate us another nation!