What's Going on in Thailand?

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    May 22, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/22/314780439/coup-in-thailand-military-seizes-control-of-country

    Professing my monthly ignorance for what's going on around the world, this time over in Bangkok.

    I'm currently awash in understanding the yellow-shirts from the red-shirts, and whatnot. Martial law, then The Coup That's Not a Coup, Until It Is. What's going on there?
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    May 22, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
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    May 23, 2014 3:31 AM GMT
    I've been following somewhat as I every so often consider expatriating there. The shirts make it sound like color war at sleep-a-way camp.

    I don't get all their politics from this far afar but it doesn't strike me as anything major. They have such tradition of compassion--well, that is to say, aside from human trafficking--that this military action probably was to stop people from getting killed.

    I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the Thai king might even have orchestrated the coup, or in some way had his blessings. He's very well loved by the citizens there and hugely wealthy so probably exerts quite a bit of control even as they work towards democracy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej
    In August 2008, Forbes published its 2008 version of The World's Richest Royals and King Bhumibol was listed first, with an estimated wealth of US$35 billion


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    May 23, 2014 3:47 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI've been following somewhat as I every so often consider expatriating there. The shirts make it sound like color war at sleep-a-way camp.

    I don't get all their politics from this far afar but it doesn't strike me as anything major. They have such tradition of compassion--well, that is to say, aside from human trafficking--that this military action probably was to stop people from getting killed.

    I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the Thai king might even have orchestrated the coup, or in some way had his blessings. He's very well loved by the citizens there and hugely wealthy so probably exerts quite a bit of control even as they work towards democracy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej
    In August 2008, Forbes published its 2008 version of The World's Richest Royals and King Bhumibol was listed first, with an estimated wealth of US$35 billion




    Thanks for the info and the context. The words "military coup" seemed significant when I first heard of it, until I saw it's something like their 19th already. It does seem like an effort by the army to quash the killing between the factions.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/thailand-army-chief-announces-military-coup

    The GuardianThe political fighting has seen 28 people killed and more than 700 injured since November when anti-government protesters began calling for the removal of the Pheu Thai government.

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    May 23, 2014 3:48 AM GMT
    Doh! This really was supposed to be in the News 'n Politricks forum, my bad!
  • Amelorn

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    May 23, 2014 3:58 AM GMT
    These sort of military coups are par for the course in Thai politics.

    Traditionally, an elected leader reigns for a few years, a segment of the populace gets sick of him/her, unrest occurs, the military steps in, new elections are held, and the cycle repeats.

    Thai democracy, by Western standards, has very poor government transition norms. In Thailand, the military serves the function that inauguration day does in the US: ushering out the old and installing the new. It's a predictable sort of chaos. Generally, I wouldn't worry unless the monarchy was under fire or tourists/expats were under attack.

    Typically, and this case is no different, all sides in Thailand agree on the importance of the tourist/expat trade and leave them be. If someone I knew had vacation plans, I'd tell them to go and enjoy.
  • MikeW

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    May 23, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    I have a friend who is from Thailand (wealthy). Actually moving back there on June 1. I'm supposed to see her a few days before she leaves. If I do, I'll ask her how she sees what's going on. In general, though, I think Amelorn has it about right.

    Keep in mind that we never get the full or possibly even the *real* story about what is going on in politics like this. Lots of strings attached.
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    May 23, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    Some of my best friends live in Thailand. Most of them are safe in there areas. But one of my friends has been affected by some rather violent protests happening recently icon_confused.gif I'm wishing the best for Thailand. I truly love the country and the people there.

    The Thai kind has a lot of mixed feelings for me. He's very loved by the people, including some of my friends. But there's been lots of talks of shady things goin down. And him orchestrating the coup could have happened.

    Either way i hope the best for the people there.
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    May 23, 2014 5:59 AM GMT
    Amelorn saidIn Thailand, the military serves the function that inauguration day does in the US: ushering out the old and installing the new.


    Very funny and probably rings true

    lifeduringwartime23 said...And him orchestrating the coup could have happened...


    Hard to imagine him not involved but certainly that would never be confirmed if ever even whispered.

    Well, it's either him or Yul Brynner

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  • tj85016

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    May 23, 2014 5:19 PM GMT
    Thailand has a military coup every 18 months or so
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    May 23, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
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  • Amelorn

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    May 24, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    tj85016 saidThailand has a military coup every 18 months or so


    Yep.

    It does spook the new expat workers, who demand tickets for an impromptu holiday out to HK or Singapore, but any old timer isn't phased.
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    May 24, 2014 5:33 AM GMT
    To make a long story short, a billionaire prime minister Thaksin was ousted in Sep 2006 due to multiple corruption charges.

    Ever since, Thailand has been divided because the poor love him but the rich hate him. Whenever one side gets their favored PM in the office, the other side tries to bring him down.

    His sister became a prime minister for almost two years, practically as his puppet trying to change laws to pardon Thaksin and allow him to return to Thailand guiltless.

    She was also removed from office last month.

    So the clash continues. Now the military is getting involved in a coup.

    Unfortunately democracy in Thailand is not pure as votes are bought during elections because the poor are willing to sell their votes for survival. So billionaire Thaksin and his party are also accused of winning the election through vote buying.

    And now Thailand is being boycotted by the US.

    There's so much more. But it's sad for Thai people. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif