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Old 19th September 2006, 06:22 PM
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Coup d'etat in Bangkok

Thai military staging coup attempt.

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That's what happends when you start blocking adult internet sites. The military will raise its guns in rebellion.
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Re: Coup d'etat in Bangkok

LOL - There is one thing in the world that everyone wants... and india/china/thailand have taken it away! lol
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Re: Coup d'etat in Bangkok

Hi there,

The recent Thai coup has been a bloodless one and it is supported by a large percentage of people in Thailand especially in Bangkok. The gist of it is that the Prime Minister who has been toppled by the military has enriched himself and his cronies at the expense of the country. He was a former telecom tycoon who amassed his wealth through government concessions and corruption. Last year, he sold his entire Thai business to the government of Singapore for a very large sum and avoided paying any tax through creative means. He also tried to silence the media by suing anyone that spoke against him. His dicatorship style of management that puts his interest ahead that of the country created a wave of opposition against him and the pressure for him to step down as many viewd him to lack moral integrity. An election that was held this year was voided by the Supreme court as the government was alleged of rigging the outcome with the opposition parties bycotting the election altogher


I am currently in Canada but everyone else in my family is there and they have reported that no blood has been shed and the military loyal to the king plans to return power to the people at the earliest possible. The Thai king is highly revered and has brought stability to Thailand in a region that has traditionally been shaky.


Although in the short run this development in Thailand may tarnish Thailans's reputation in the democratic community but I firmly believe Thailand will reemerge stronger as a country with a new constitution that would be cleaner to serve the interst of its people. Thailand has had many coups in our history and as a country we have always survived and thrived against all odds and we will again.
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Re: Coup d'etat in Bangkok

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Hi there, The recent Thai coup has been a bloodless one and it is supported by a large percentage of people in Thailand especially in Bangkok. The gist of it is that the Prime Minister who has been toppled by the military has enriched himself and his cronies at the expense of the country. He was a former telecom tycoon who amassed his wealth through government concessions and corruption. Last year, he sold his entire Thai business to the government of Singapore for a very large sum and avoided paying any tax through creative means. He also tried to silence the media by suing anyone that spoke against him. His dicatorship style of management that puts his interest ahead that of the country created a wave of opposition against him and the pressure for him to step down as many viewd him to lack moral integrity. An election that was held this year was voided by the Supreme court as the government was alleged of rigging the outcome with the opposition parties bycotting the election altogher
Thanks for your information and we hope this is a good result for the Thai people. The events leading up to the coup are being reported as you describe in the US news.
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Re: Coup d'etat in Bangkok

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Hi there,

The recent Thai coup has been a bloodless one and it is supported by a large percentage of people in Thailand especially in Bangkok. The gist of it is that the Prime Minister who has been toppled by the military has enriched himself and his cronies at the expense of the country. He was a former telecom tycoon who amassed his wealth through government concessions and corruption. Last year, he sold his entire Thai business to the government of Singapore for a very large sum and avoided paying any tax through creative means. He also tried to silence the media by suing anyone that spoke against him. His dicatorship style of management that puts his interest ahead that of the country created a wave of opposition against him and the pressure for him to step down as many viewd him to lack moral integrity. An election that was held this year was voided by the Supreme court as the government was alleged of rigging the outcome with the opposition parties bycotting the election altogher


I am currently in Canada but everyone else in my family is there and they have reported that no blood has been shed and the military loyal to the king plans to return power to the people at the earliest possible. The Thai king is highly revered and has brought stability to Thailand in a region that has traditionally been shaky.


Although in the short run this development in Thailand may tarnish Thailans's reputation in the democratic community but I firmly believe Thailand will reemerge stronger as a country with a new constitution that would be cleaner to serve the interst of its people. Thailand has had many coups in our history and as a country we have always survived and thrived against all odds and we will again.
Yes I have to agree with all of this. And can only add that Thaksin won his "democratic" power by bribing the rural people of the north and north-east. I was living in a Thai village at the time, and saw the bribery first-hand. It was 500B a vote in our village

I believe I am the only forum member currently in BKK, with Wot in Chiang Mai. If I see anything first-hand I will report it, but since I doubt I will venture out of our housing estate in the next couple of days, don't expect any pictures of tanks
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Re: Coup d'etat in Bangkok

Thanks for the eyewitness perspective on the situation.

Best wishes for you and any family you have with you. May you all remain safe and over the next few weeks!

Good luck.
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Re: Coup d'etat in Bangkok

The question now is whether the economic prosperity in Thailand the past 4 years will now come to a turn. One must know that the Philippines government is democratic but it's economy is in shambles for as long as most of us have lived. The key will be in the capability of the next Thai PM.

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