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    Coup 2014 !!!! : Military 'takes control' in Thailand

    Military 'takes control' in Thailand
    22 May 2014

    Thailand's army chief says the military is taking control of government.

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

    The BBC's Jonah Fisher, in Bangkok, says the move appears to confirm that a full-blown coup is under way.

    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 for months.

    On Tuesday, the military imposed martial law.

    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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    Wow, never saw that coming.........

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    Just saw that on VOA a few minutes ago.

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    & some folks will still say it's all for the good, and when LM laws are increased to include the PC, army generals and CC judges, those same folk still won't see what's happening...

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    A fully appointed senate with more powers, any bets on that being part of the reforms??

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    It's amazing how pro-coup or generally apathetic many expats here are. Guess they don't have families or give a shit about other people's rights and freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merrimack View Post
    It's amazing how pro-coup or generally apathetic many expats here are. Guess they don't have families or give a shit about other people's rights and freedom.
    It's a cycle, many have seen it before, many times.

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    Rinse wash repeat.....

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    Do we know who exactly the army has kidnapped?

    Presumably, the dems and suthep will be released while the PT and red shirt folks will be detained...

    BTW, the army are doing/supporting 100% what suthep wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    It's a cycle, many have seen it before, many times.
    ...and kind of understand their place in the country as Thais see it.

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    Poll shows over 75 percent of the people support martial law | Thai PBS English News

    More than 75 percent of the people surveyed by Suan Dusit Poll agreed with the martial law.
    Suan Dusit Poll of Ratchabhat University’s Suan Dusit campus conducted an opinion survey from a total of 1,264 people during May 20-21. The results of the survey are as follows:

    - 50.93 percent said the martial law would help ease the tensioin and the army are capable of controlling the situation and preventing confrontation.

    - 25.75 percent believe that martial law is a way out of the conflict and the people will feel more secured.

    - 11.49 percent are worried because the martial law may affect their livelihood and render inconvenience to their travelling.

    - 7.14 percent are concerned that the martial law will impact on the country’s image and stability.

    - 4.66 percent are afraid that the special law may provoke resistance which may lead to more violence.

    The poll showed that 75.95 percent agreed with the martial law because it would help prevent violence and people feel more secured whereas 12.34 percent said that with or without martial law the political conflict would not be resolved and protests would continue as normal.

    The 11.71 percent who opposed the law said that the martial law was unjustified because there was no riot or serious violence to justify the imposition of the law. Moreover, the law will give a false impression that a coup has taken place.
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    More than 75 percent of the people surveyed by Suan Dusit Poll agreed with the martial law.
    Yet according to merrimack any farang who isn't frothing with righteous indignation can't possibly care about the future of Thailand or even the future of their own kids?

    Spare me.

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    all 1200 in total who where polled .................

    spare me indeed .

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    ^^ yep. 75% of the Thai people in favour of the military stepping in, but apparently Betty, etc. knows better and will tell us what is right for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    all 1200 in total who where polled .................

    spare me indeed .
    The usual response here whenever a thai poll is mentioned.

    It's always either:

    A) it was biased
    B) the methodology was wrong
    C) the sample size was too small.

    Give it a rest will you?

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    A bloodless coup exactly as in 2006 which is an improvement on the killings that have occurred on both sides over the past 6 months.

    The decision to move was probably made on the back of the squabbling at yesterdays meeting.

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    Suthep and red shirt leader have been detained or arrested as well.

    Thai army chief announces military coup, troops take protest leader away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick
    A bloodless coup exactly as in 2006 which is an improvement on the killings that have occurred on both sides over the past 6 months.

    The decision to move was probably made on the back of the squabbling at yesterdays meeting.

    Very nice of suthep to set it all up for him, he certainly earned his crust and will be well looked after...

    Hilarious how this has been framed, and pointed out as such, yet some of you still buy into it like you're fresh off the boat... New appointed senators, no one man one vote, increased LM and security and media laws, increased military spending, decreased spending on education, no election, massive propaganda campaign for ahem... &, some of you will still not see the reality...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Do we know who exactly the army has kidnapped?

    Presumably, the dems and suthep will be released while the PT and red shirt folks will be detained...

    BTW, the army are doing/supporting 100% what suthep wanted.
    Yes, as has been predicted on here many times. Well that ought to shut up those who were saying the army wouldn't stage a coup and were not one-sided

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    More than 75 percent of the people surveyed by Suan Dusit Poll agreed
    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    - 50.93 percent said the martial law would help ease the tensioin
    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    - 25.75 percent believe that martial law is a way out of the conflict
    Agreed ??

    spare me indeed .

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    I sure hope the Reds have a real resistance plan..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    I sure hope the Reds have a real resistance plan..
    Yes. Correct. It's now or never.

    If they just piddle off home - and start Facebook and Twittersphere campaigns, then they deserve to be sidelined politically.

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    Above: On all the channels now—it reads “National Peace Keeping Council (NPKC)”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    I sure hope the Reds have a real resistance plan..

    It would be kind of pathetic if they didn't but having the Coup happen proves the crimes of the Yellow Military. The world really doesn't care anyways. They could kill 10,000 Thais and in 5 years business and relations would be back to normal here. Sick world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    I sure hope the Reds have a real resistance plan..
    With your thirst for blood shed I am sure we will see your face in the news leading the Charge against the amart oppressor pawn troops.

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    Gunfire heard at Utthayan Road where red shirts rallying
    May 22, 2014

    Gunfire was heard at the Utthayan Road where the red-shirt people were rallying.

    The gunfire was heard amid reports that troops would be deployed to forcefully disperse the demonstrators.

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