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    Anti Coup : BTS cancels services at Ploenchit, Chidlom stations

    BTS cancels services at Ploenchit, Chidlom stations
    May 25, 2014

    From 1.15pm Sunday onwards, BTS sky trains will not stop at Pleonchit and Chidlom stations due to protests under stations, the BTS announced via is @BTS_SkyTrain Twitter page.

    It said the services cancellation will continue until further notice.

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    Hundreds defy Thai junta warning against protests
    May 25


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    BANGKOK (AP) -- Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against anti-coup demonstrations with a rally in the central shopping district that's being closely watched by troops.

    Earlier Sunday, Thailand's top general who staged last week's coup, Prayuth Chan-ocha, told people to avoid rallies, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at this time.

    About 500 angry protesters didn't listen and confronted troops who blocked access to the city's Skytrain in an attempt to prevent a third day of protests in Bangkok on Sunday.

    At one point a group of soldiers was chased away by the crowds at Ratchaprasong shopping district. By midday, soldiers blocked off elevated walkways linking the upscale malls and Skytrain stops to the area have been suspended.

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    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 41s

    2:25pm RT @photogjack: Situation in Ratchaprasong is very tense. People should stay away. Many soldiers facing riled up crowd #ThaiCoup

    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 41s

    2:24pm - RT @aleursic: Soldiers are blocking the way to BTS Siam, so protesters start walking up Ratchaprarop #ThaiCoup #Bangkok

    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 1m

    RT @CEO4IMC: มันเริ่มแล้วจริงๆๆ <== You can say that again. Momentum of Anti-#ThaiCoup protests seems to be growing in #Bangkok

    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 1m

    If the Anti-#ThaiCoup protesters now head to Victory Monument, will @BTS_SkyTrain also close down that station? #Bangkok #Thailand

    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 21s

    2:20pm RT @AndrewBuncombe: Crowd at Ratchaprasong seems to be growing in numbers. Looks like they are setting off for Victory Monument

    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 30s

    2:16pm - RT @aleursic: Anti-#ThaiCoup protesters decide to leave Ratchaprasong and go to Victory Monument. Much more people than yesterday

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    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 3s 2:35pm Map of route Anti-#ThaiCoup protesters are taking from Ratchaprasong to Victory Monument #Bangkok #Thailand pic.twitter.com/NeVqgAzjsf


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    Thai protests against coup continue despite army’s warnings
    May 25, 2014

    BANGKOK – Thai anti-coup protesters squared off against soldiers in Bangkok on Sunday in a growing show of dissent despite warnings from the ruling junta to end rallies, after the army consolidated all lawmaking authority.

    The military has detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and scores of other ousted government leaders and political figures following a coup that has provoked sharp international criticism.

    Dozens of protesters with large banners that read “Junta Out” and “Stop Coup” staged a boisterous demonstration, jeering angrily and pushing at lines of armed soldiers outside a shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok’s retail district.

    At least two protesters were taken away by the troops, according to reporters on the scene.

    One man was dragged away bleeding, while other demonstrators spat at soldiers as pockets of defiance against the army’s takeover continued to multiply.

    The protest came after the junta issued a fresh warning Sunday against the use of social media to “incite” unrest.

    “I ask for people’s understanding on the current situation and that they refrain from anti-coup rallies, because democracy cannot proceed normally at the moment,” army spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said.

    He said those detained by the military were being held without restraints and had not been “tortured or beaten” and reiterated that they would be released within seven days.

    Those being held include politicians and leaders from both sides of the country’s warring protest movements, while the army has summoned academics and journalists seen as critical to the coup.

    Thailand has been rocked by persistent and sometimes violent political turmoil for nearly a decade, with bitter divisions intensifying in the years following the 2006 ouster of Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin, by royalist generals.

    Thaksin and his allies have won every election in Thailand this century, helped by the polling might of his support base among the working class and communities in the north and northeast.

    But he is reviled by parts of the elite, the Bangkok middle class and southerners — an alliance with wide influence in the establishment and army but little electoral success.

    Bangkok has seen several outbreaks of protests against the junta since army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha launched a dramatic takeover Thursday.

    Witnesses also reported protests overnight in parts of Thaksin’s northern heartland, with rallies in the city of Khon Kaen and a heavy military presence in Thailand’s second largest metropolitan hub, Chiang Mai.

    The military junta on Saturday announced it had disbanded the Senate and placed all lawmaking authority in Prayuth’s hands.

    Civil liberties have been curbed, media restrictions imposed and most of the constitution abrogated.

    Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk was the first reporter summoned by the junta. He reported to a Bangkok army conference center Sunday with black tape across his mouth in protest, according to witnesses.

    Analysts have said the developments were an ominous signal that the army is digging its heals in and may be unwilling to relinquish power to a civilian government in the near term.

    Washington, long a key ally, has led international condemnation of the coup.

    It has suspended $3.5 million in military assistance, canceled official visits and army exercises and said its remaining Thai aid budget was under question.

    “We are increasingly concerned about actions the military has taken, just a few days after it staged a coup,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement Saturday, pointing to the dissolution of the Senate, arrests and media restrictions.

    “We again call on the military to release those detained for political reasons, end restrictions on the media and move to restore civilian rule and democracy through elections.”

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    Pop-Up Protests Spread Against Thailand's Coup
    Newley Purnell
    May 25, 2014


    Thai soldiers stand guard outside a McDonald's outlet ahead of a planned gathering in Bangkok on May 25, 2014.
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    BANGKOK—Protesters and troops squared off at a McDonald's MCD -0.44% restaurant in central Bangkok on Sunday, the latest in a series of sporadic protests against the Thai army's takeover of the country Thursday.

    Dozens of soldiers ringed the establishment at approximately 10 a.m. local time, apparently to detain an activist with the populist pro-democracy Red Shirt group who announced via his Facebook FB +1.37% page that he would appear at the location around that time, daring authorities to apprehend him. (Click here to read more about the latest developments in Thailand.)


    A protester against military rule gestures as he is shoved by soldiers into a police ambulance in Bangkok on May 25, 2014.
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    The streets of Bangkok are quiet following a military coup meant to end a monthslong political crisis in Thailand. The WSJ's James Hookway tells us what we can expect to see next in the country's tumultuous political landscape.

    The activist, Sombat Boonngamanong, wasn't present. But after a short while, a man wearing a red shirt sat down on the steps in front of the restaurant in defiance, holding his hands in the air, with both hands forming victory signs.

    Soon troops gathered him up and dragged him off. Fellow protesters resisted, resulting in a shoving match. Shortly after, more scuffles broke out between the growing crowd of demonstrators at other locations nearby, including the Gaysorn shopping mall where luxury brands including Louis Vuitton have outlets.

    Protesters berated the camouflage-clad soldiers, yelling at them to "get out." Some demonstrators held signs that said, among other things, "We want democracy" and "Stop!! No coup."

    In a play on the tourist slogan "Thailand: Land of Smiles", one placard read "Land of Slime."

    One woman, wearing dark sunglasses and black tape over her mouth, held up a sign that said "Long Live the People."

    "We came here to show that we want a democracy," said Orr Samart, a 40-year-old garment industry worker from Bangkok who was holding a sign that said "Why coup?"

    The soldiers "just want to keep the power" for themselves, Ms. Orr said, noting that she came because she saw a message on Facebook encouraging protesters to rally at the McDonald's at noon.

    Thai army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power in the country's 12th successful coup d'état, saying that the move was necessary to restore order after months of large and sometimes violent pro and antigovernment protests. Since then, nearly 200 people have been instructed to report to the armed forces for questions, including two former prime ministers.

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    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow · 47s 3pm Only hotspot in #Bangkok at the moment is a protest march between Ratchaprasong & Victory Monument. Elsewhere in the capital is “normal”


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    3pm - RT @willythuan: Wireless road still closed but no more protesters. Huge traffic jam. Avoid if you can pic.twitter.com/zhDIg0ZQ6a #ThaiCoup


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    Hundreds defy Thai junta warning against protests
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    BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against anti-coup demonstrations with a rally in the central shopping district that's being closely watched by troops.

    Earlier Sunday, Thailand's top general who staged last week's coup, Prayuth Chan-ocha, told people to avoid rallies, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at this time.

    About 500 angry protesters didn't listen and confronted troops who blocked access to the city's Skytrain in an attempt to prevent a third day of protests in Bangkok on Sunday.

    At one point a group of soldiers was chased away by the crowds at Ratchaprasong shopping district. By midday, soldiers blocked off elevated walkways linking the upscale malls and Skytrain stops to the area have been suspended.

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    Anti-coup protesters, soldiers clash at McDonalds Ratchaprasong
    Sun, 25/05/2014

    At midday on Sunday, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of McDonalds in Amarin Plaza, near Ratchaprasong intersection, following red shirt faction leader Sombat Boongam-anong's Facebook invitation to meet up "to have burgers." The confrontation heated up after soldiers tried to lock down the area and prevent civilians from entering. Protesters shouted "get out!" and "elections!" while the soldiers blasted Thai traditional music at them from military vehicles.





















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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Thai protests against coup continue despite army’s warnings
    May 25, 2014

    BANGKOK – Thai anti-coup protesters squared off against soldiers in Bangkok on Sunday in a growing show of dissent despite warnings from the ruling junta to end rallies, after the army consolidated all lawmaking authority.

    The military has detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and scores of other ousted government leaders and political figures following a coup that has provoked sharp international criticism.

    Dozens of protesters with large banners that read “Junta Out” and “Stop Coup” staged a boisterous demonstration, jeering angrily and pushing at lines of armed soldiers outside a shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok’s retail district.

    At least two protesters were taken away by the troops, according to reporters on the scene.

    One man was dragged away bleeding, while other demonstrators spat at soldiers as pockets of defiance against the army’s takeover continued to multiply.

    The protest came after the junta issued a fresh warning Sunday against the use of social media to “incite” unrest.

    “I ask for people’s understanding on the current situation and that they refrain from anti-coup rallies, because democracy cannot proceed normally at the moment,” army spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said.

    He said those detained by the military were being held without restraints and had not been “tortured or beaten” and reiterated that they would be released within seven days.

    Those being held include politicians and leaders from both sides of the country’s warring protest movements, while the army has summoned academics and journalists seen as critical to the coup.

    Thailand has been rocked by persistent and sometimes violent political turmoil for nearly a decade, with bitter divisions intensifying in the years following the 2006 ouster of Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin, by royalist generals.

    Thaksin and his allies have won every election in Thailand this century, helped by the polling might of his support base among the working class and communities in the north and northeast.

    But he is reviled by parts of the elite, the Bangkok middle class and southerners — an alliance with wide influence in the establishment and army but little electoral success.

    Bangkok has seen several outbreaks of protests against the junta since army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha launched a dramatic takeover Thursday.

    Witnesses also reported protests overnight in parts of Thaksin’s northern heartland, with rallies in the city of Khon Kaen and a heavy military presence in Thailand’s second largest metropolitan hub, Chiang Mai.

    The military junta on Saturday announced it had disbanded the Senate and placed all lawmaking authority in Prayuth’s hands.

    Civil liberties have been curbed, media restrictions imposed and most of the constitution abrogated.

    Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk was the first reporter summoned by the junta. He reported to a Bangkok army conference center Sunday with black tape across his mouth in protest, according to witnesses.

    Analysts have said the developments were an ominous signal that the army is digging its heals in and may be unwilling to relinquish power to a civilian government in the near term.

    Washington, long a key ally, has led international condemnation of the coup.

    It has suspended $3.5 million in military assistance, canceled official visits and army exercises and said its remaining Thai aid budget was under question.

    “We are increasingly concerned about actions the military has taken, just a few days after it staged a coup,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement Saturday, pointing to the dissolution of the Senate, arrests and media restrictions.

    “We again call on the military to release those detained for political reasons, end restrictions on the media and move to restore civilian rule and democracy through elections.”

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    Good to see the US is actually saying release detainees and call elections - that's pretty direct and not couched

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    Thailand coup: More than 1,000 anti-coup protesters defy junta ban with march
    May 25, 2014

    BANGKOK (AFP) - More than 1,000 Thai anti-coup protesters marched across the capital Bangkok Sunday as opposition to a military takeover of the country gathered strength, despite junta warnings to end rallies.

    Protesters shouting "Get Out!" made their way across the city cheered by onlookers, an AFP reporter at the scene said, after a tense standoff with armed soldiers in the city's retail heart as demonstrations swelled to the largest expression of dissent since the army seized power on Thursday.

    There was no sign of the military or police on the streets, despite an earlier junta statement calling on people not to protest, and rules under martial law banning gatherings of more than five people.

    The military has detained former premier Yingluck Shinawatra and scores of other ousted government leaders and political figures following the coup, which has provoked sharp international criticism.

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    a few, maybe a dozen

    then a hundred or so the next day

    a thousand today, still building?

    how many tomorrow and what will the junta do??? They have to try and stop it or it'll spread like wildfire, you'll have demos all over the country in large numbers within a couple of days.

    It's not like 2006...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Any chance that topics like this could be confined to Mid's news updates, and the flowery speeches, rah-rah statements and half time punditry go to another thread?

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    I'm not against some threads being purely for news updates with no discourse/debate - could be just pure info. Can such threads be marked somehow, maybe in the Thread title?

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    Many of you guys are going to piss off Dirty Dog and we know what he can be like. A single thread with all of the latest news is not going to attract as much attention as tons of new threads.

    Figure it out...

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    More than 1000 Thai anti-coup protesters have marched across the capital Bangkok as opposition to a military takeover of the country gathered strength, despite junta warnings to end rallies.

    Protesters shouting "Get Out!" made their way across the city cheered by onlookers, a reporter at the scene said, after a tense standoff with armed soldiers in the city's retail heart as demonstrations swelled to the largest expression of dissent since the army seized power on Thursday.

    Soldiers arrested at least three protesters, injuring one, after hundreds gathered at Ratchadamri Road in central Bangkok.

    The soldiers retreated and regrouped after finding themselves outnumbered. Their momentary withdrawal was greeted with cheers and more shouts of "Get out!".

    More demonstrators arrived at the scene after news and video of the arrests circulated on social media, prompting troops to retreat temporarily to avoid a larger confrontation.

    The protesters then marched toward Victory Monument, where a similar protest had taken place on Saturday, witnesses said.


    Thai anti-coup protesters defy junta ban | SBS News

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    That is a point, Hillbilly - obviously TD needs threads and traffic up, so this helps.

    A few threads just with updates could be good, but this is a forum not a news feed, so you are fundamentally right.

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    But is it really necessary for you to dash from topic to topic, saying exactly the same thing, like.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    a few, maybe a dozen

    then a hundred or so the next day

    a thousand today, still building?

    how many tomorrow and what will the junta do??? .
    closely followed by...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I suspect that lots of small demonstrations, a few hundred people here, maybe a thousand people there, spread around the country will be very powerful and difficult for the junta to control.
    .

    Why not save time by posting that just once, and using the saved time to go and research the rice scam, which is a pretty central component of current affairs, and one you admitted - much to everyone's surprise I think - you hadn't really looked into! (too busy posting: I expect!!)

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    Moog, the first was directly relevant to this thread. The second was in discussion with another poster, an answer. As events change, and today we have growing numbers of protesters, the discourse changes with new focal ideas; today it's the number of protesters, so it's normal to talk about these things on different threads.

    Regarding the rice scheme, I'm on coup threads, and I don't want to encourage the "But, Thaksin..." brigade to take the coup topic off focus. The rice scheme is not the reason for the coup. Power and control of a certain event and thus the big bucks moving forward is the reason for the coup...

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