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Military launches a coup in Thailand (Muslim General ousts Prime Minister)
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Posted on 09/19/2006 9:27:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king.

An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance.

At least 14 tanks surrounded Government House, Thaksin's office. Thaksin was in New York at the U.N. General Assembly and declared a state of emergency.


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Thai soldiers ride tank next to Government house in Bangkok on Tuesday, Sept 19. 2006. Rumors of a military coup swept the Thai capital Tuesday night, as an army-owned television station suspended regular programming and played patriotic songs.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)


1 posted on 09/19/2006 9:27:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Tanks stand outside Government House in Bangkok September 19, 2006. Tanks surrounded Thailand's Government House on Tuesday and Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra declared a state of emergency in Bangkok amid signs of the first attempted coup in the southeast Asian nation in 15 years. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)


Forces loyal to sacked Thai military commander Lieutenant General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, seen here in March 2006, seized the prime minister's office in Bangkok, witnesses said as tanks and heavily armed soldiers were seen in the streets of Bangkok.(AFP/File/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

2 posted on 09/19/2006 9:29:02 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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Military personnel stand outside Government House in Bangkok September 19, 2006. Tanks surrounded Thailand's Government House on Tuesday and Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra declared a state of emergency in Bangkok amid signs of the first attempted coup in the southeast Asian nation in 15 years. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)

3 posted on 09/19/2006 9:29:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

TANK!!??

HA HA. Ignorant AP twit.


4 posted on 09/19/2006 9:30:35 AM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: NormsRevenge
...Thai soldiers ride tank next to Government house in Bangkok ...

Idiots at AP don't know the difference between a tank and an armoured personnel carrier.

5 posted on 09/19/2006 9:31:08 AM PDT by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Don't Thai soldiers swear loyalty to the Thai Constitution rather than to a particular general?
6 posted on 09/19/2006 9:31:22 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: NormsRevenge

Members of the Thai delegation attend the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has brought forward an address to the UN General Assembly amid a revolt by his military back in Bangkok.(AFP/Don Emmert)

7 posted on 09/19/2006 9:31:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

While the cat's away, the mice will play!


8 posted on 09/19/2006 9:34:55 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: NormsRevenge

Thailand has become somewhat of a major commercial center similar to Hong Kong. This is signficant news.


9 posted on 09/19/2006 9:35:25 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bangkok has long been one of my favorite cities and the Thai people are special too. Always were warm, peaceful and friendly in my experience.


10 posted on 09/19/2006 9:36:17 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: NormsRevenge

WOW Norm I just hear about it OH GOD I hope Thailand don't fall into Islamists there


11 posted on 09/19/2006 9:36:28 AM PDT by SevenofNine (I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I guess the question is what is driving this?


12 posted on 09/19/2006 9:36:58 AM PDT by misterrob
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To: NormsRevenge

Good planning. The PM is at the UN today for the big meeting.


13 posted on 09/19/2006 9:37:10 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: NormsRevenge

Is that John Mark Karr on top of that tank?


14 posted on 09/19/2006 9:38:54 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: All

article UPDATE

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BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king.

An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance.

At least 14 tanks surrounded Government House, Thaksin's office. Thaksin was in New York at the U.N. General Assembly and declared a state of emergency via a government-owned TV station.

A convoy of four tanks rigged with loudspeakers and sirens rolled through a busy commercial district warning people to get off the street for their own safety.

A senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin had used the military to take over power from the prime minister.

Thaksin has faced calls to step down amid allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

Massive rallies earlier this year forced Thaksin to dissolve Parliament and call an election in April, three years ahead of schedule. The poll was boycotted by opposition parties and later annulled by Thailand's top courts, leaving the country without a working legislature.

Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai Party twice won landslide election victories, in 2001 and 2005 and had been expected to win the next vote on Oct. 15, bolstered by its widespread support in the country's rural areas.

In 1992, demonstrators against a military strongman were gunned down before the king stepped in to end the fighting and usher in a period of stability.

On Monday, Thaksin had said he may step down as leader of the country after upcoming elections, but he will remain at the helm of his party, despite calls for him to give up the post.

On Tuesday night, several hundred soldiers were deployed at government installations and major intersections in the capital of Bangkok, according to an Associated Press reporter.

Army-owned TV channel 5 interrupted regular broadcasts with patriotic music and showed pictures of the king. At least some radio and television stations monitored in Bangkok suspended programming.

The cable television station of the Nation newspaper reported that tanks were parked at the Rachadamnoen Road and royal plaza close to the royal palace and government offices.

"The prime minister with the approval of the cabinet declares serious emergency law in Bangkok from now on" Thaksin said on Channel 9 from New York. He said he was ordering the transfer of the nation's army chief to work in the prime minister's office, effectively suspending him from his military duties.

Thaksin's critics want to jettison his policies promoting privatization, free trade agreements and CEO-style administration.

Opposition to Thaksin gained momentum in January when his family announced it had sold its controlling stake in telecommunications company Shin Corp. to Singapore's state-owned Temasek Holdings for a tax-free $1.9 billion. Critics allege the sale involved insider trading and complain a key national asset is now in foreign hands.

Thaksin also has been accused of stifling the media and mishandling a Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand that flared under his rule.

In Thailand's mostly Muslim south, separatist insurgents have waged a bloody campaign that has left at least 1,700 dead, mostly civilians, since 2004. Citizens there have complained of rights abuses by soldiers and discrimination by the country's Buddhist majority.


15 posted on 09/19/2006 9:39:12 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Don't Thai soldiers swear loyalty to the Thai Constitution rather than to a particular general?

Roman legions swore loyalty to the republic, but follows Julius Ceaser across the Rubican.
16 posted on 09/19/2006 9:39:42 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: SevenofNine

There a lot of Muslims in Southern Thailand. They are causing trouble there. I don't know the reason for this coup.


18 posted on 09/19/2006 9:40:44 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: NormsRevenge

I know most here cannot understand Thai, but the military news television station there streams live via Media Player at mms://streaming1.ip-tv.tv/itv_live


19 posted on 09/19/2006 9:40:59 AM PDT by mhking (I make my livin' on the evening news....)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

Thailand is 95% Buddhist.


20 posted on 09/19/2006 9:41:52 AM PDT by pleikumud
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To: SevenofNine
WOW Norm I just hear about it OH GOD I hope Thailand don't fall into Islamists there

If anything, the general is launching a coup to untie his hands in dealing with the islamics. Muslims in Thailand are probably going to be running scared if this coup succeeds and the gloves come off.

21 posted on 09/19/2006 9:42:32 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Property tax is feudalism. Income taxes are armed robbery of the minority by the majority.)
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To: mhking

Thanks!


22 posted on 09/19/2006 9:43:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

I know the Muslims are trying to get a toehold here--so is the army on the side of the Buddhists or the Muslims?


23 posted on 09/19/2006 9:46:12 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: pleikumud

Somehow Tanks, just don't scream Budda to me.

Besides you know Bush is behind it, John Mark Karr was a Bush operative; the Ramsey thing was just a way to pull him out.


24 posted on 09/19/2006 9:46:57 AM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: NormsRevenge

And no one or no thing is higher in Thailand than the King.

They really love this guy. They pay tribute to him with pictures of him and put fresh fruit and drinks in front of these pictures on a regular basis.


25 posted on 09/19/2006 9:47:57 AM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: MizSterious

Buddhists


26 posted on 09/19/2006 9:48:12 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia; SevenofNine

It's been a few years, but Thailand used to have so many coups that it became almost like a joke, with various generals overthrowing each other on regular intervals and the rest of the country just carry on as normal.

In this case the current PM has been extremely unpopular, even though he is scheduled to step down in the Nov election, guess some of the previously sacked militaty factions just couldn't wait ...


27 posted on 09/19/2006 9:48:17 AM PDT by Republican Party Reptile
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To: jbwbubba; NormsRevenge; All

That too small fries

Actually this is Karl Rove fault try put practical joke on Thaliand PM while he is way

THINK FREEPERS THINK LOL!


28 posted on 09/19/2006 9:57:07 AM PDT by SevenofNine (I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy)
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To: SevenofNine

I am flying into Bangkok on Thursday...

I just phoned my hotel.

true conversation (classic thai)

Me: "So there's a coup"
Hotel Gal: "Yeah, army in control"

Me: "So, should I worry? (I am coming from Singapore)"
Hotel Gal: "No, army not against shopping"


29 posted on 09/19/2006 10:00:05 AM PDT by watsonfellow
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To: Centurion2000
Muslims in Thailand are probably going to be running scared if this coup succeeds and the gloves come off.

Good!

30 posted on 09/19/2006 10:00:53 AM PDT by processing please hold (If you can't stand behind our military, stand in front of them.)
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To: Republican Party Reptile
It's been a few years, but Thailand used to have so many coups that it became almost like a joke

I was wondering if this was some of the same. Still hoping they'll head south, but not holding my breath.

31 posted on 09/19/2006 10:00:56 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: All

another article UPDATE

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BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king.

An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance.

Thaksin, who has faced calls to step down amid allegations of corruption and abuse of power, was in New York at the U.N. General Assembly, and he declared a state of emergency via a government-owned TV station.

At least 14 tanks surrounded Government House, Thaksin's office.

A convoy of four tanks rigged with loudspeakers and sirens rolled through a busy commercial district of Bangkok, warning people to get off the street for their own safety.

A senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin had used the military to take over power from the prime minister.

Massive rallies earlier this year forced Thaksin to dissolve Parliament and call an election in April, three years ahead of schedule. The poll was boycotted by opposition parties and later annulled by Thailand's top courts, leaving the country without a working legislature.

Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai Party twice won landslide election victories, in 2001 and 2005 and had been expected to win the next vote on Oct. 15, bolstered by its widespread support in the country's rural areas.

In March, Boonyaratkalin, sought to ease speculation that the military might join the political fray, as it last did in 1992 and more than a dozen other times during earlier crises.

"The army will not get involved in the political conflict. Political troubles should be resolved by politicians," Boonyaratkalin said at the time, echoing comments of other top military officials. "Military coups are a thing of the past."

Thaksin, who had been scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday night, switched his speech to Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT.

On Monday, Thaksin had said he may step down as leader of Thailand after the upcoming elections but would remain at the helm of his party, despite calls for him to give up the post.

In Bangkok, several hundred soldiers were deployed at government installations and major intersections, according to an Associated Press reporter.

Army-owned TV channel 5 interrupted regular broadcasts with patriotic music and showed pictures of the king. At least some radio and television stations monitored in Bangkok suspended programming.

The cable television station of the Nation newspaper reported that tanks were parked at the Rachadamnoen Road and royal plaza close to the royal palace and government offices.

"The prime minister with the approval of the cabinet declares serious emergency law in Bangkok from now on" Thaksin said by television from New York. He said he was ordering the transfer of the nation's army chief to work in the prime minister's office, effectively suspending him from his military duties.

Thaksin's critics want to jettison his policies promoting privatization, free trade agreements and CEO-style administration.

Opposition to Thaksin gained momentum in January when his family announced it had sold its controlling stake in telecommunications company Shin Corp. to Singapore's state-owned Temasek Holdings for a tax-free $1.9 billion. Critics allege the sale involved insider trading and complain a key national asset is now in foreign hands.

Thaksin also has been accused of stifling the media and mishandling a Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand that flared under his rule.

In Thailand's mostly Muslim south, separatist insurgents have waged a bloody campaign that has left at least 1,700 dead, mostly civilians, since 2004. Citizens there have complained of rights abuses by soldiers and discrimination by the country's Buddhist majority.

Bhumibol, a 78-year-old constitutional monarch with limited powers, has used his high prestige to pressure opposing parties to compromise during political crises. He is credited with helping keep Thailand more stable than many of its Southeast Asian neighbors.

He is the world's longest-serving monarch, celebrated his 60th year on the throne with lavish festivities in mid-June that were attended by royalty from around the world.

Many Thais are counting on him to pull the country through its current political crisis, which has left it with no functioning legislature and only a caretaker government after a divisive, inconclusive election.

Bhumibol was born in Cambridge, Mass. He became the ninth king of Thailand's Chakri dynasty on June 9, 1946, succeeding his older brother, Ananda, killed by an unexplained shooting.

Since then, the beloved king has reigned through a score of governments, democratic and dictatorial. He has taken an especially active role in rural development.

In 1992, demonstrators against a military strongman were gunned down before the king stepped in to end the fighting and usher in a period of stability.


32 posted on 09/19/2006 10:01:57 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: watsonfellow

and if past Thai coups are any indication, enterprising street vendors will have already setup food and drink stalls selling to soldiers stuck in their APC's and tanks ... :)


33 posted on 09/19/2006 10:04:30 AM PDT by Republican Party Reptile
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To: NormsRevenge

Heck, that's normal Bangkok traffic. They had to wait until the PM was out of the country because it takes three hours to get from one side of town to the other...


35 posted on 09/19/2006 10:05:50 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ncountylee

Yes, it's no ordinary venue.


36 posted on 09/19/2006 10:06:14 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: watsonfellow
"No, army not against shopping."

A keeper.

37 posted on 09/19/2006 10:09:15 AM PDT by dighton
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To: NormsRevenge
This is your republic without 2nd Amendment rights.

Any questions?

39 posted on 09/19/2006 10:12:14 AM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: NormsRevenge

"In Thailand's mostly Muslim south, separatist insurgents have waged a bloody campaign that has left at least 1,700 dead, mostly civilians, since 2004. Citizens there have complained of rights abuses by soldiers and discrimination by the country's Buddhist majority."

This last part is mysterious. Does it mean "Muslim citizens there have complained..."? I think it does. Can you imagine Buddhists ever bothering anyone?


40 posted on 09/19/2006 10:17:23 AM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: watsonfellow

Talk about laid back! Heh heh heh...


41 posted on 09/19/2006 10:33:26 AM PDT by SAJ (debunking myths about markets and prices on FR since 2001)
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To: MizSterious
I know the Muslims are trying to get a toehold here--so is the army on the side of the Buddhists or the Muslims?

It's amazing how many people jump straight to wondering if Muslims are involved.

Thailand's Muslim population is relatively small and isolated. They're certainly capable of carrying out terrorist attacks, but they're nowhere near the capability to take over a city hall, let alone the national government.

The split in Thailand is, in large part, urban/rural. Thaksin has never been very popular in Bangkok, but he's beloved in the countryside. He's a telecommunications billionaire, the richest man in Thailand, and there have been persistent claims that he's used the government to make his family even richer.

As to who's side the army's on, Thaksin's or the opposition's, that remains to be seen. There's evidence of a split within the army, and the tanks outside the government house are apparently tied to the opposition, but that's not clear.

The most hopeful sign is that the leaders of the coup hastened to pledge allegiance to the king. He's the most stabilizing force in the country, but the flip side is that he remains revered in part because he only rarely gets involved in politics. I don't see any way he'd choose a side, but he could try to keep everyone calm (which they appear to be) and call for elections soon.

42 posted on 09/19/2006 10:38:56 AM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: Gay State Conservative
Don't Thai soldiers swear loyalty to the Thai Constitution rather than to a particular general?
They swear loyalty to the King. General Boonyaratglin has the support of the king.

England is the same. The crown owns the military and they swear loyalty to the crown.
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43 posted on 09/19/2006 10:48:51 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: MizSterious
so is the army on the side of the Buddhists or the Muslims?
The army is on the side of the King. The King is a Buddhist.
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44 posted on 09/19/2006 10:52:00 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: watsonfellow
"No, army not against shopping"
ROFL!!!
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45 posted on 09/19/2006 10:54:07 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Red Alert: Thailand - Military Movement in Bangkok
The Thai military moved tanks around government headquarters in Bangkok the evening of Sept. 19 as part of an apparent army coup. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in New York, and he will not be able to return until some sort of compromise has been made. Thaksin tried to make a statement on television regarding a state of emergency, but the programming was interrrupted to show pictures of Thai royalty while songs associated with former military coups played in the background.

The tanks moved in shortly after Thaksin issued a state of emergency and ordered army Commander in Chief Sondhi Boonyaratkalin to report to Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Gen. Chidchai Wannasathit. It is unclear whether this is an attempted coup, preventative military action or a countercoup.

Meanwhile, things are relatively calm in Bankgkok. No soldiers have been patrolling the streets, no curfew has been declared and the airport is open

09/19/06 12:34:17 Subscription Only Stratfor.com


46 posted on 09/19/2006 11:06:49 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: ncountylee
Bangkok has long been one of my favorite cities and the Thai people are special too. Always were warm, peaceful and friendly in my experience.

John Karr agrees,

47 posted on 09/19/2006 11:13:11 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: watsonfellow

Someone just came into my office and said their son is in Thailand on a movie shoot. She wanted to know what was going on...the production is trying to arrange a jet to fly the crew out.


48 posted on 09/19/2006 11:13:34 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: FReepaholic

"Idiots at AP don't know the difference between a tank and an armoured personnel carrier."

The same idiots that think every firearm is an "assault rifle".


49 posted on 09/19/2006 11:20:00 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: BurbankKarl

I would tell her not to worry too much.

Please know and tell her that this is not Islam related.

Thailand will be fine as will bangkok. her son is safe.

Most likely her son and crew will fly to singapore to "wait things out"

But know this, The Thais revere their King...and the King will never allow bloodshed.

It will not happen.

Most likely this will pass.

Please be not afraid and tell your friend at work, her son is safe.


50 posted on 09/19/2006 11:21:01 AM PDT by watsonfellow
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