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Thailand army declares martial law
BBC News ^ | may 19, 2014

Posted on 05/19/2014 4:08:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The army in Thailand has announced the imposition of martial law amid political crisis "to keep law and order".

The army has also granted itself wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision.

The military said it had taken the action to preserve peace and order.

The move comes after a long-running political crisis, and escalating tensions between the government and the opposition.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: asiapivot; martiallaw; thailand; thailandmartiallaw
Asia pivot = Arab spring
1 posted on 05/19/2014 4:08:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9mwELXPGbA


2 posted on 05/19/2014 4:10:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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NOVEMBER 2012 - The charmer-in-chief: Obama gets flirty as he schmoozes with Thai prime minister on first stop of historic Asia visit
3 posted on 05/19/2014 4:15:56 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Does Obama have his little Twitterers at work over there too?


4 posted on 05/19/2014 4:20:03 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Coup d’état underway???


5 posted on 05/19/2014 4:22:18 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Nothing in the US news about it. Do they never cover serious events like this.


6 posted on 05/19/2014 4:22:31 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Thailand?


7 posted on 05/19/2014 4:22:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Twitter:

“Martial Law declared in all Thailand since 3am 20th May 2014. Soldiers in control of most TV stations now.”


8 posted on 05/19/2014 4:24:25 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Viennacon

We were in Thailand several months ago. The “protesters” were few but vocal. Commie agitators, I’d say. Probably, Clown Prince nobama’s friends.


9 posted on 05/19/2014 4:24:27 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Viennacon
Nothing in the US news about it. Do they never cover serious events like this.

Nah, but they can tell you everytime Kim Kardashian goes to the bathroom.

10 posted on 05/19/2014 4:26:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Call out the Elephants!


11 posted on 05/19/2014 4:26:52 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Tweets:

-05.20 am Troops are at ASTV, VoiceTV, Springnews, #nation, ThaiPBS, Ch 7, Ch 3 already

-04:30 am, Army arrives at the Nation building in Bangna-Trat rd.

-There is apparently going to be an announcement soon on national TV which will hopefully clear up any confusion of whose in charge

-6:15am So far we are being told by the media that this is NOT a coup. Hopefully the acting PM will soon assure us that himself


12 posted on 05/19/2014 4:27:24 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, this is going to get interesting. Is the army coming in to help keep the caretaker government in power till some elections can be worked out, or will they side with the yellow shirt protest movement and effectively stage a coup.

I was there in January when Yingluck declared a state of emergency and for the elections that were annulled, but since then the protests seem to lose some steam and the pro-Thaksin forces might have won the day were it not for the Constitutional court throwing Yingluck out of power.

Supposed to be back there in Sept, but if we end up with a coup and massive redshirt hordes descending on BKK I guess I’d have to rethink things. Don’t want to be there for a rerun of 2010.


13 posted on 05/19/2014 4:27:58 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: tcrlaf; All

Military stresses that move ‘is not a coup’ but meant to ‘restore peace and order for people from all sides’

Thailand’s army on Tuesday declared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom to restore order following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.

An announcement on military-run television said martial law had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides”, stressing that the move “is not a coup”.
http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/asia-pacific/140520-thailand-s-army-invokes-martial-law-military-tv

“The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal,” it added.

It was not immediately clear if the move — which gives the military control of nationwide security — had been approved by the country’s embattled prime minister.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 4:29:29 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Troops inside ThaiPBS television station
15 posted on 05/19/2014 4:32:23 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: dfwgator

Glad someone observed the tradition. FReepers these days...


16 posted on 05/19/2014 4:33:52 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Cementjungle

Apparently, the anti-gov protests have turned violent in recent days, with several dead.

Tweet from 15 May:
May 15
Today Prayuth came out to warns RS to stop killing or else he will put on martial law, which is not coup. Got that Journalists


17 posted on 05/19/2014 4:39:50 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: hal ogen

There’s a north/south, socialist/monarchist divide I think. Something about yellows and reds.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 4:42:07 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The fight in Thailand is between the urban opposition and the rural governing party of the Thaksin family as I understand from the media.

The opposition uses street demonstrations and the courts to undermine the governing party which is still able to win the elections when they are held.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 4:53:32 PM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: dfwgator

Thailand has 11 “successful” and 9 “unsuccessful” coup efforts in the 20th century for a total of 20. So far it’s the first in the 21st century.


20 posted on 05/19/2014 4:57:21 PM PDT by hamboy
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To: tcrlaf
Today Prayuth came out to warns RS to stop killing or else he will put on martial law, which is not coup. Got that Journalists

Just to be clear, are you saying the army definitely did this in defense of the yellow shirt protesters? I assume your reference to RS means Red Shirts (pro-Thaksin forces defending the caretaker government).

Having lived in Bangkok and traveling back there often I think we all assumed the military would declare martial law and probably stage a coup at some point, but I am not clear at this moment whether they've officially thrown in with one side or the other. I guess it is still possible they will take over, restore order since the Yellows/protesters don't trust the police, and work with the election committee to determine a new election date. I am not so clear yet that the military has sided with Suthep and will insist on reforms before the next ballot (which I hope is the case since I detest Thaksin and all the incarnations of his TRT party).

21 posted on 05/19/2014 4:58:39 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Nextrush
The fight in Thailand is between the urban opposition and the rural governing party of the Thaksin family as I understand from the media.

It's bit more like the heavily populated rural North versus Bangkok and the South (which is the domain of the Democratic party). The northern poor (and business interests aligned with the party that represents them; think crony capitalists) continue to vote for the quasi socialist parties that Thaksin effectively runs from exile (the current one had his sister, Yingluck, as the figurehead). Once upon a time large swaths of Northern Thailand were actually under communist control. All of this blew up when Yingluck tried to give amnesty to Thaksin (who is leader of the Northern Reds).

The opposition uses street demonstrations and the courts to undermine the governing party which is still able to win the elections when they are held.

Correct. And if the current pro-Thaksin redshirt government could run again today they'd probably win. That isn't a good thing. It's kinda like Venezuela. No matter how corrupt Chavez and his party are, no matter how much power they try to gobble up, the poor masses support him because he offers them free stuff. The Yellow shirts call it vote buying, which it really is (not so different than the left buying votes via dependency here). Still, you are right that the opposition doesn't have the majority of public support once you get north of Bangkok.

22 posted on 05/19/2014 5:10:20 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: hal ogen

The protesters at that time were the middle class of Central Thailand. The government was populist, crony capitalist and centered in the North and Northeast. The governments obsession was the bring back Thaksin Shinawatra by voiding criminal charges against. He is the richest Thai but had the poor convinced he was their only friend by instituting socialized medicine, giving money to every small town, and so on. After he was overthrown in a coup by the Army, several years of unrest and one incident of burning the shopping centers at Bangkok’s city center lead eventually to his supporters gaining power and his sister being made prime minister.

The sister overreached with a scheme of buying on credit rice farmers entire production and promising a high price to the farmers. The plan collapsed and the rice farmers were left destitute except in Thaksin’s home region. The sister has been removed by the courts for corruption and will face charges for the rice scheme. This satisfied no one and demonstrations have resumed with anti government protesters being killed and with confrontations between the two factions likely. So, now the Army has moved in and it remains to be seen if condition improve or not.

Everything is complicated in Southeast Asia. I’m sure someone will complain that I’ve oversimplified or misrepresented the situation and emphasize the the sister (Yingluck) was elected as was Thaksin in much the same way Obama has been elected twice.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 5:16:15 PM PDT by JimSEA
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Thanks Oldeconomybuyer, sidebars:
24 posted on 05/19/2014 5:25:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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What the martial law entails
The Nation May 20, 2014 7:16 am
Military commanders in troubled areas have the authority to enforce martial law, if it looks like war or riots may break out.
Martial law gives military officers the power to:

- Take action against war or riots;

- Use arms to suppress unrest;

- Search, confiscate or occupy any premises or vehicles;

- Censor information;

- Block, search and control postal services;

- Activate the military court to judge on crimes within the area under

martial law;

- Mobilise civilians to help the military;

- Procure resources such as vehicles or logistical materials to support

military operations;

- Prohibit public gatherings, publications, broadcasting, transport,

communication, travel, the movement of people or any action that the

Defence Ministry deems necessary;

- Enforce curfews;

- Destroy, remove or adjust any premise or location for the purpose of

military operations;

- Arrest and detain suspects for a maximum of seven days.

- People are not entitled to any compensation for damage incurred during such military operations;

- Martial law can only be ended with a Royal Decree.


25 posted on 05/19/2014 5:50:04 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan posted on his facebook at 6.50am Tuesday that the PDRC will cancel their marching schedule today to evaluate the situation after the army invoked the martial law.


26 posted on 05/19/2014 5:52:18 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: SunkenCiv

Now, the “Domino Effect” will finally occur.


27 posted on 05/19/2014 5:52:59 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war,and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Reacting to the martial law declaration, Jatuporn Prompan announced that the red shirts would continue their rally at the Utthayan Road.

2 Promphans ?


28 posted on 05/19/2014 5:54:21 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

mai mee prom prom pran


29 posted on 05/19/2014 5:55:20 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: JimSEA
I’m sure someone will complain that I’ve oversimplified or misrepresented the situation and emphasize the the sister (Yingluck) was elected as was Thaksin in much the same way Obama has been elected twice.

No, you got it pretty much exactly right and put it very well for a short explanation. That is it in a nutshell, though I would say Yingluck's attempt at amnesty for her corrupt brother (which was her and her PTP parties goal all along) was the initial trigger that brought the Yellow's back out on the street.

It sounds like you live or travel to Thailand a lot to have such a firm grasp of the situation. I was living in BKK when Thaksin was elected and still visit regularly. Was there this January when the 'Shutdown Bangkok 2014' protests were in full force. Let me tell you, getting past the Asok intersection was a nightmare. One night I was trying to get up to Soi 24 going through the checkpoints and Yingluck declared a state of emergency. Troops running up and down securing the skytrain and other key areas was a bit intimidating. The good thing was it drove the police back who the protesters don't trust because they view them as in the pocket of Thaksin's goons. A few weeks later we had pointless elections that were annulled and the whole thing has simmered since. I really think that Yingluck might have rode this thing out, but the constitutional court tossed her out leaving the current vacuum and an opportunity for Suthep to demand reforms before the next vote.

30 posted on 05/19/2014 6:10:53 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

I don’t know, I haven’t been following this.

But it seems this move has been telegraphed for a few days now.


31 posted on 05/19/2014 6:45:16 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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“The sister overreached with a scheme of buying on credit rice farmers entire production and promising a high price to the farmers. The plan collapsed and the rice farmers were left destitute except in Thaksin’s home region.”

OK....
WHY does this sound like exactly the kind of proposal that would come from the Radical Academic Socialists surrounding Obama??


32 posted on 05/19/2014 6:49:53 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tcrlaf

That’s my opinion as well. Thaksin and Obama would get along well.


33 posted on 05/19/2014 6:56:09 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Longbow1969

We just got off the phone with relations in Northern Thailand. Thaksin supporters are arming militias in Chiang Mai and Phrae. These are the guys that went to Bangkok and burnt the World Trade Center Mall and other malls and businesses down. They are intent on bringing Thaksin back as a authoritarian leader and taking revenge on their enemies. We have relatives on both sides.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 7:02:43 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA
These are the guys that went to Bangkok and burnt the World Trade Center Mall and other malls and businesses down.

Oh I remember that. Stupid move on the Reds part, they lost a lot of good will with those end-of-the-line arson stunts. Burning down the mall for spite really pissed off the Bangkok middle and business classes.

I will say one thing, and this is coming from a Yellow shirt supporter, the guards at the Red sites a few years back were actually very friendly and genuinely interested in conversing with us farang. This past January I got the exact opposite vibe from the Yellow shirt guards. These guys were completely masked and were fairly intimidating for no real reason. I understand they don't trust the police and there had been some grenade attacks on them, but lining up farang in queues and searching us fairly roughly wasn't a good way to win support of those who didn't know what was going on. I was already sympathetic to the Yellow protests, but they could use one giant lesson in public relations - at least the lot I ran into around Asok trying to get to upper Sukhumvit.

Now the audience was a completely different story. The 'Shutdown Bangkok 2014' protests were mostly sparsely attended during the day, but in the evening the numbers would increase dramatically as the Bangkok office workers filed out of work for the day and joined the protests. All of those people were friendly and seemed to agree the guards were overkill and doing their cause a disservice.

35 posted on 05/19/2014 7:21:04 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Pretty gal.

Doesn’t look like she wants America’s first queer Preezy touching her, either.


36 posted on 05/19/2014 7:33:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Viennacon

“Nothing in the US news about it. Do they never cover serious events like this?”

No. They want to surprise us when the Democrats do it.


37 posted on 05/19/2014 7:43:00 PM PDT by Luke21
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