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Thailand coup d'état as military seizes power
BBC News ^ | 5/22/2014 | BBC

Posted on 05/22/2014 5:06:06 AM PDT by Nextrush

Thailand's army chief has announced that the military is taking control of the government.

The coup came after two days of inconclusive talks between the main political factions.

Thailand has been in political turmoil for months. On Tuesday the army imposed martial law.

A curfew has been declared, effective across the country from 22:00 to 05:00 local time.

Political party leaders, including opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban, were taken away from the talks venue after troops sealed off the area......


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: thai; thailand; thailandcoup

1 posted on 05/22/2014 5:06:06 AM PDT by Nextrush
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To: Nextrush

Where?


2 posted on 05/22/2014 5:06:34 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Anoreth

Thailand political unrest ping.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 5:08:01 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You say I'm insane ... I say you're afraid.)
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To: Tax-chick

Seems to me some Freepers call Thailand Home, with others considering it. Be safe.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 5:10:03 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Nextrush

Doesn’t this happen every few years?


5 posted on 05/22/2014 5:11:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: DAC21

Anoreth (my daughter) has visited Thailand, but doesn’t live there.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 5:13:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You say I'm insane ... I say you're afraid.)
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To: GeronL

It is a pattern in Thailand but the struggle in the last few years between the two main parties in the courts, the election campaigns and on the streets has been exceptionally intense for Thailand.

Some people have died in gun or bomb attacks at protest sites in Bangkok in the past year.


7 posted on 05/22/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Nextrush

Should I ask? Thailand?!


8 posted on 05/22/2014 5:21:52 AM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
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To: tumblindice

“Where?”

Delaware.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 5:38:44 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: GeronL

And often . .


10 posted on 05/22/2014 5:43:11 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Nextrush

I point my toes at you!


11 posted on 05/22/2014 5:43:18 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: Nextrush

I sure hope this doesn’t negatively affect the sex tourist trade.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 5:47:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Nextrush

One night in Bangkok?


13 posted on 05/22/2014 5:52:38 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Nextrush

THAILAND!?


14 posted on 05/22/2014 5:54:37 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!! (Keeper of the Sick Individuals pinglist))
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To: Tax-chick

It is a beautiful place to visit. Costs thousands to get there. Costs dozens to stay per month lol....


15 posted on 05/22/2014 5:56:26 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Principled

Anoreth was on a Coast Guard cutter, so she was paid to get there. This was during a previous violent political disruption a few years ago.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 6:01:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You say I'm insane ... I say you're afraid.)
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To: Nextrush

Amazing how silent the Obama Administration is on this. With the Honduras “Coup” action was swift. Then again in Honduras people were fighting for democracy and Chavista interference while in Thailand the elitist/royalist are taking power.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 6:05:33 AM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: DAC21

I just finished up a one year holiday in Thailand. For the most part all the political unrest has very little to no affect on the average guy in the street. And if you are away from the protest areas in Bangkok it is invisible there is even a problem.

I have no problem returning today for another year. It is a great land to reside......


18 posted on 05/22/2014 6:09:29 AM PDT by JParris
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To: DAC21
Thank you. Yes all is quiet and every reason to think it will remain quiet..

The only noticeable part so far are soldiers in the streets and all television signals taken over by the military. Playing 1930 traditional music and other propaganda.

Expect a sharp uptick in births around next January.

19 posted on 05/22/2014 6:54:02 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: Nextrush

And here I was going to buy a new hard drive, well guess I better wait for things to settle down....


20 posted on 05/22/2014 6:55:07 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: JParris

[ I just finished up a one year holiday in Thailand. ]

I’ve heard the people there are extremely laid back as if the water is spiked with some sorta soma.... Is this true?


21 posted on 05/22/2014 7:01:46 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Nextrush

Thailand?


22 posted on 05/22/2014 7:03:22 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: saywhatagain
Thank you. Yes all is quiet and every reason to think it will remain quiet.. The only noticeable part so far are soldiers in the streets

Now's your chance to get an automatic weapon! Just knock one of them on the head and grab it!

23 posted on 05/22/2014 7:04:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Nextrush

Thailand’s military taking out the trash in government. Seems we might benefit from the seem here.


24 posted on 05/22/2014 7:05:13 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: AppyPappy
I sure hope this doesn’t negatively affect the sex tourist trade.

It won't. By the way, I highly recommend the Firecat Lounge.

25 posted on 05/22/2014 7:09:31 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

I am SO not clicking on that link.


26 posted on 05/22/2014 7:13:48 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Lazamataz
LOL. Actually probably easier and just as effective to wave a thousand baht (32 USD) bill.
27 posted on 05/22/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: AppyPappy
Click it. You can trust me. I am so pure and chaste, you need not fear a link I present, especially a link that points to a known Thailand sex-bar in Patpong 1 (the sex district). I promise you there is nothing to fear, and I encourage you to click the link, especially if you are at work.

Honest Injun.


28 posted on 05/22/2014 7:22:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Nextrush

Thailand has the strangest coups. The army steps in and dissolves the government, but the king is never touched. He stands aloof as if he is uninvolved, yet it seems obvious the army is doing his bidding. One would think it would be simpler to create some constitutional way of doing this without the need of military action.


29 posted on 05/22/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Nextrush

Take the royalty out and give them the Mussolini treatment -over and done.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 8:25:17 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Neoliberalnot

Agreed. The former prime minister is the sister no good. She and her cohorts paid for votes, and have been taking advantage of their fellow countrymen. The revolution in Thailand is BY CAPITALISTS!! They drove her out and are making sure the lazy welfare mommas and daddas don’t get their “savior” in again. Kudos to the Thai Military for stepping up to protect their nation against corruption. And in this case God bless the middle class, upper class, highly educated, who see thru the corruption and are taking a stand.


31 posted on 05/22/2014 10:53:16 AM PDT by Deathtomarxists (obama has a stinky stick)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

actually the Thai way is the quickest, cleanest, least deadly way to do it. As long as this king lives things will never get out of hand like in Egypt, etc. But Lord help them if his rotten son ever gets power.


32 posted on 05/22/2014 10:54:58 AM PDT by Deathtomarxists (obama has a stinky stick)
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To: GraceG

I think that is pretty true in any tropical climate. The heat and humidity are not exactly conducive to a great work ethic.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 1:47:03 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Deathtomarxists

What’s wrong with his son? I don’t know any thing about Thailand’s politics.


34 posted on 05/22/2014 10:45:31 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: Deathtomarxists

“Kudos to the Thai Military for stepping up to protect their nation against corruption.”

Oh, come on. Corruption is a way of life in Thailand. Pretty much EVERYONE is compromised. Even the basically honest ones have to deal with it because it is practically expected.

Just for starters, the entire country runs on “Patron-client” relationships. The Puu Yai [big shot] bestows favors, and the underlings provide loyalty.

When one peasant has a problem with another peasant, they run to their respective Puu Yais, and plead for help. The Puu Yais get together, there’s some jockeying to determine who is the bigger Puu Yai, or whether the Puu Yai on one side should go to one of his patrons to kick matters up a level, and it gets sorted out. Similar to a Mafia dispute.


35 posted on 05/23/2014 8:25:25 AM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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