May 20, 2014

Broken politics, martial law and another coup in Thailand?

Protesters want Thailand's interim government to step down and an increased role for the monarchy. The interim government says it will do no such thing and is calling for new elections. And things are coming to a head.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Thailand’s political crisis worsened this morning, with the country’s army unilaterally declaring martial law. The army has said that the declaration of martial law was to restore peace and stability to the country after six months of, at times, violent protests.

Lieutenant Geneneral Nipat Thonglek says that while the declaration of martial law was not a military coup, the precise restrictions to be imposed by the declaration are still being worked out.

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3 thoughts on “Broken politics, martial law and another coup in Thailand?

  1. AR

    That was a good scissors’n’paste precis – is the fax from Langley broken?

  2. klewso

    “(Months of instability/violence) + up jumps the army to settle things = Military Coup”, according to Western “expert mathdebators”, deprived of the spectacle of civil unrest on which to earn a living?

  3. klewso

    It’s come to pass – after the way democracy has been faring so well for so long?

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