Asia-Pacific

May 23, 2014

Thailand’s poor lose their voice, but they have changed the game

Thailand's army has declared martial law and has taken over control of the government. But although the "red shirts" are likely to lose some of their power, they will not lose their political literacy.

It was entirely predictable that the Thai army’s declaration of martial law would evolve into a formal military coup. Taking control of the government appeared to be the army’s plan from the outset. In an era in which military coups are regarded with increasing distaste by the international community, the army wanted this particular coup to be seen as non-threatening, if not actually tasteful.

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  1. Dion Giles

    It’s Burma all over again. If the Thais want to run their own country the way ahead may be to organise a government in exile and focus on undermining the ridiculous adulation for the unelected Thai king and on promoting secondary boycotts overseas. Lists of Thai brands would help. Even the corrupt fixers, twisters and urgers of ASEAN mainly at least pretend to be democratic (sort of), and openly fascist countries tend to isolate themselves from people who place some value on the formalities of representative government.

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