Jun 2, 2014

Thailand’s ‘roadmap to democracy’ filled with detours and potholes

Thailand has promised that it will return to some semblance of democracy -- in 15 months' time. Is the "roadmap to democracy" just a ploy?

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Military coups rarely proceed entirely smoothly and the coup in Thailand is no exception. Rumours that there would be protests in Bangkok over the weekend were met by around 6000 soldiers on the streets on Saturday night.

Hummers equipped with machine guns and foot patrols ensured all was quiet on Saturday night. Just two blocks from one army patrol, however, protesters were taking photos of each other wearing masks with messages saying they had been gagged.

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2 thoughts on “Thailand’s ‘roadmap to democracy’ filled with detours and potholes

  1. Krungthep Kris

    It’s a good article, but I don’t think either of the three sides of politics in Thailand is really that concerned with real Democracy, as in the west. Possibly, with less subtlety than the west has come to arrange gerrymanders, most people in Thailand are supporters of democracy only if their side wins.
    The “party” that is in power today makes many people happy – it’s just that it has not fully dawned on everyone that they are likely to be even less willing to “protested” out of government when everyone has had enough.

  2. Dion Giles

    Thailand has long established itself as another rubbish country along the lines of Burma. Civilisation may come to Thailand when the bulk of its people lose their ill-founded respect for their soldiery and for their unelected royal family. Encouragement from the civilised world, e.g. travel and trade bans and linking with dissidents, could help set the psychological tone. Helped with Burma. Can’t see the Abbott government or the Shorten Opposition as a beacon for decency though.

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