Thailand is ranked 4th globally for the number of coup or attempted coups, and have went through some 20 to 30 constitution and countless military crack-down on protesters, resulting always in deaths of protesters. In Thailand, there seems never an end to the rationale to stage a coup. Coup has occurred in Thailand so often, there are words like “The Good Coup” & “The Non-Violent Coup” “The Last Coup” and other.
- NPR reports:
Thailand’s army chief on Friday called for calm amid unrest between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but he refused to rule out the possibility of a military coup to restore stability.
Asked whether the army would seize the government for the second time in less than a decade, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said: “That door is neither open nor closed … it will be determined by the situation.”
The opposition — which has been soundly defeated in national elections in recent years — is seeking to oust the elected government and replace it with an unelected “people’s council.” The opposition has also made overtures to the military, which in 2006 toppled the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s brother.
Earlier this month, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban met with the heads of the army and police forces, raising the specter of another coup.
In response to the protests, Yingluck has dissolved parliament and scheduled elections for February. Protesters oppose the elections and sought on Thursday to disrupt preparations for polls by attacking a sports stadium in Bangkok where candidates were filing election papers.
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- Thai Crisis: Thailand enters “Second Stage” of “Civil war” (thaiintelligentnews.wordpress.com)
- Coup talk in Thailand sinks baht to lowest level since 2010 (entrepreneurthai.wordpress.com)
- Thai army chief calls for end to violence but fails to rule out coup (theguardian.com)
- Thai army chief urges calm, doesn’t rule out coup (arkansasonline.com)
- Thai Army Chief Urges Calm, Doesn’t Rule Out Coup (npr.org)
- Thai army chief urges calm, doesn’t rule out coup (stripes.com)
- Thai army chief urges calm, doesn’t rule out coup – Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)