Thai army chief summons ousted PM for talks a day after coup

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JPHR wrote:

Suthep yellow shirts: a minority with no chance to win any election took the economy hostage to hold on to their grip on power through nominated representatives in the Senate and nominated officials in courts and election commission.

May 22, 2014 4:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jamesss wrote:

“..buy votes with populist giveaways.”

These are considered in any other democracy as state benefits.

This is simply a case of a minority opposition holding the country to ransom; kicking and screaming until they got their way.

A dark day for democracy in Thailand.

May 22, 2014 7:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MelbTim wrote:

I feel for the Thai people. The old elite families have such a strangle hold on the country that the average person will never have rights. This is all about greed and power.
I think we all should boycott the country and demand the politicians hit them with sanctions. If not we will have another Burma or Cambodia on our hands.

May 22, 2014 7:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
zyphod wrote:

Got to agree with the above two comments, a unelected minority who just happen to represent the wealthy Bangkok elites ride roughshod over the vast majority of rural poor who will never vote for them… nothing changes…

May 22, 2014 8:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
WestFlorida wrote:

The Thai royal family and government elites have called in the jack-boot army to help in keeping down the will of the people of Thailand who twice democratically elected the government being disposed of because it supported a more even distribution of wealth to the countryside. We can be sure the military will do its job of beating down, censoring, arresting, murdering, harassing, and crushing the majority opposition. The only solution is armed insurrection by the majority to overthrow the government, expel the monarchy and establish a republic but this is unlikely. Another tin-pan Asian dictatorship, what else is new.

May 22, 2014 8:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HLChan wrote:

The opposition slowed down, says victory is near, the military step in, hold a single discussion, declare it unsuccessful, and take over. How “convenient” and well timed. Military never step in earlier, choosing to allow the non-stop demo to cripple the government and the elections. The Thai Royalty revered for now, choose to keep silent despite the Government being democratically elected/supported by the majority. They and the Thai elite will eventually loose out – their position and a peaceful country.

May 22, 2014 9:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Verpoly wrote:

Its prime minister, before arrest by Thai military that ousts him, is now seeking refuge in US embassy in Bangkok. Obama gets another hot rod to play.

May 22, 2014 10:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Empress_Trudy wrote:

Has Reuters blamed it on Israel yet?

May 22, 2014 12:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

That otta be good for “medical tourism.” Get your surgery done in an occupied hospital :)

May 22, 2014 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bugzy wrote:

Government positions should be advertised as “well paying jobs”. No immunity nonsense, clear monitoring and transparent like private sector jobs. If the employed government official is not up to the job, sack him/her. Enough of this fake, corrupt democracy as it doesn’t work anywhere in the world and all it does is encourage corruption and enlarge rich – poor gap.

May 22, 2014 1:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Thaksin implemented a healthcare system, which although it is still lacking, brought affordable medical care to people who needed it – that’s not buying votes, that’s responsible leadership in a country whose wealth gap is among the worst in Asia. Thailand’s education system lags behind and a previous article mentioned several infrastructure projects would be delayed; it will take Thailand awhile to recover.

May 22, 2014 1:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pterosaur wrote:

Kerry is farting again with his mouth… What Thai internal affairs have to do with this White, who acts like Master of the World?

May 22, 2014 7:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:

Stay out of this, John Kerry. Just shut up, for a change. This is not the business of the U.S.

May 22, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

This is the second Military Coup in Thailand in 10 years. Both times the coups have been facilitated by show of arms, menacing armored attack helicopters in the sky, the streets of Bangkok filled with tanks and other armored vehicles and Humvees, and thousands of Thai Army troops armed with automatic assault rifles seizing television and radio stations, newspapers and “detaining” democratically elected government officials.

And who provided these weapons to the Thailand Military? The United States of America, of course, with the provision that the weapons “can be used only for purposes of National Defense or civil insurrection.”

This same “National Defense Only…” provision applied prior to the last Thai Military coup. But even though that agreement was violated the USA simply offered a lame “Tsk, Tsk” and then continued to supply more and more weapons to the same generals who perpetrated that anti-Democratic coup.

Will this time be any different? ( that was just a rhetorical question, of course). When it comes to Representative Democracy, America always talks the talk, … but we just don’t walk the walk.

May 22, 2014 9:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChangB wrote:

I have to hand it to the elitist in Thailand.

1. Have a coup in 2006
2. Kick out Thaksin and appoint a minority yellow shirt government
3. Create a new constitution to limit the power of the red prime minister
4. Appoint a Constitutional court full of military and royal judges to control the red government.
5. use yellow shirt protests to kick our Yingluck using the constitutional court that was appointed by the military/yellow shirts
6. And then overthrow the democratically elected Red government.

So how will the military be able to keep control after new elections?

How about creating electoral colleges and give every northern province just one vote and every southern province 5 votes! that way you can hold democratic elections where the reds can never win! and if the red shirts protest, just kill them like you did in 06.

Thai politics only work because most of the population are too stupid and corrupt to do something about the system they are living in.

May 22, 2014 10:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

It is hard to have much confidence in the Thai military.
When I lived in Thailand for a while, a few months after a military coup, the Army and Airforce generals were running competing chains of gas/petrol stations, presumably selling supplies bought from the military budget.
In a rural town, waiting for the train, about 10 guys from the army garrison were happy to hang out in a restaurant they had taken over, drinking “Chinese whiskey” and liking me for putting money in the jukebox. Later we went up to an old quarry behind town so they could show off their automatic weapons blasting oil drums.

May 22, 2014 10:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WinaiFree wrote:

Suthep is just a front for the army.
We’ve seen so many fake attacks against his group, each time trying to bring the army in ‘to restore peace and order’. Only last week a grenade thrower caught on CCTV was spotted among Suthep’s own guards!

They throw a grenade, it manages to miss a giant stage with 10,000m2 of protestors! Again and again they miss, hitting back stage or innocent food stalls next door.

They’re all the same group, proteges of General Prem Tinsulanonda, who is a regular feature of every coup Thailand has ever faced in modern times. He’s usually in the shadows these days, but he’s always there. General Prayuth is one of the remaining generals loyal to Prem.

This is why General Prayuth signs all the orders, and appointed himself PM, and fronts this coup now. There are few Generals still loyal to Prem.

The Democrats, Sutheps old party, they’re just the political front of Prems coup group.

The appointed senators, created in the 2006 coup, they’re chosen by committee of people chosen by Prem. They in turn choose the independent agencies, again Prem choices.

They really are all the same group.

Watch over the next few days, you’ll see a lot of fake polls telling you how Thai people love the coup, and welcome our new appointed Prime Minister. Which will be some octogenarian General from Prems group.

Also watch for the army astroturf. Now the army is involved, we’ll see a lot of that.

CNN, please interview the Crown Prince. He’s really nice, normally silenced by Prem’s control of the privy council, but perhaps he feels free to speak out now. If you can get to interview him.

Perhaps we can finally lift the veil of lies around Prem, and free Thailand.

May 22, 2014 12:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bggg wrote:

Are any of you in Thailand because most comments seem based on western media nonsense. This is not about elite against poor. Do you even know what this government has done to the poor farmers? Are you aware that 75% of Thailands population support the coup? Healthcare? A system that caused many of the best doctors to flee to private practice and hospitals to face bankruptcy.How many have lost their farms committed suicide. Are you aware of the numerous weapon stashes that have been found in the possession of government and “red shirt” supporters.

May 22, 2014 12:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
suttiinta wrote:

Dear ambassador Kenney christy., We, the people of Thailand want to comdemn united state of America’s declaration to thailand situation. As you have said before that you have been closely monitored our situation. You should have been truly understand why thai military is done what they have done. Unfortunately,your action has been proved that you have not trying to understand what has been going on in Thailand just a bit as you claimed. You have a little idea of what have been going on outside your embassy wall. Your action is just braggingly how your country democracy is better than our. You see us as an undeveloped country who are not smart enought to understand what the democracy should be. This is just a way of your to get intervene of our country. We people of Thailand, have our own norm and culture that you will never understand truly. Your solution and your policy will not work for us in this very sensitive matter. Your advice and your interference will make things worst. If you really mean to help us, please do not across the fine line. You have the right to remain silent and leave in alone. That will be an absolute big help and we will be very appreciate it. It is our own beloved country. We can manage it in our own way. Thai solution for thai people.

May 23, 2014 3:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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