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1. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Just been watching the news, does anyone think its gonna kick off in Thailand?

2. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 10y

I hope not as I have a flight booked for next week! But also obviously because I'm entirely peace-loving!

3. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

I also fly next week, i would dred to think summat would kick off thus resulting in all flights being cancelled :( Of corse peace is above all important :)

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

It seems to be under control, at the moment. But with people in Thailand being disatisified, with the govenrnment, I think that makes things a bit unstable, with potential for trouble. Hopefully, it will all blow over, before we go there in November.
Mel

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Anyway, i am no political genius, so if there is somebody who can explain the following to me, would u? There is a democracy in Thailand, so why is all this trouble happening? Why dont the Thais just vote in a different government, at the next elections? It would be different, in my opinion, if there was a dictatorship, and they thought they would never see the end of the guy.
Mel

6. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Hi Mel,

here's a brief Synopsis (Not 100% accurate as I'm not politician or historian either!)

The Prime-minister was voted in a for a second term a couple of years ago in a land slide Second victory.
He's from a rich family and they owned a Telecoms Empire.
He started to Annoy people (mostly the aristocracy) in Bangkok with some Social changes (healthcare etc.) the poor outside Bangkok liked him though.
He was pressured into the sale of the Telco Company his family owned.
His family sold up for 2bn (or so)
Rumours spread that they didn't pay all their taxes on the sale. People accused him of having a vested interest.
He called for a No Confidence vote a year ago. The opposition boycotted the vote (believing it was biased and corrupt... either that or that they would loose it big style and have to shut up!)
Either way, Bankokians don't like him. People in the country...did (invariably)
The prime minister called for a "State of Emergency" while he was away in the US at the UN and this was ignored. The Junta has taken over.
The Army is run by generals and they finally decide they don't like him either (maybe policitcally motivated... however... more likely I reckon personally driven...greed and power hungry ...or ?)
The other person in this whole thing is the King.
He has been on the throne for 60 years and has seen 15+ Military Coups!
He's survived them all and is respected by most Thai's.

Reading between the lines... as I invariably do...
I think the Prime-minister has pissed the Bangkok Elite off and so the King and the Army have been pressured (by the elite... aka... rich) to call on the Army to dipose the Prime Minister.
Then, quite Quickly (i.e. they'll already have decided who) a more Bangkok-ian (Right-Wing) friendly prime minister will suddenly be installed with the support of the king and the status Quo will be restored, however, the Prime Minister will once again KNOW where the real power lies (i.e. the Military and the Aristocracy!)
Another Oligarchy is born !!!
I could be totally wrong though... it's just my opinion.
Hope this helps
Taffski

PS I hope I've not offended anyone with the above posting. However, please update / correct me if I'm wrong on any of the above points... including those political ones :)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Taffski
That sure makes sense.
But arent politics sooooooooo complicated??
Mel

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

My boyfriend is a member of another web community. A guy in that community who lives in Thailand says the following

Well life in Bangkok still goes on like normal. Went to the dentist (who I think is worse than soldier with a BFG) and went to the shopping centre and people seems fine and go about doing things like normal.

There are couple of soldiers guarding the entrance to the road which lead to my and most of my relative houses. Managed to ask them to pose with the house name Shame there werent any tank in the area nearby

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

An 18 year old guy living in Thailand, whom my boyfriend was chatting with took this photo, on the street where he lives. He asked these soldiers to pose, for the photo. If u look in the glass window, to the right of the shack, u will see a reflection, of the 18 year old kid, taking the photo.

http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/5463/img2331rc0.jpg

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

The 18 year old kid, living in Bangkok, posted this comment, about what is happening in Thailand, in another web community

OK This is how thing are "supposed" to happen

The Administrative Reform Council, led by Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Sonthi Boonyaratklin, have confirmed that he has absolutely no interest in becoming the prime minister.

What happenning now is that they are drawing up a shortlist of canidates for the potential Prime Minister role, who will then selected the goverment who will run the country. The council will inform the King of the decision and wait for the approval from the King. If the King approve, the candidate will then become a prime minister. Once this happen, the council will resolved.

Then, a group of academics will draw up a new constitution because the old one has been ripped apart by the coup. The candiate chosen will run the country until the new constitution is drawn up. Once it is drawn up, then the general election can be held after the decision by the new election committees (who incidentally have just been selected after the old ones were jailed due to foul play in April Election). It will takes some months yet to drawn up the new constitution so my bet would be that the next election wont be until October 2007.