What ‘Coup’ need to know! Life goes on in the land of smiles!

Posted on May 23, 2014Posted by Steve Williams

Coup d’etat. What’s that?

coup d’état ( French: blow of state), also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden and illegal seizure of a government,usually instigated by a small group of the existing state establishment to depose the established government and replace it with a new ruling body, civil or military. A coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance.

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Just so everybody understands exactly what’s happening here in Thailand at the moment, above is how Wikipedia defines the name – ‘coup d’etat’.

So right now here in Thailand the combined military forces have combined to form a union that has overthrown the current ‘caretaker’ government because recent talks between those in power, opposition parties and leaders of the ongoing anti-government protesters, got nowhere after two days (which accounted for a total of 4 hours) of talks.

On Monday, the heads of the combined forces waded in to the latest 6 month long anti-government protests and insisted that all sides sit down to talk this through to end the current stalemate and return Thailand to its former glory. So Tuesday and Wednesday the political parties began talks….

One reporter stated that on Thursday afternoon, once the leader of the current ruling party stated that there was no way the current government would give up and leave office, the Commander-in-chief of the combined military banged his fist on the table, stood up and exclaimed that enough was enough and the military were seizing power of the country. The leaders of all political parties were taken away and the military coup began.

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Over the last 60 years there have been no fewer than 18 attempted and successful coups in Thailand, so the locals aren’t strangers to these events. In most of these cases not a single shot was fired in anger and life returned to normal very quickly. This we hope (and early signs are very positive) will be the same for this current situation. The key point will come when the military begin to disperse the protesters from their current camps.

Life is very much happening as normal right now (23rd May 2014). I went out for a very early morning jog to see what effect the 10pm – 5am curfew was having on the ‘city that never sleeps’. I left my house a little before 5am and to my amazement the roads and streets were as alive with cars and people as any other day! Right now my wife is getting ready to leave the house to go to work at her office which is located in the centre of the city and I have several jobs and meetings to attend there later this morning – life unaffected!

The only downside to this present situation is that to control the news reports of events in Thailand, the military have ceased all TV and radio from broadcasting so I missed last nights final of American Idol!!

This photo was taken yesterday!

This photo was taken yesterday!

Having said all of the above, and hopefully putting aside any fears of travelling to Thailand, we do urge that you all keep a close eye on travel warnings issued from your Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) or your country’s equivalent. Please take all media reports with a pinch of salt as they do love to hype and over-exaggerate to sensationalise and titillate. For the very latest reports and factual updates we recommend keeping an eye on the following;

www.thaivisa.com        English website for ex-pats and visitors to Thailand with regular news updates
Richard Barrow on Twitter @Richardbarrow International acclaimed journalist in Thailand
Michael Yon on Twitter @Michaleyon Another international acclaimed journalist residing in Bangkok

Or, feel free to get in touch with us here in Thailand. With offices across the country, we’re on the ground and in the know. Just click the contact button or email me directly at steve@bamboo-project.com


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