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Old 05-22-2014, 10:36 AM
 
Location: No. Virginia, USA
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Surprised no one is discussing this. The military has taken over the government in Thailand in a coup.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27517591

I have been to Thailand many times and have even been considering retiring there. This announcement of a coup has given me some pause.
The Army general who took over stated that all "foreigners will be safe." The heck? I assumed that would go with out saying - so why does he even have to mention it?

So boots on the ground reports to me indicate:
-- The baht has lost a little ground to the dollar (32.5).
-- There is a10 p.m. curfew -- thus all bars closed at 10 p.m. Even in Pattaya.
-- western television channels have been shut off.

This is a relatively prosperous country that is having difficulties with constitutional democracy. The political stalemate there seems unsolvable. The question is whether the political instability will affect travel and foreign investment in the country.

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Old 05-22-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I was thinking of starting a topic, actually.

Wow, a curfew? I can see that really hurting the tourist precincts. So even tourists can't be on the streets/out in public after 10pm?
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: SW Ohio
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We import a lot of product out of Thailand, this can't be good at all ...
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:06 PM
 
Location: No. Virginia, USA
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I was thinking of starting a topic, actually.

Wow, a curfew? I can see that really hurting the tourist precincts. So even tourists can't be on the streets/out in public after 10pm?
yes - it pertains to everyone with the exception of people coming to and from the airport. The entertainment zones in Bangkok and Pattaya were dark and empty last night.

It is also possible something bigger is happening or has happened that would lead the military to take over the government -- i.e., something more significant than just the political demonstrations that have been taking place over the last few months. If you are familiar with the country you can guess what that might be.
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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yes - it pertains to everyone with the exception of people coming to and from the airport. The entertainment zones in Bangkok and Pattaya were dark and empty last night.

It is also possible something bigger is happening or has happened that would lead the military to take over the government -- i.e., something more significant than just the political demonstrations that have been taking place over the last few months. If you are familiar with the country you can guess what that might be.
If the curfew lasts long enough it will impact the tourist industry for a certain demographic. Or else folks will have to do their whoring up before 10pm.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Thailand
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As I'm a thai people, I'm so disapointed with this coup. I can hardly believe that despite this era the military can brazenly seize power from the thai people. I felt that my rights has been ripped out. Please excuse me for my poor english.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:34 AM
 
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As I'm a thai people, I'm so disapointed with this coup. I can hardly believe that despite this era the military can brazenly seize power from the thai people. I felt that my rights has been ripped out. Please excuse me for my poor english.
Welcome kasroa, and thank-you for commenting. The U.S. State department has said the coup was completely unnecessary. Democracy can be quite messy and difficult, but the military is supposed to be subject to civilian control - not the other way around. Good luck to you and everyone in Thailand.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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From what I've heard,the military coup has happened a dozen of times in Thailand.Maybe this time will just be like one of those.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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From what I've heard,the military coup has happened a dozen of times in Thailand.Maybe this time will just be like one of those.
from what I am hearing from friends in Thailand, this coup is more serious in tone than previous ones. All news media like CNN has been cut off. The leaders of the two political factions have been detained. The bars are closed at 10 p.m. That's gonna hurt the tourist trade if it lasts too long.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Oh that's bad.....
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