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Thailand Troubles

From: Australia Queensland Brisbane @Barry1 Time : 2014-05-20 13:13:39

Westerners in Thailand are being warned to exercise a “high degree of caution” following the surprise declaration of martial law today.

The military is trying to convince the pro-government Red Shirts to end their gathering.

An aid to the PM described the situation as “half a coup d’etat”, despite the military saying it's about maintaining peace and order.  Soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters. Anti-government TV channel Blue Sky has now gone off air.

Thailand’s army made the move before dawn today to restore order across the crisis-gripped kingdom, following six months of anti-government protests that've left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.  It comes a day after caretaker Niwattumrong refused to step down.

To our Thai brothers and sisters, our thoughts are with you.  Let's hope peace and stability is restored to this beautiful country soon.

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From: Australia Queensland Brisbane @Barry1 Time : 2014-05-22 22:11:30 #1
Well, two days after the above was published, things are hotting up in Thailand.

It appears the military has tightened its grip on the nation, seizing power in a bloodless coup. It has formally dissolved the government, suspended the constitution and dispersed groups of protesters from both sides of the country’s political divide who had gathered in Bangkok and raised fears of a violent showdown.

The powerful army chief announced the military takeover in a stunning statement broadcast on national television. It was followed by additional announcements, including a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am and an order for top government officials — including the ousted prime minister — to report immediately to the country’s new governing military commission. Long lines formed at the city’s elevated train and subway stations as panicked office workers tried to rush home before the curfew.

Let's hope this situation resolves itself peacefully soon. But certainly, one also hopes for an end to the chronic political instability this nation has endured on and off for so long now, once and for all. Something definite needs to happen here.
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