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Old 09-19-2006, 05:46 PM
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Thai army takes control as PM declares state of emergency


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In pictures: Thai coup
The Thai army has taken control of Bangkok and announced it will set up a commission to reform the constitution despite the country's prime minister declaring a state of emergency from New York.
After tanks surrounded Government House in the country's first coup in 15 years, all television channels relayed a written statement saying the armed forces and police were in control of Bangkok and surrounding provinces, and appealed for calm.
It said the armed forces and police had set up a commission to decide on political reforms, ousting Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister, in the midst of protracted political crisis in which he was accused of undermining democracy.
Mr Thaksin, who is in New York at a United Nations summit, said in a broadcast on Thai television: "I declare Bangkok under a severe state of emergency."
He ordered troops not to "move illegally", and told armed forces chiefs to report to acting prime minister Chidchai Vanasatidya.
He said he was ordering the transfer of the nation's army chief to work in the prime minister's office, effectively suspending him from his military duties.
Several hundred soldiers were deployed at keys points in the capital of Bangkok.
But according to reports, at least 50 soldiers have entered the Government House building, which is now surrounded by tanks.
Even though Thailand's last military coup was 15 years ago, speculation about military intervention has been rife, with motorists calling traffic radio stations last week after tanks were spotted rolling down streets of the capital.
That proved to be a false alarm, with the army saying it was merely soldiers returning from exercises.
A general election scheduled for October was postponed last week, probably until November.
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From a western perspective..... yes! .Until you realise this is the 17th such coup during this Kings reign(60 years). There are wrongs on both sides here . It's very much a POLITE coup ,but a coup all the same
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Oh yea, thank God there wasn't violence. They were even nice enough to apologize for any inconvenience to the Thai people.
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I wonder if the bombings on the weekend have any relevance?
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I wonder if the bombings on the weekend have any relevance?
I didn't hear about those ,do you have any info ?
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What the trouble in Thailand means for tourists
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

THAILAND — Hundreds of travellers have cancelled holidays in Thailand — especially trips to the country's south — in the wake of yesterday's military coup in Bangkok and a series of deadly weekend blasts in the main southern tourist hub of Hat Yai.

A Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand has killed more than 1,400 people since January, 2004, and appears to be intensifying. Foreigners fled the region following Saturday night's bombings, hotel and tour operators said, warning that the local tourism sector had been dealt a serious blow. “Malaysian and Singapore tourists, who are the majority of our customers, have cancelled their reservations, citing the bomb scares,” said a receptionist at Hat Yai's Novotel Central Hotel. “Before this, we were fully booked every weekend.”

The bombers attacked a strip of bars and restaurants popular with tourists as part of an insurgency that had previously targeted police or military — not civilians or foreigners. “Apart from the cancellation of existing bookings, we are afraid that the latest attack in Songkhla (province) would affect...tourists' decisions to come to Thailand,” said Apichart Sankary, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

At press time, Canadian travel agents said initial reports of the coup had prompted many phone calls for concerned customers. “They want to know: Is it safe? Will our security be guaranteed? Will tours and sightseeing be interrupted?” said Annie Tsu of Tour East Holidays in Toronto, adding that the company received dozens of calls yesterday.

Cancellations, however, were rare. “We'll have to wait before making any recommendations [to customers], because it's not clear what's happening over there,” said Ricky Poon, a senior vice-president at Silk Holidays, adding that the Vancouver-based tour operator is monitoring the situation closely.

As of yesterday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Canada was advising Canadians in Bangkok to avoid demonstrations and government buildings. On Sept. 16 — the day of the Hat Yai bombings — it advised against all travel to the far southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Songkhla.
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From a western perspective..... yes! .Until you realise this is the 17th such coup during this Kings reign(60 years). There are wrongs on both sides here . It's very much a POLITE coup ,but a coup all the same
yes very sureal no hostile action they just strolled in and took control very strange
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What the trouble in Thailand means for tourists
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

THAILAND — Hundreds of travellers have cancelled holidays in Thailand — especially trips to the country's south — in the wake of yesterday's military coup in Bangkok and a series of deadly weekend blasts in the main southern tourist hub of Hat Yai.

A Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand has killed more than 1,400 people since January, 2004, and appears to be intensifying. Foreigners fled the region following Saturday night's bombings, hotel and tour operators said, warning that the local tourism sector had been dealt a serious blow. “Malaysian and Singapore tourists, who are the majority of our customers, have cancelled their reservations, citing the bomb scares,” said a receptionist at Hat Yai's Novotel Central Hotel. “Before this, we were fully booked every weekend.”

The bombers attacked a strip of bars and restaurants popular with tourists as part of an insurgency that had previously targeted police or military — not civilians or foreigners. “Apart from the cancellation of existing bookings, we are afraid that the latest attack in Songkhla (province) would affect...tourists' decisions to come to Thailand,” said Apichart Sankary, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

At press time, Canadian travel agents said initial reports of the coup had prompted many phone calls for concerned customers. “They want to know: Is it safe? Will our security be guaranteed? Will tours and sightseeing be interrupted?” said Annie Tsu of Tour East Holidays in Toronto, adding that the company received dozens of calls yesterday.

Cancellations, however, were rare. “We'll have to wait before making any recommendations [to customers], because it's not clear what's happening over there,” said Ricky Poon, a senior vice-president at Silk Holidays, adding that the Vancouver-based tour operator is monitoring the situation closely.

As of yesterday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Canada was advising Canadians in Bangkok to avoid demonstrations and government buildings. On Sept. 16 — the day of the Hat Yai bombings — it advised against all travel to the far southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Songkhla.
Does Thailand have any troops committed to the war on terror ?
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Does Thailand have any troops committed to the war on terror ?
Dunno, but I seriously doubt it...
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