Thai coup, will McCully put in place sanctions like with Fiji?

The Thai military has reacted to political instability and conducted their 12th coup since 1932.

Thailand’s military seized power in a bloodless coup, dissolving the government, scrapping the constitution and dispersing 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, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced the military takeover in a statement broadcast on national television.

It was followed by additional announcements including a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and an order for 18 government officials – including the ousted prime minister – to report immediately to the country’s new governing military commission.

Soldiers kept a low profile in the center of the capital. But as the curfew approached, troops diverted traffic at key intersections and used armored personnel carriers to block some main roads, including the one in front of the US Embassy.    

Soldiers dispersed most demonstrators from two protest sites where competing groups were camped out – one backing the now-ousted elected government and another that had struggled for seven months to unseat it.

Although the military insisted it wasn’t taking sides, its ousting of the government met the key goal of the anti-government protesters. The pro-government ‘Red Shirt’ supporters had earlier said they would not tolerate a coup, but there were no immediate signs of resistance or reports of violence. The military provided hundreds of buses to take the protesters home.

 

When Fiji has a coup politicians across the board all decry the affront to democracy, the insistence they return forthwith to democracy and impose all sorts of travel sanctions and sports bans.

Will they do this for Thailand now? Or will our Free Trade Agreement mean that we just say nothing and maintain the hypocrisy of our stance over Fiji.

Our media decries the coup-culture of Fiji and signs free trade agreements with a country that has had 12 military coups since 1932.

I can see the hypocrisy, can you?

If any country has a real coup culture it is Thailand, not Fiji.


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