Thailand Army Announces Military Coup On Live TV, Country's 12th Since 1932

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Update 2: Thailand's military suspends the 2007 constitution and dismisses the caretaker government.

Update: The Thai army has announced a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. after declaring a military takeover of the government to restore order.

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Two days ago, when reporting on the Thailand "non-coupy" martial law imposed by the army, which wasn't in charge, but really was or something, we summarized the situation as follows: THAI MILITARY CHANNEL 5 SAYS MARTIAL LAW `NOT A COUP'. "Ah, gotta love the New Normal: full of non-coupy martial laws." Moments ago, the New Normal regressed back to its Old Normal ways, when in a live statement on TV, the Thai army chief made the non-coupy coup coupy, and announced a military takeover of the government Thursday, saying the coup was necessary to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil.

AP reports that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced in a statement broadcast on national television that the commission which imposed martial law Tuesday would now take control of the country's administration. We wonder why the army did not announce this two days ago when it imposed martial law over which the government had no say, but at this point all that matters is that news of the coup sends stocks to new all time highs.

"It is necessary for the Peace and Order Maintaining Command — which includes army, navy, armed forces and police — to take control of governing the country," Prayuth said.

The development followed two days of army-mediated meetings between the country's rival political leaders that failed to break the impasse. The meetings were held at an army facility in Bangkok.

Shortly before the announcement was made, armed soldiers in military vehicles surrounded the building, apparently to block those inside from leaving.

Thailand has been gripped by bouts of political instability for more than seven years.

The latest round of unrest started in November, when demonstrators took to the streets to try to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. They accused her of being a proxy for her popular billionaire brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup and now lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a jail sentence on a corruption conviction.

That said, it is not like the locals have never seen this before: the coup was the 12th since the country's absolute monarchy ended in 1932.

As for what to call the government now, just call it the National Peace Keeping Committee:

And some more color from the ground:

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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:43 | 4784081 Rakshas
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A coup in Thailand....... will wonders never cease......


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:02 | 4784109 Manthong
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Heck, we have been couped big time here, too.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:09 | 4784117 Big Slick
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I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:50 | 4784180 Oh regional Indian
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Coup Coup c'choo mr. washington....

wicked winds and all, all over...the summer of discontent.....

An Indian summer?

Global heat map?




Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:48 | 4784086 Sudden Debt
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It's not a militairy coup untill it is.

America should realize that this is how fast everything can happen. 1 week. From sign to fact.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:14 | 4784128 Big Slick
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S&P futures are up... nothing to see here.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:43 | 4784171 BandGap
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And I think the US is being conditioned for this.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:50 | 4784179 onewayticket2
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Today:  NPKC - National Peace Keeping Cmte....

Tomorrow:  it'll be the National Deposit Keeping Cmte....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:08 | 4784212 Iocosus
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We had only 1 coup and it took place in 1913. As for Thailand, this should scare the crap of all the pedophiles trapped there on their vacations.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:17 | 4784242 youngman
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Do they have nice uniforms on with a bunch of medals...if they do then its a military coup.....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:08 | 4784392 The Shodge
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Would a military coup in the US not be an improvement? Regarding leadership it doesn't seem that things can get much worse.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:32 | 4784479 Warhead
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Have you MET "the military"?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:00 | 4785003 XitSam
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Given the purge going on in the US military, I don't think a coup would bring regime change.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:49 | 4784087 Sudden Debt
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Is the militairy supporting the king or against him?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:10 | 4784104 Ghordius
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 everybody supports the King, in Thailand. it ain't Belgium

it's not just customs and culture, it's law, too. see Lèse_majesté_in_Thailand

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:53 | 4784188 Bangin7GramRocks
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A king is the silliest motherfucking thing in modern society. They should treat sicknesses with leeches and watch that they don't fall off the end of the earth.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:06 | 4784207 Keyser
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Say that in Thailand and you will find yourself in the monkey house for a long, long time...  If not worse...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:25 | 4784265 obelisks
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Even if you don't stand up in the movie theatre in Thailand when they play the national anthem before the movie starts this can also result in you spending time in the monkey house

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:08 | 4784211 Ghordius
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in my experience you should not try your speech in polite conversation with Thai people

the very best outcome would be an answer in the lines of "your comment is based on your assumption that your society, your political system and your views are the best and should be followed up all over the globe"

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:10 | 4784219 Iocosus
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....because democracy is working out well

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:59 | 4784370 Bangin7GramRocks
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The U.S. Democracy is quite honest. The man with the most banker support wins. The people vote for who they are told to vote for by the bankers and the process repeats every 4 years. Simple!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:16 | 4784616 Iocosus
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thought we had a Republic

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:47 | 4784941 Overfed
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Had being the operative word. What we have is a fascist oligarchy. Yaknow, direct popular democracy.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:28 | 4784274 Bangin7GramRocks
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You are saying it makes sense to follow a man that says he is the leader because "god" said it was so. Just call yourself a dictator and be honest. What a bunch of bullshit!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:36 | 4784294 Ghordius
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I said no such thing. perhaps you'll understand it better if I explain it differently. you know the Pope? well, the Thai King is something similar - but squared - for the Thai People

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:55 | 4784362 TheMeatTrapper
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@Ghordius: Trying to explain the obvious to him is a waste of time. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:02 | 4784374 Bangin7GramRocks
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I'm Ok with the Thai people supporting this man, especially if it saves them jail time. But I am blown away by the support of monarchies in general. How in your right mind do you support the concept of a monarchy?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:22 | 4784435 tonyw
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Many monarchies are simply figureheads with little power, eg Queen of England, all decisions are made by the elected sociopaths.

Advice can be requested/given by someone very experienced without thinking about an election, their popularity.

Positives for this is that it saves having even more corrupt politicians and the monarch can spend all their time putting on a show for the tourists or entertaining the visiting sociopaths.

Saves on the cost of elections every four or so years, costs much less than Obama royal family trips....

Big interest when a new member joins the family, more bread anyone?


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:21 | 4784252 Global Hunter
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Sudden Debt didn't support the king and was chucked out a movie cinema for it...true story.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:04 | 4785022 XitSam
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Whenever someone says "true story" I immediately start to think it isn't.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:28 | 4784470 smacker
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Thai military is generally on the King's side.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:50 | 4784088 Zwelgje
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This blog has imho good articles about Thailand:

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:35 | 4784160 rodonmeguro
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There's some BS tripe right out of Moscow.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:12 | 4784225 Iocosus
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Please name one government that tells the truth

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:52 | 4784089 Rakshas
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Sitting here in downtown Bangkok, I don't really see much difference from yesterday or last week.......... I don't think I could say the same if this was the US......

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:58 | 4784105 NoDebt
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Yeah, we'd already have the FEMA camps open on the outskirts of town to put the "undsirables" into.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:24 | 4784441 tonyw
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in the name of keeping the peace and saving you from those terrorists.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:29 | 4785052 XitSam
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You didn't get the memo.

Out: FEMA camps.

In: Community Re-education and Work Centers for Peace.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:13 | 4784121 Rakshas
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...... Breaking on Al Jaz 


Rival political parties involved in negotiations meeting have been "detained" just prior to announcement of coup ..... fwiw


in other news dateline Seoul - the Koreas trade artillery shells NK- 2 shells; SK 5 shells ....... all fun and games until someone loses an eye

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:52 | 4784186 sunnydays
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Hey,  what are the attitudes at Bumrungrad right now, nurses etc?  Bumrungrad has an updated notice on their news page about it.  Also when you click on 'plan your trip" it goes to the news page about what is happening.  I very much respect them for that.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:49 | 4784341 Rakshas
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So far everything seems normal, although at this stage I only see them when they come in for a vitals check every three or so hours but so far I haven't detected any change in thier mood, they still smile sweetly and greet me as normal ....... Sawadee Kaa .... could listen to that all day  

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:13 | 4784401 Rakshas
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TV stations are getting taken down every few minutes only al jazeera and RT still up all movie channels and international news channels down already .  No great loss to me but I'm thinking the internet and cell networks might be on the list too............ that'll suck ..... they even took down the cartoon netwerk geez man gimme somethin' here......

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:59 | 4784569 Clever Name
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Oh noes! What would fonestar do if the 'net went down?



Stay safe Rak...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:19 | 4784421 Rakshas
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My Nurse just came in and chatted for a few minutes, says she cannot go home tonight because of curfew, but she was still quite bubbly  in typical Thai fashion, yeah I don't see us being able to show such attitudes in similar circumstance........ few more sirens outside now too, maybe turn out the lights early tonight....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:52 | 4784090 nmewn
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Whats Michelle''s opinion on this? The US is diplomatically paralyzed until she can come up with a hashtag!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:56 | 4784098 Rakshas
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#Wanna rub my belly.......

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:07 | 4784210 Oh regional Indian
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#take my girls

#gimme dem bois'


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:11 | 4784221 ParkAveFlasher
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#rawwwwggggrr.   mggggggg

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:57 | 4784100 Dr. Engali
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We will have to wait until her gaggle of stylists get done making up her fur before we are treated to a wookie selfie.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:32 | 4784152 Shad_ow
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Thank you! Best laugh I've had all week.

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