Friday, August 29, 2008

Unrest And Rumors Of A Coup In Thailand

Thai monk join a rally outside Government house in Bangkok ,Thailand, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. Thai police muscled into crowds of anti-government protesters occupying the prime minister's office compound Friday to deliver a court order demanding they leave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand Sinks Into Crisis As Demonstrators Close
Airports And Railways -- Times Online

Thailand sank deeper into political chaos yesterday as anti-government demonstrators forced the closure of airports and railway lines, stranding foreign and domestic passengers and increasing fears of yet another military coup.

In the capital, Bangkok, a crowd of 2,000 people faced a barrage of teargas as they attempted to take over police headquarters. In other parts of the country, members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Samak Sundaraveg shut down airports in Hat Yai and the tourist resorts of Phuket and Krabi.

“This is embarrassing in front of the world,” Mr Samak said, three days after being forced out of his office by demonstrators. “I have several tools at my disposal, but I am not using any of them because I want to keep things calm. I will not quit. If you want me out, do it by law, not by force.”

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More News On Thailand

Thailand's political crisis deepens amid protests -- Market Watch
Pressure mounts on Thailand's PM -- BBC
Thai protests spread to disrupt rail and air links -- Independent
Thai rioters attack police station -- Al Jazeera
Thai Protests Spread, Shut Airports -- Wall Street Journal
Protesters shut down Thailand airports -- UPI
Never-ending coup (opinion) -- Guardian
Emergency on cards if Thai rioting worsens -- The Statesman
US asks Thailand to end crisis through democratic means -- Yahoo News/AFP
TIMELINE-Unrest spreads in Thailand as coup anniversary nears -- Yahoo News/Reuters

My Comment: Emergency rule may soon be followed by martial law which soon may be followed by a coup by the military. A worse case scenario that no one is exploring now.

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