[ View the story "Thailand: Between coups and democracy" on Storify] Thailand: Between coups and democracy After the country’s 12th coup in a few decades, how can Thai democracy be saved?
The Stream· Wed, May 28 2014 18:24:34
Chief of the Thai Royal Army, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, declared a coup in Thailand on Thursday, May 22. The current crisis started in November 2013 when mass anti-government
sought to expel prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for trying to
an amnesty bill that would pardon her brother and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The country held a new election in February 2014 to resolve the crisis, but the opposition Democratic Party refused to participate in the election, insisting on calls to
the ruling Pheu Thai Party with an unelected "People's Council". Continued unrest set the stage for the military takeover.
Thailand has now had more coups (2) in the 21st century than full term governments (1) #thaicoup #thailandCod Satrusayang
This is sad. Is Thailand still a democratic country? "@W7VOA: #ThailandCoup announcement.
Thai Army has launched 18 coups or attempted coups since 1932—thats one every 4.5 years.
RT @fratticcioliZashnain Zainal
2014 05 24 aljazeera 01 00 Thai Coup + สัมภาษณ์ ฌอน + Zawacki + Forsyththaitv3579
The crisis has its roots in the
between the 'yellow shirts' (mostly urban Elite in the South who back the Democratic opposition), and 'red shirts' (mostly rural, lower class majority in the North who support the Shinawatra government.
The yellow shirts want to reform the system through their appointed leader before holding elections. Thus, they refused to participate in the February elections and anti-government protests once again escalated.
On May 7, the Constitutional Court
Yingluck Shinawatra and pro-government protesters warned of possible civil war. Subsequently, General Chan-ocha declared martial law in Thailand and currently heads the country through the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC). The coup is
by Thai King Bhumibol Aduljadej.
of all forms of media, anti-coup protests flood the streets of Thailand.
#ThaiCoup in their haste to get out the square the army left behind one of their vehicles-the protesters trashed it
Some of anti-#ThaiCoup protestors who have "occupied" McDonald's tell army and police officers they won't come out.
At least 155 people, including politicians and activists, have been
from leaving Thailand. Several foreign news sites are blocked and social media is
Let's all indulge in some patriotic music whilst admire the beauty of the Royal Thai Army logo #thaicoup
Slight social media meltdown taking place over Facebook being down/blocked in #ThailandZoe Daniel
[CARTOON] #Thailand's Army Threatens to Block Social Media
by @defecartoon #ThaiCoupRichard Barrow
The Stream received different views when we asked how democracy can be restored in Thailand:
@AJStream only the politicians can save democracy, by obeying the rule of law.Godson Green
@AJStream @AJEnglish red shirts don't want to believe it, people in red shirts are very un enlightened on Thai Democracy.deleteall
@ElleDubG @AJStream restoring democracy via elections. Definitely not through junta or unelected govt.Zashnain Zainal
@ElleDubG @AJStream That would require the War & Peace of tweets. But, freedom of speech and press would be a start. A very small start.Dan Onderdonk