Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Coup d' etat in Thailand

The Thai military took over the government last night while the prime minister was in New York. They have declared today a holiday while they consolidate their hold on power. Everything is in a state of flux right now, but things are as normal as they can be given the circumstances.

The paper I work for is still publishing, and I'm about to duck my head out the door to see what's going on - whether shops are still open and such.

My first indication that something was afoot came late last night when all the channels on Thai TV were broadcasting montages of His Majesty the King along with some soft pop songs. The PM did manage to get his message of "state of emergency" broadcast, but later the TV was back to playing images of the King. Then, much later, a woman (later revealed to be beauty queen Thawinan Khongkran) came on all channels and said that there had been a coup but that the military would only be in power temporarily.

Because of other responsibilities, I can't get down to the coup area myself, and what I can report firsthand about it is what I've just done here.

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