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Troops at The Nation building - September 20, 2006
Thailand's king reverts to the bad old days - Telegraph, September 21, 2006
...That is a reversion to a bad old pattern in Thai history, and one that shamefully makes the country, along with Burma, an odd-man-out among the Association of South-East Asian Nations...
Thailand: All the king's men - Asia Times, September 21, 2006
...The mainstream media have widely misinterpreted the potent but peaceful protests as being galvanized by the Thaksin family's controversial US$1.9 billion tax-free sale of its 49% holdings in the Shin Corporation to Singapore's Temasek Holdings. To the contrary, the protests, which were later co-opted by various special-interest groups aligned against the government, were first galvanized and primarily sustained by the explosive claims first made by firebrand media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul that Thaksin was on particular occasions disloyal to the throne...
Thailand: Coup Threatens Human Rights - Human Rights Review, September 19, 2006
Uganda: VP Still Trapped in Thailand - The Monitor (Kampala),
September 21, 2006
...The coup plotters captured a palace where Bukenya had been hosted to dinner by the captured Thai deputy Premier General Chidchai Vanasatidya on Monday. The Director of the Media Centre, Mr Robert Kabushenga said, "The Vice President and Energy State Minister Simon D'ujanga were secured by the military and there is no reason to worry about them..."
More coup articles from the international press
Thai-Singapore axis set to unravel - FT, September 20, 2006
Singapore could suffer the most among countries in the region from the military coup against Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai prime minister, who forged close ties with the city-state and sold his telecommunications group to Singapore's state-investment company...
Thai coup uproots a thin democracy - Christian Science Monitor, September 20, 2006
A bloodless coup in Thailand has upended the country's fragile democracy, to the delight of many middle-class activists who had campaigned for months for the removal of Thaksin Shinawatra, the populist prime minister. But the manner of his removal by Army officers loyal to the Thai monarch exposes the shallow roots of the democratic institutions that grew in the shadow of past military regimes...
Thai Kids Climb on Tanks Following Military's Bloodless Coup - Bloomberg, September 20, 2006
Thai troops adorned machine guns and tanks with yellow ribbons. In Bangkok, crowds turned out to thank their soldiers for completing an overnight coup without bloodshed...
Notable articles from the Bangkok Post, September 21, 2006
Police, bomb plot file vanish
... At least 30 plainclothes police loyal to deputy police chief Pol Gen Priewphan Damapong _ brother of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's wife Khunying Potjaman _ were seen loading assault weapons from the CSD onto nearly 10 vehicles, which then sped off to an undisclosed destination.
Also, 10 investigation files on the alleged car bomb plot against Mr Thaksin were packed into deputy superintendent Pol Lt-Col Panya Pinsuk's vehicle, which left the CSD around 9.30pm...
King endorses CDR
Statement seen as evidence situation is under control / Gen Sonthi pledges speedy return of a civilian govt / Central bank chief tipped strongly to be interim PM
Southerners welcome coup
The majority of people and religious leaders in the lower South are confident that the coup will ease the political pressure valve and ease the insurgency. Abdulrosak Ali, chairman of the Islamic committee in Narathiwat, said yesterday that efforts to restore peace in the southern border provinces should be more united. Previously, anti-insurgent policies were ineffective because security forces, especially soldiers, were reluctant to carry them out as there had been too many orders from different agencies...
Newin and Yongyuth top the 'wanted list'
... Mr Newin, who is in Singapore with former public health minister Phinij Jarusombat and former deputy agriculture minister Adisorn Piengkes, is wanted for his role in creating the pro-government media to counter the moves of pro-democracy demonstrators, as well as directing criticism at those with different political stances.
He was believed to have ordered TV Channel 9 to air Mr Thaksin's announcement of a state of emergency on Tuesday night, shortly before military forces under coup leader Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin took control of the television station.
Mr Yongyuth is accused of mobilising forest rangers to confront pro-democracy demonstrators who were to rally yesterday with the People's Alliance for Democracy at the Royal Plaza...
Council wants clamps on information, media
...However, a source at the ICT Ministry said that so far it had not blocked any website known to support the former regime, adding that some had already shut themselves down temporarily.
Airport's opening still on for next Thursday
Thaksin's out, so will peace come to South?
... If we don't want bomb blasts to reach Bangkok, we must seriously think not only of political decentralisation, but also what it takes for peace to be possible in a pluralistic nation. It takes mutual respect and willingness to learn about other beliefs and histories. It takes a new definition of nationhood that is not tied to ethnicity and religion. It takes the courage to apologise, make amends and start anew. It takes an ability to forgive.
All this does not require a talk with separatist movements. It requires a serious talk with ourselves.
We are now free of Mr Thaksin, but peace in the deep South won't come about unless we free ourselves of Mr Thaksin's mindset that fosters violence.
Troops block Shin I, III towers
Hundreds of troops have surrounded companies once related to the Shinawatra family following Tuesday's coup...
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