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Our analysis about the likelihood of another coup in Thailand, along with a list of 12 previous coups and their consequences. Please watch the video and subscribe to our YouTube Thaiger channel.

Last Thursday was another day of political cat and mouse, protesters staging three more rallies around Bangkok whilst officials again huffed and puffed, not really sure exactly how to proceed. Up to now their answer has been to arrest, then release, protest leaders. Then arrest them again… avoiding any real dialogue or progress on the demanded reforms.

Even a joint sitting of the Thai Parliament at the start of last week provided no clear way forward from the current impasse. Indeed a Suan Dusit Poll indicated that most people surveyed believed the joint sitting of parliament was just a stalling tactic by the incumbent coalition.

Then there were calls for another coup.

Thailand has already had 12 coups in an almost predictable cycle of military coup, revised constitutions, new elections, protests, the coup, rinse and repeat.

(List of all coups in the video)

The parliamentary speaker, the respected Chuan Leekpai, insisted he didn’t want to chair any reconciliation committee.

A 2 day emergency joint sitting of parliament, which ended on Tuesday, failed to produce any resolution to the deteriorating political impasse. Indeed the ruling government insisted that no motions could be voted on after the debates. Nothing was resolved.

They’re young, mobile, motivated and use modern social media intuitively. There’s also a lot of them. Across the table, the current government, and the PM, have incumbency along with the support of the Thai army, the palace and the guns.

At some point there will have to be concessions from some, or all, of the main players. Any coup would merely push any real changes down the road and allow the current inconvenient discussions to fester.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 4, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Seems the only way.
    Old tyrant number one will not go until he is pushed.

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    Jack

    November 4, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Eventually fiat money will be no more. When that goes, so does the entire concept of a “nation state” the concept of the “nation state” in the age of the internet is as primitive as horse and carriage or fax machine. The real coup will be digital and led by all the people, and not a single act of violence will be necessary. Adopt crypto currency and gold and silver back into your life, and just ends this hibristic madness.

    Were better than they are.

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    Khun plastic

    November 5, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Seems to be a long held Thai tradition.

    People get pissed with government,
    Military steps in.
    King comes out of palace to stop it kicking off big time.
    Military installed interim pm/dictator assures press all foreign biz interests will be un affected.
    Elections,new pm installed.

    Go back to start of list.

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    Issan John

    November 5, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Being realistic, changes have been regularly “pushed down the road” for close to 90 years, and the current crop of protesters are after the exact same things now that they were after then.

    I’m not too sure what that suggests.

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    Khun plastic

    November 5, 2020 at 5:16 am

    I think there is real potential for social change this time round.

    The youth of the country (and many others for that matter)are pissed off,there is nothing for them and they know it.

    Grabbing the leaders or divide and conquer tactics are unlikely to work this time round due to the internet.

    Chuck in millions are now unemployed and the low esteem his nibs at the palace is held in and the pieces of the jigsaw start to fit very well.

    Notrodamus plastic is going to throw in a few more dire predictions!

    I would be very surprised if square head and his cute sister were not watching things very closely also.

    I would be very surprised if the rural red shirt brigade are doing very well at the moment.

    It would not take much more to create the perfect storm.

    I think his nibs knows this and he is ready to do bunk at any second.
    I find it surprising he decided the other year that all the royal cash should be in his bank account,why would he do that?

    We live in interesting times.
    Happy Halloween.

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The hashtag #รถติด, (traffic jam), was among Twitter’s top 3 trending hashtags this morning as Bangkok motorists battled congestion caused by the police’s attempts to block protesters from the Crown Property Bureau.

First they used small portable metal barricades, then razor wire, then concrete blocks, then old buses. Now they’re going for the heavy “blockade” artillery – steel shipping containers. Officers secured the roads surrounding the Crown Property Bureau with the containers as barriers, which in turn caused traffic jams in the capital, despite confirmation that the protest location had changed. Photos of the containers put in place to act as makeshift barriers were widely shared on social media.

Last night, protest leaders confirmed the location of today’s rally has shifted from the Crown Property Bureau to the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank in the Chatuchak district of the capital. Activists say this is to avoid clashes with rival royalist groups who they claim are being sent to confront them. The Free Youth Movement posted confirmation of the new location on social media at around 10.30pm last night.

“Breaking: The November 25 rally will take place at SCB headquarters! This move is to avoid clashing with an organised mob and avoid playing the tyrant’s game. Meet us there at 3pm to claim back the property that should have been the people’s.”

The change of venue has thrown the police into confusion as they’d already shipped in up to 6,000 police to assist with “crowd control” around the Crown Property Bureau buildings.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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With almost impeccable timing, 12 pro-democracy protesters have been issued with police summons to hear charges under section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code. Section 112 relates to the offence of lèse majesté, or insulting, defaming or threatening the Monarchy. Anyone convicted on lèse majesté charges faces imprisonment of between 3 and 15 years.

In June this year the Thai PM announced that HM the King had asked the government not to impose the country’s lèse majesté laws.

Protest leader Parit Chiwarak, aka, “Penguin” is facing a total of 8 charges. According to a Nation Thailand report, 6 have been filed by police stations in the north-eastern provinces of Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, and Roi Et, in the central provinces of Ayutthaya and Nonthaburi, and the Chana Songkram district of Bangkok. 2 additional charges are being brought by the Technology Crime Suppression Division.

Meanwhile, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, who has been named by the BBC as one of 2020’s 100 most inspiring and influential women, faces 6 charges. Both Panupong Jadnok (Mike) and human rights lawyer Anon Nampa face 4 charges each.

The other activists facing charges are Patsaravalee Tanakitvibulpon, aka “Mind”, (3 charges), Chanin Wongsri (2 charges), and Juthathip Sirikhan, Piyarat Jongthep, Thatthep Ruangprapaikijseree, Atthaphol Buaphat, Chukiat Saengwong and Sombat Thongyoi, all facing 1 charge each.

A spokesperson for the Royal Thai Police says officers are working on additional summons for a further 3 – 5 protesters, who will also face lèse majesté charges. It’s understood officers had a request for arrest warrants turned down on the basis that the suspects are public figures who have permanent residences in the Kingdom.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Protest leaders from the United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration and the Free Youth Movement have confirmed that the location of today’s planned rally in Bangkok has been changed to the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank. The protest had been due to take place at the Crown Property Bureau at 3.00pm.

SCB is a Thai bank that was set up under the auspices of the Crown Property Bureau. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the largest single shareholder, owning 23.35% of SCB shares. The bank has announced that its head office, located at the Ratchayothin intersection in the Chatuchak district of the capital, will be closed today.

Leaders from both protest groups say someone will be available at the Democracy Monument to update activists who may not have heard about the change of location. They say the decision to change location was taken to avoid clashes with royalist groups who planned to confront them at the CPB.

Thai PBS World reports that earlier this morning, the Free Youth Movement posted a video on social media, in which they discuss, “the failed Thai state” and how the police do not make them feel safe.

“Under this state, people are ruled by capitalists, military and feudalists who wretchedly write the laws.”

Earlier, police had warned protesters to stay away from the planned rally site at the Crown Property Bureau. Over 6,000 officers are on duty to deal with any potential unrest, including reinforcements from provinces beyond Bangkok.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Bangkok Post

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