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    Army declares Martial Law

    Martial law declared throughout entire country. Are there curfews in Phuket?

    Will it have any change on vacation plans? Long term effect on economy, Baht up or down?
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    Army invokes martial law | Bangkok Post: news

    well, we'll see how it goes...

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    Just so we are clear on who martial law applies to

    Soldiers 'surround' Thai pro-government rally: protest leader

    BANGKOK, May 20, 2014 (AFP) - Soldiers on Tuesday encircled a pro-government "Red Shirts" protest in Thailand's capital, the rally leader said, after the military declared martial law to quell months of political unrest.

    "We have been surrounded by troops on all sides," Jatuporn Prompan told AFP.

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    I'm hoping that this can somehow lead to a "cooling off" period prior to the holding of a general election, followed by Liberty and Justice for All…. But I'm very dubious that this will be the case.

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    Its a very difficult position for the military..

    For one, a huge percentage of the senior army people are clearly anti government, how ever if they dont now schedule elections, then its another coup and they have shown their hand as not being even a pretense of impartial. The current Army chief has been surprisingly wiling to not take a side.

    Where do they go from here if not elections ??

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    apparently this was done without consultation with the current caretaker government...so that does not auger well

    It will be interesting to see whether they are there to "police" both sides of the protests or whether they are just out to supress the voices/actions of one side only

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    Been on PA this morning and things seem normal enough, some checkpoints being setup in Bangkok but as yet no tanks on beach road or LK Metro. We'll see how the next few days go with curfews and earlyish bar closures. One gogo manager did say they enforced a 3 am closure last Sunday for no specified reason.

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    Far better we have Martial Law than the partisan "Marshal Law" we have had from both sides this year.
    (Sorry OP - the debbil made me do it 555!)

    It makes sense to neutralize the bomb/grenade throwers and snipers before they multiply.
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    Probably nothing to do with this, but was stopped for the very first time down at the beach by non-uniformed police. Granted, they did have a check-point on the main road towards Surin, so me taking the beach path might have looked suspicious...

    Asked all kinds of questions about my status etc., but seemed to be mostly looking for drugs. They seem to be stepping up these searches for the afternoon crowd driving back from Laem Singh. He was very curious about my Swedish snuff pack though... Smelled it, touched, broke it apart...

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    As you mentioned snus. We were dragged out of a taxi in BKK and searched a while ago. i think nov/dec last year.
    At the time, my uncle had got this smart idea: He only had a couple of snus portions left in his box, threw the original container, then put them in one of those resealable pharmacy bags to save space.. For some lucky reason they didnt notice them. Would probably have taken a while to explain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post

    Where do they go from here if not elections ??
    Probably a "Peoples Council", so they can continue without having an election..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarzan View Post
    Probably a "Peoples Council", so they can continue without having an election..
    Very dangerous line to walk.. To do so then clearly shows the lack of impartiality (we know, but they can at least pretend) to the army.. It also makes the judicial coup undeniable..

    The chance of a red uprising, or some form of civil disobedience and even insurgency, those would sky rocket if they do that.

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    Just a thought. If they call an election on the 3 Aug that doesn't mean the bars are closed? I arrive on the 2nd

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    Great. I leave for bkk next week.

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    Absolutely no one could have seen that coming huh ??

    Lets drop those pesky elections if they are too difficult.. I guess we will just have to appoint someone..

    Drop poll if too dangerous: Army
    The Nation May 21, 2014 1:00 am
    Election Commission (EC) secretary general Puchong Nutrawong said the Army had told him that if the next general election was likely to result in bloodshed, or would be too difficult to arrange, the EC should drop it.

    Puchong was speaking after attending a meeting with Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha together with many senior bureaucrats yesterday.

    Earlier, EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said the caretaker government had submitted a request to the EC asking for the general election to be postponed to August 3, from an original schedule of July 2.

    Puchong said the EC would call a meeting of its own today to discuss what to do next after martial law took effect. He said he regarded the law as a tool to constitute peace and order. He said it would also be taken into consideration along with other laws regarding arrangements for the next general election.

    In a message received from the government, Somchai said interim government leader Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan had also submitted requests for other conditions. They included that Niwattumrong was legitimate in operating as the interim prime minister to submit to or receive from His Majesty the King any command. Niwattumrong had also asked the EC to give a reply to his requests by Friday, said Somchai.

    Somchai, speaking before the meeting between Prayuth and the senior officials, said that under the current political situation, the EC would also need to discuss the general election with the military. "Discussing the election [date] between the EC and the [caretaker] government alone would not be sufficient, without the military being involved," he added.

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    No one is falling for this sh1te anymore. Looks like we are heading for some form of uprising or insurrection in BKK

    The only hope can be that there is some form of acceptable way forward through discussions

    The level of mentality in bkk is unreal.....most are more concerned about getting a selfie or who is the most handsome soldier

    The days of Thai rak Thai are over!!!!
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    Democracy has gone downhill since they kicked out Thaksin. Its just the nature of the country. They cant handle democracy. They need 1 or 2 more generations to grow up and learn the ropes....

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    Yeah right, Thaksin the poor peoples savior.....he became the 7th richest man on the planet for a while saving democracy in Thailand.........Keep'em poor and uneducated and they will vote for ya 555
    A blowjob is better than no job!!

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    He also.. Gave free (or token payment) healthcare, raised minimum wages, started the OTOP program for rural development, started the million baht per village fund, diverted large sums into infrastructure in the poorest regions (roads etc), set up farming subsidy, first car tax breaks, etc etc etc etc..

    Were many of these programs costly ?? sure.. Were many riddled with corruption ?? Undoubtedly... He is absolutely a corrupt self interested bastard, yet who in Thai politics isnt ?? Suthep ?? The sor por kor scandal king ?? The person who brought down the last democrat government to win an election ??

    Who else has done a fraction as much for them ?? Before they were just left to get nothing, a couple hundred baht every few years for whoever they were told to vote for. They have woken up and realized they have a majority, and they can have demands, they can expect government to spend some their way in exchange for their support. That genie wont go back in the bottle.
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    Ohh and I dont think he was anything like the 7th richest.. I dont know if he even made the the forbes 400 ??

    Forbes has him at 6th in Thailand.. 1092nd in billionaires..

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