On September 19, 2006 the was a Military Coup D' Etat in Thailand.
The evening of September 19, 2006 the democratically elected Thailand government of PM Thaksin Shinawatra was over thrown by a military coup.
Thai Army tanks roll through Bangkok, Tuesday night September 19, 2006.
Note yellow ribbon on tanks cannon = Yellow Shirt tank!
250,000 Demonstrate against Thaksin at Siam Square in the Spring of 2006.
Yellow shirts in the crowd represent support for the King & the pink shirts are worn by Chula University students ( the Chula University Campus is adjacent to Siam Square .. in fact MOST of Siam Sq is owned by the Chula University Trust, After the Red Shirt riots of 2010 Chula reduced or waved rental fees until business was back to normal .. the rebuilding was incredibly quick .. the Loy Krathong candle festival on Chula's campus lake is the best!)
Thaksin Mai Noi, singer Lydia
Suvarnabhumi Airport was claimed as one of the crowning achievements of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin. The military-installed government that ousted Thaksin has opened several corruption investigations into the airport .. the airport has become a focal point of corruption investigations into Thaksin's administration.
July 5, 2007. The Military Junta has approved a new constitution. The new constitution severely limits the power of the Prime Minister & is in effect an anti-Thaksin constitution, taking aim at precisely the abuses the former prime minister is charged with.
4 months after opening Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is suffering from cracked runways .. cracks large enough to pose a safety risk.
The cracks were reported in the Bangkok Post 2 years prior to the airport opening. A lawsuit was threatened by PM Thaksin, the Bangkok Post published a retraction & the editor who uncovered the faulty construction was fired!
More than 100,000 sq meters (1,000,000 sq feet) of runway are affected. The the construction was bonded by Diphaya Insurance. Repair costs are expected to be more than Bt1 billion ($25m)
Both domestic & international flights in January 2007 are being delayed dues to runway safety.
There is NO REPORTED VIOLENCE OR GUN FIRE!
This is a popular peaceful & bloodless Coup.
Up to 84% of people in Bangkok support the military's removal of PM Thaksin (aka Toxin).
3 Months Post Coup Update
December 10 is Constitution day in Thailand celebrating the 1977 constitution .. the 1977 constitution was in effect torn up on September 19.
3 months after the Coup D'etat martial law is still in effect in the northern Thai provinces most loyal to Taksin & in the Muslim south.
In the 77 years since the end of the absolute monarchy & the establishment of a constitutional monarchy Thailand has had 17 Constitutions & 18 Coups.
King Rama IX remains the most powerful man in Thailand & the leaders of the 2006 Coup are loyal to the King.
As usual the Thai people found a unique form of demonstration. Protesters are holding plastic banners with anti-Thaksin slogans .. plastic sheets made from hundreds of used consumer product labels .. shampoo . water. soft drink . 100s of labels .. an environmental statement in addition to political.
After the April mass demonstrations Thaksin initially agreed to step down .. the demonstrations went away .. then he reconsidered & here we are in September ..
When Thailand's military decided to overthrow Prime Minister Thaksin he was in the midst of promoting his supporters into key posts in order for the the billionaire businessman to strengthen his grip on power.
General Sonthi (or Sondhi), the coup leader, was recalled (in order to be demoted) the day of the coup.
Thaksin was reported ready to promote his cousin, Gen. Chaiyasit Shinawatra, to the post of Army commander -- the position that Gen. Sonthi held before the PM's recall..
In order to build a criminal case against Thaksin (to help justify the coup) the military council has empowered Thailand's top graft investigator, Auditor-General Jaruvan Maintaka, to investigate the previously suppressed allegations of corruption in Mr. Thaksin's government.
Bank of Thailand Governor MR Pridayadhorn Devakula cut short his trip to attend the International Monetary Fund / World Bank meeting in Singapore and he arrived back in Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon. He has been quoted as saying that he agreed to accept to become acting Prime Minister.
Pridiyathorn Devakula, is a respected banker who stood up to Mr. Thaksin on financial-policy issues and clamped down on lending at state-owned Krung Thai Bank that in 2004 was beginning to undermine the bank's financial stability.
The Thai press has reported for years the alleged (widely accepted & seemingly documented) allegations of extreme abuse of power by Thaksin.
I do not think I have ever seen a pro Thaksin article in the English language Thai press.
It appears to be a fact that Thaksin's government has granted he & his cronies monopolies in key areas of Thai business, like the Thaksin family telecommunication monopoly.
It also appears to be documented (widely reported in a free press) that Thaksin transferred millions of shares of his telecommunication monopoly to the Thaksin family maids in an attempt to hide his family's control.
Bangkok's English language newspaper "The Nation" reported Friday that the military has set up a committee to investigate the assets of Thaksin and 15 members of his cabinet.
The National Counter Corruption Commission includes Panthep Glanarongran, a graft-buster who led a probe of Thaksin in 2001 and eight current or retired senior civil servants.
Thaksin would not be their sole target according to the newspare report.
Yellow ribbons indicate support for King Rama IX. The Thai people's love for Rama IX is unfathomable to a westerner.
Thaksin's primary support came from rural areas where he promised villages more improvements than any government could provide .. cash grants to all villages, infrastructure improvements to all villages .. none of which actually happened.
Thaksin promised grants of 1 million baht, us$25, 000., to each village.
To get / buy votes Mr. Thaksin "has promised to the people things that cannot be done by any human being on earth," asserted Montri Chenvidayakarn.
Summing up the case against Thaksin, NCCC secretary-general Klanarong Chanthick told the court evidence of Thaksin's intentional asset concealment "abounds".
Some of the tanks & most of the military are displaying yellow banners in honor of King Rama IX.( note yellow ribbon on the tank's machine gun barrel.) The Thai people's love of King Rama IX would be impossible for a westerner to understand.
Wednesday evening Sept. 20: Rama IX reports that he supports the military. Apparently both the police & military are loyal primarily to the King.
The expressways were almost as congested as usual.
For those with friends & family in Thailand: The phone systems are working but with extreme congestion.
Wednesday Morning Bangkok TV:
At present the government reforms the democratic regime
with the King as chief .
& now .. Latest Announcement from the Coup Leaders: 4 AM Wednesday. .. YAWN..
The current constitution, drafted in 1997, is now repealed.
The House of Representatives, the Senate, the Cabinet and the Constitution Court are now dissolved.
The courts of justice, except the Constitution Court, will retain their full power to adjudicate cases according to the law and the announcements of the council.
Facts & Background:
Tuesday September 18: PM Thaksin striving to control the long rumored coup declared a state of emergency recalled Thai Army commander Commander-in-Chief General Sondhi from the Muslim terror ravaged deep terror south of Thailand .. The Thai South borders on Muslim Malaysia.
The extremely unpopular Thaksin agreed to step down in April, 2006 .. then did a politician "two-step" & changed his mind.
Martial law has been declared.
PM Thaksin has been accused of extreme corruption. Voter fraud.
Several of Thaksin's chief aids & TRT party ministers were convicted & sentenced to prison in August & September 2006.
Class 10 of the Chulachorn Klao Military Academy, who are loyal to Thaksin, were preparing to resist the Coup..
The Academy Corp knows that the final showdown had come.
They got the Third and Fourth Calvary Battalion w/ the Antiaircraft Artillery prepared within their barracks. :-o!
Thank goodness the students listened to their teachers & did not do anything stupid.
Steven Colbert / The Colbert Report on Comedy Central showed the Thai UN delegation text messaging during Bush's speech at the UN .. of course there was a military coup happening at that instant..