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John K

So How Was Your Coup Today?

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So how was your coup today?

I would like to make this thread a record of peoples feelings and experiences of how the coup has and will continue to effect you. What emotions did you experience, what sights did you see, or anything that you can document without political spin. I think someday we can and will look back and reflect on this moment in our lives.

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I found out about the coup almost immediatly last night and wasn't worried at all because I have been through them before.

I watched a lot of news last night ( my CNN/BBC didn't go off) and had a very good coup and a very good day and was filled with pride at the Thai people and the Army for remaining gentle and non-violent and indeed laughing the whole thing off.

Besides the amazing babes, that is why I live here!

Edited by Ulysses G.

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The first 24 hours for me;

For me last night I was busy typing yet another post about Thaksin when over my right shoulder I saw in TV the footage of the King. I did not give it much thought and actually thought it was a commercial. After a few minutes I realized it was running for a while. I checked a few other channels and realized the end game was underway. I did not know who was staging the coup, and noticed a new thread had appeared in the news clippings section of TV. From there I noted that the BBC was still on my TV as it is free with my apartment. As the evening progressed my thoughts were bouncing between seeing Thaksin’s face and arrogance saying he was still PM. I visualized a pouting two year old jumping up and down saying “I am still Prime Minister.” At about Midnight I decided to go to sleep. I woke up around 6 AM and checked the latest news and decided it would be a light day. I moved my evening appointments up to accommodate any night travel concerns they may have.

I ventured out to get a meal and the Body language of the people I encountered reflected cautious optimism but also uncertainty.

My emotions were a sense of relief and also uncertainly. I felt the coup was for the good yet unfortunate that the extremity of a coup was needed, but I also felt Thaksin left few if any other options.

Edited by John K

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It was a quiet day in the Suk. area. I was at the Emporium and saw very few shoppers around. Several shops were closed in the complex (AIS shop on 3rd floor) but the main dept store was open. Most sales people were just chatting among themselves and very little shopping being done. Plenty of seats available in the food court and all the restaurants I saw.

Streets were empty of cars and traffic was extremely light as most people stayed home. I would say traffic was much lighter than a typical Sunday which is the day with least amount of traffic normally. Itwas almost New Years when the majority of the people have left the city and it takes only 10 minutes to drive from outer Sukhumvit to Silom via the streets. I had a seat on the BTS in both directions and noted several other seats available in the car I was in.

I talked to a few Thai people and most seemed to welcome the departure of Mr. T. Several of them said it was long overdue and no one expressed any sympathy for him. According to most, he had overstepped the boundary of decency in Thai eyes. No one seemed in the least bit cautious about discussing the situation.

I had a scheduled hosp appt this afternoon and called the hosp (govt) and they said all out patient dept appts had been cancelled. Have to reschedule that in a few days.

One final note on somethng that was definitely different. At Suk and Soi 26, there were a few soldiers with rifles standing there and waiting. I asked one if I could take a picture of them and the older one (Sgt probably) said okay to take a picture of the younger soldiers so I did.

There was some kind of troop transport vehicle (not a tank or Hummer) parked in Soi 26/1 (I think that is the soi name) right off Suk and Soi 26. Thre were a couple of soldiers inside the vehicle and several standing "guard" across the street. In total about 7-8 uniformed and armed soldiers in the area of Suk/ Soi 26 where I have never seen any before. They didn't seem to be expecting anything to happen and maybe were just part of the marketing scheme for the new "temporary" regime.

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I live up in the central region about 60 km southwest of Khampaeng Phet and in the village it was market day as normal except the bank was closed as were the schools.

I went on down to Nakhon Sawan and it was the same in Big C.

Up here it seems as though nothing has changed (and it probably hasn't).

austallia_1980 Posted Today, 2006-09-20 22:34:55

I am shocked at how happy and proud Thais and Farang are of the Thai Military's decision to declare Martial Law and interfere with the democratic process.

Why are you shocked?

As far as I can see Mr Thaksin has subverted many government officials and indirectly and directly changed the laws of the country to suit himself and his friends.

He has tried most years to change the military promotions list and promoted family and friends into positions of authority in the police and military.

I think the term I am looking for is som nam na.

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I was out till 3am here in Pattaya, got home went to bed and heard nothing of it until 8am this morning. Read up on it in English so I knew exactly what happend. Then I took a big walk to the Police station and other government buildings and saw it was all as usual (nothing different from outside), the hookers were down the beach as usual too as if nothing had happened. My personal feeling was that democracy went out the window but then again the Thai people around me seem happy about the way the army pulled it all off and in the end seemed like a typical Thai solution, TIT. :o

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Went to bed at 3 a.m., got up at noon, left the house at 1, didn't see any tanks so proceeded to my local starbucks and read the papers. There was a run on the laundry machines today, so I have to go home and do laundry now. That's about it.

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I am shocked at how happy and proud Thais and Farang are of the Thai Military's decision to declare Martial Law and interfere with the democratic process.

Makes a change from the hum- drum of ....just another day in Bangers....

my phone has never stopped ringing and I am over here........

Who did you say is arriving at the airport?...eh.... :o

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Not my coup of tea.

:D:D:D ...yes: keep on smiling guys................ :o

LaoPo

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Is it not great or what............. Thaksin is in London where he own a big building. He did not allow any farang to own anything in Thailand ( understand me right ), but he has the right to own buildings in London and who know where else?

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Is it not great or what............. Thaksin is in London where he own a big building. He did not allow any farang to own anything in Thailand ( understand me right ), but he has the right to own buildings in London and who know where else?

UK laws are not the same as Thai laws......... :o

LaoPo

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