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Old 09-20-2006, 10:20 AM
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Default Military Coup in Thailand

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The insider's guide to ... the Thai coup
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(CNN) -- Everything you ought to know about the military takeover in Bangkok.

So what happened?

The Thai military seized control of government buildings and television stations in Bangkok in a bloodless coup on Tuesday while Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was away in New York attending the U.N. General Assembly. Army Chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin has been placed in charge of the country as head of an interim military-run Political Reform Council, revoking the country's constitution and declaring martial law as tanks and troops continue to police the streets.

A bit sneaky, wasn't it?

Perhaps, but so far there has been no sign of any opposition to the coup, with military leaders having been received by Thailand's popular monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thaksin, prime minister since 2001 and one of Thailand's richest businessmen, had become an increasingly controversial figure in recent months amid allegations of corruption and cronyism, despite being re-elected by a landslide in 2005 and enjoying widespread popularity in the countryside because of his populist spending policies, including the introduction of virtually free healthcare for the rural poor.

What is Thaksin accused of?

Thaksin has been using Thailand as a front for his family telecommunications business, Shin, according to his critics. In January he made around $1.9 billion by selling his family's controlling stake to Singapore's state investment company, paying no tax on the sale. Opponents claimed the deal involved insider trading and the sale of national assets to a foreign government. In April, Thaksin staged and won a snap election in an attempt to defuse the crisis, only for the result to be ruled unconstitutional by the national court. A fresh ballot on his leadership had been scheduled for November which Thaksim's Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais) party had been expected to win.

Tanks on the street, generals on television ... it's all a bit old-fashioned, isn't it?

"Military coups are a thing of the past," Sonthi said recently, with a wink. "Political troubles should be resolved by politicians." But although Thailand (formerly Siam) has been a stable democracy since 1991, it has a long history of this sort of thing, with 18 coups since it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

So what happens next?

The army has promised to return power to the people swiftly and says a new prime minister will be appointed within two weeks. "I would like to assure that the Council has no intention of running the country by itself and will return power, under the constitutional monarchy, to the people as soon as possible," Sonthi said.

What about Thaksin?

Somewhat belatedly, Thaksin announced he had fired Sonthi and ordered him to report to the office of his deputy PM. He also declared a state of emergency and insisted, against the evidence of local reports, that his government remained in charge of the armed forces. But Thaksin was last seen heading for London, where he has an apartment, to meet his family and plot his next move.

So should I cancel my holiday to Phuket?

So far the coup has been unmarked by violence but most countries including the U.S., the EU states and Australia are warning citizens planning to visit Thailand to reconsider until the situation settles down. Those in the country are being urged to stay in their homes or avoid large gatherings. New Zealand told its citizens not to go sightseeing around government buildings. But flights in and out of the country are undisturbed, and organizers of next week's Thailand Open tennis tournament also said the event would go ahead -- so pack your racket.

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Old 09-20-2006, 10:24 AM
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Also, how the Thai auto industry is responding:

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Thai coup disrupts Japanese auto makers' production

By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent
Wednesday, September 20, 2006; 5:23 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Production at Japanese auto makers' factories in Thailand was disrupted on Wednesday after the country's armed forces seized power in Bangkok, with Nissan Motor Co. <7201.T>, Mazda Motor Corp. <7261.T> and others calling off work for the day.

Most Japanese auto makers have major manufacturing and export bases in Thailand, which has welcomed foreign assemblers in a bid to build up a strong auto components industry.

"There has been a strong recommendation to stay indoors," a Nissan spokeswoman in Tokyo said, adding that the company had confirmed that all 52 Japanese employees at Nissan and affiliated companies were safe. She said a decision on whether to reopen its plants, on the outskirts of Bangkok, on Thursday would be made later.

Nissan's two factories build about 200 Frontier pickup trucks, Teana sedans and Tiida compact cars a day.

Mazda, which has a 50-50 joint venture factory with Ford's controlling shareholder Ford Motor Co. <F.N> in Rayong, about a three-hour drive from Bangkok, has also canceled work for the day, including at its sales and regional offices in the capital.

Toyota Motor Corp. <7203.T>, Japan's top auto maker and the No. 1 seller in Thailand, had earlier told employees to stay at home but later lifted that order. The original directive had not reached many of the workers, and the three factories had been operating as usual from their 7:30 a.m. start.

Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe later told a news conference in Tokyo that the auto maker had decided to cancel the second shift, starting at 5:30 p.m. local time.

"I expect there will be some impact on production and sales, but we don't know by how much," he said. A decision on whether to resume production on Thursday has not yet been made, Toyota said.

Rival Honda Motor Co. <7267.T> canceled work for the first shift at its car plant in Bangkok but said it planned to resume for the second shift starting at 8 p.m. local time. Its motorcycle factory was operating as usual, a spokeswoman said.

Honda builds about 480 units of the Accord, City, Civic and other cars daily at the factory.

Truck maker Isuzu Motors Ltd. <7202.T>, which has a major production base in Thailand, shut down its two truck factories outside Bangkok at 9 a.m. local time after 90 minutes of work. A spokesman said Isuzu was studying how to proceed on Thursday, gauging the flow of components and distribution capabilities.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s <7211.T> factory in Chonburi, southeast of Bangkok, was running as usual, reporting no impact on exports.

Shares in Japanese auto makers ended weaker across the board, but most outperformed the broader market. The transport sector subindex <.ITEQP.T> lost 0.59 percent, shaving earlier losses, while Tokyo's TOPIX closed 1.37 percent lower.

Not good for Toyota and Isuzu... especially with the newly released D-MAX and MU-7.

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Old 09-20-2006, 08:09 PM
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From what I understand, it's good the coup occured, and they got that corrupt politician out of office. Good sign that the forces are pledging loyalty to King as well, so that democracy can return as soon as possible to Thailand.
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:24 PM
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Somewhat off-topic, but with Thailand having had a coup disposing of an unpopular leader, Taiwan's probably bound to follow suit. I'm sure the protesters there are aching to do more than sit there thumbs-down-ing the president.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:43 AM
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Thai people do everything as normal now.
not thing to panic.
we can go to work,go to school, go some shopping as normal.
there is no violence here.tourist can travel here as normal too.

if someone have plan to visit Thailand, you can come as normal.
the new Suvannabhumi airport will open on next Friday as schedule.

anyways ,if you come here, you will see thai people give
flowers and foods to military people.
and you will see somepeople take a picture of soldiers and tanks, the latter include foreiner tourist .

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Old 09-21-2006, 06:28 AM
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:49 AM
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Its not a violent coup, just as simple and quiet take-over, and thats mainly it. Nothing to be worried about.
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