The Thai military declares a coup...
"General Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared a coup to prevent further loss of life and prevent the conflict from further escalating." BKK Post
Now, the back story; it appears this has been done so the two sides do not lose face**.
The acting PM has refused to attend the meetings and Lambert's favorite Thai, Suthep, has refused to compromise. The meetings have been deadlocked from the beginning.
Because they have been meeting for 3 days with no progress, this may very well be a move by the military to save face for the opposing parties. It gives them a way forward, seemingly being forced by the military to arrive at a solution and go forward with an election.
I'm sure the noise will be immense, especially from the west and most especially the U.S.
Ignore the hyperbole and pay attention to what is seen/done, not what is said.
This is the 12th coup since 1932, so nothing especially unique here.
This happened about 10 minutes ago, so, very new and the next few hours will be interesting at the very least...
You might also interested in this editorial by a Thai university professor Ajarn Voranai;
This was written today before the coup was declared, but still very relevant to the situation on the ground. I agree with Ajarn (Thai for professor) Voranai's assessment and conclusions, even post coup.
**For those unfamiliar with Asian and specifically Thai culture; face is everything. Cause a loss of face and it will cost a friendship/relationship (forever) at best, and could well get one killed, at worst.
That's how serious this is in Thai culture. So, as a political expedient, this may well be a wise move.
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