Thursday, September 21, 2006

Our neighbor has done it (Thailand Coup)

Just a day after 18 years anniversary of military coup in neighboring Burma, Thailand has followed suit in a bloodless coup. Martial law was imposed and political gatherings were banned.

None of the world leaders expected it. The western democracy countries condemned the coup while the Asian leaders decided just to express shock. However, no comment was to be heard from Burma so far. May be they knew it beforehand... (may be)

September 11, 2006 (from International Herald Tribune)
Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, making his second visit to Myanmar in just over a month, met with Senior Gen. Than Shwe, the regime's supreme leader in Myanmar's new administrative capital of Naypyidaw, 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Yangon, diplomats said.

The diplomats asked not to be named because they were not authorized to release information to the press, and the government provided no details of the talks.
(they were not authorized to release information?? Hmm…)

Another senior Thai military officer, Supreme Commander Gen. Ruengroj Maharsaranond, visited Myanmar and met Than Shwe in Naypyidaw early last month.

Look at the newly formed reform council. Both Generals who visited barely a week before the coup were in it with Sondhi the head.

September 20,2006 (from Bloomberg)
Sondhi, 59, gave his address flanked by the other military leaders, including Supreme Commander Ruangroj Mahasaranon, Royal Thai Navy Chief Sathiraphan Keyanont, and Royal Thai Air Force Chief Chalit Pukbhasuk and the country's police chief.

And the similarity with the process.
(from channelnewsasia)

Sonthi said the government to be appointed by the military would be tasked with drafting a new constitution that would provide the framework for new general elections

(sounds like our national assembly and road map?)

The similarity of the speech
(from channelnewsasia)

Sonthi said their provisional council "needed to seize power to control the situation, to restore normalcy and to create unity as soon as possible."

He vowed the council "has no intention to rule but to return power to the people as soon as possible."

(“The army will return to barracks”. General Saw Maung speech to Burmese people before 1990 election.)

may be(may be) Genral Sonthi and Co went to Burma to learn how to put a country under the military rule.

Oh well, we wish our neighbors all the best. They might be luckier than us.
The apology:The spellings of the names are different from one web site to another. I have no idea which one is correct either.