Martial Law May Soon Be Lifted … On Paper

Thai junta leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha hinted on Friday that martial law would soon be lifted and replaced with a controversial section of the interim constitution that gives the military junta equally sweeping powers. Martial law has been in place since May 20 last year, two days before the military takeover that brought… Continue Reading

Junta Leader Blames “Too Much Democracy” for Political Crisis

Speaking at a conference in Bangkok, junta leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha today blamed “too much democracy” for the Thailand’s protracted political crisis. Khaosod English quotes the retired army chief as saying: Our country has seen so much trouble because we have had too much democracy, unlike other countries where the government has more… Continue Reading

Thailand After The Coup – Updates

Note: This is a regularly updated post for politically interested readers; most developments reported here will remain largely invisible for and/or have no impact on the average tourist. As previously, Thailand remains safe for foreign visitors, and most tourists will hardly notice that the kingdom is effectively under military rule. While a return to democracy… Continue Reading

Grenade Attack Rocks Bangkok’s Criminal Court

An explosion presumably from a small Russian-made RGDS grenade rocked the Criminal Court on Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Road after it was hurled into the court’s parking lot at around 8 p.m. Saturday night. Two men on a motorcycle who had reportedly been “under surveillance” by security forces, were arrested after a brief exchange of gunfire with… Continue Reading

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