Thailand Military Coup (2014)

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On May 22, 2014, the military of Thailand took over the government for approximately the dozenth time in the past century. Thailand has long had problems with stability, with most of the country split into pro- and anti-government. Where the poor and rural citizens were for the government, upper and middle class citizens decried it. Some politically-based violence occurred, resulting in death and injury. The prime minister until the coup, Yingluck Shinawatra, violated the constitution and was removed from office. There were demonstrations for days to come, until such time as the military declared martial law. This eventually escalated into a full-scale coup d'etat. Some restrictions on the people (still in effect) include limited freedoms of speech, press, and gatherings.

Gathering of demonstrators and military.

While the coup was prompted by political strife, there seems to be little support from all sides involved. The military is mostly reliant on martial law, but they are not hesitant to use force. Freedoms are suppressed for everybody. There does not appear to be any end in sight. No new government system has been proposed, and even if there was, Thailand's long history of military insurrection and public outcry almost guarantees its failure. A more effective solution than force would be the installation of a direct republic or representatives that truly represented the people.

Line of soldiers with shields.

Criteria for Just War:

Just Cause: Debatable. Military claims to be taking over to mitigate violence, but there may be a power variable involved.

Legitimate Authority: No. While the military is a part of the nation, citizens have no say in it or its top brass.

Right Intention: Yes. The intent is to provide some support to Thailand.

Last Resort: No. More effort put into pushing through hard times instead of instant abandonment would significantly improve future situations.

Probability of Success: Debatable. While the military easily took over, there is still the matter of a successor government.

Comparative Justice: Does not factor.

Noncombatant Immunity: No. Citizens are denied numerous freedoms and may be punished for not following martial law.

Proportionality: Debatable.

Demonstrators protesting against military takeover.


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