Thailand Coup d'etat (2014)

In Thailand, the military seized control of the government in a formal coup. In Thailand, this is the eleventh shift on power since it stopped being a monarchy. Before the coup, there had been a string of protests between some protesters and the government who was formerly in power.

Protesters in Bangkok have barricaded roads and occupied key road junctions in a bid to oust the government before elections on 2 February. Around 18,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain order, as protesters call for an unelected "people's council" to replace the government. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called the snap elections amid ongoing protests, but the move has failed to calm unrest. The current protests are the latest stage in a 12-year power struggle between supporters and opponents of Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's billionaire brother and fugitive former prime minister.

In a televised address, Gen. Prayuth and other army leaders billed the coup as a chance to reset politics and enact reforms they say are needed to ensure respect for democracy.

Since the coup, there have been some people in favor of the new military controlled government, and some people opposed to it. Those opposed claim that it is not democratic to have the military control the government. However, those who are in favor of the military controlling the government are just happy to see the end of the prior feud between protesters and the old government.

Was the coup good or bad?

Overall, the coup has resulted in the end of a violent string of protests against the former government. However, now to means that the new military controlled government must make reforms to the constitution which some people in Thailand do not want. The coup has also harmed relationships between the U.S. And Thailand's military. Thailand's economy also took a hit because of the coup, because prior to the coup, martial law was declared. This harmed Thailand's tourism which is a big source of income for the country. Only time will tell whether or not this coup was good for Thailand.

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